I’m an incoming Master of Science student pursuing a degree in Health Promotion under the supervision of Dr. Elijah Bisung. I completed an undergraduate degree at Queen’s in Health Studies, and I’m excited to continue learning with the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
Over the course of my graduate studies I hope to look at health through the lens of climate change and youth activism. The 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C delivered a stark warning on upcoming climate change outcomes, and inspired youths worldwide, including Greta Thunberg, to take up activist activities to respond to the report and its warnings. I intend to explore how engagement with activism has impacted the psychosocial health of youth participants protesting lack of action on climate change.
I’m very grateful to outgoing graduate student Megan Fleming, with whom I have conducted research on language and risk perception during forest fires through the last year and a half of my undergraduate degree at Queen’s. Friendly exposure to the CEHE lab sparked my interest in pursuing graduate studies, and my longstanding interest in climate change and the wonderful courses of my Health Studies undergraduate degree helped direct me to my intended topic of interest. I am so excited to begin this journey!