B.A. Psychology, University of Manitoba
Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Washington
Office: UW1 334
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246
As an instructor I strive to create a classroom experience that provides the space for community learning. Therefore, I use group projects and simulations to promote classroom dialogue, and debate to foster critical engagement and interrogation of concepts presented in class. Additionally, I strive to introduce multiple methods of instruction to address various methods of student learning.
Real world examples are used to illustrate how to analyze and problem solve, apply analogies to larger social justice questions and occupational responsibilities. I use group collaboration to develop a community of learning, collaboration skills, and opportunities for knowledge development from the perspective of a researcher. Classroom debates provide opportunities for critical discourse, engagement and interrogation of concepts presented in class, and to illustrate how to apply critical thinking to all arguments including one's own.
Recent Courses Taught
BIS 226 Foundations of US Social Services
BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research
BIS 315 Understanding Statistics
BIS 410 Topics in Qualitative Inquiry: Strategies and Practices
BISLEP 302 Policy Analysis
BPOLST 502 Statistics for Policy Studies
My research focus lies within social epidemiology and the social demography of health. I investigate the intersection of race, ethnicity, and nativity, and its implications on population health. I am particularly interested in modeling the implications of racial discrimination and inequality generationally among foreign-born and native-born racial and ethnic minority populations. My analytic approach includes innovative uses of demographic techniques (such as multiple decrement life tables) to elucidate the long-term impact of racial discrimination and inequality on population health. Long term research goals include extending these questions to infant and child mental health.