Fourth Year Student, BA Honours in Health Studies and Political Studies, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University
I am a fourth-year Health Studies major with a Political Studies minor. My academic interests include harm reduction, drug policy, health policy, housing, public health, and health systems. I first began working with CEHE in my third year working under the supervision and Dr. Jeff Masuda and Erica Phipps. During this time I assisted with logistical work related to the RentSafe EquIP project and was able to experience participatory action research firsthand. I continued to work within the lab as a summer student where I worked within a team that helped to support archival research related to the Right to Remain during the summer of 2019. I am currently writing my Honours Thesis in Health Studies under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Masuda and remain involved with the Right to Remain. My thesis project aims to use materials from the Right to Remain archive to examine histories of community efforts to mitigate alcohol-related harm in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and place dominant accounts of this history in conversation with perspectives voiced through poetry and prose that was published in community publications.
My time working in the CEHE lab has been an invaluable opportunity to assist with the diverse mixed-methods research being conducted by an exemplary team. This experience has also encouraged me to approach my position as a student of public health in a reflexive way and integrate critical social theory into my exploration of public health research. I feel that the equity-focused work being done by the CEHE lab involving environmental health and community-centred participatory research is very important to the study of public health.
I hope to continue to study harm reduction, drug policy, public health and social policy at the graduate level after this year. In my free time I try to involve myself in political causes in the Kingston area, stay active, and read.