-PhD in Environmental Studies, York University (2016)
-Masters in Environmental Studies, York University (2011)
-Environmental/Sustainability Education Diploma, York University (2011)
-Honors Bachelor of Science with Distinction, University of Toronto (St. George Campus) (2009)
I have over a decade experience working within racialized communities across the greater Toronto area first as a youth programmer, and now as a health researcher doing work across the country. My body of work aims to utilize research as an avenue for sharing the stories and realities of Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities for the improvement of the health and wellbeing of our communities.
My areas of interest include: critical race and class theories, anti-/de-colonial theory, African diasporic and Indigenous community health, HIV/AIDS, public health, social determinants, political economy, sexual and reproductive wellbeing, equity in education, and community-based research.
Recent and Ongoing Projects:
-Principal Applicant, No One Left Behind: setting the agenda for the future of HIV research with African, Caribbean and Black communities in Canada. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2018-2019).
-Co-Applicant, Shifting our Outlook: A Waterloo Region Symposium to Enhance the Health and Wellbeing of Gender and Sexual Minorities. The Institute of Gender and Health, CIHR (2018-2019).
-Principal Applicant, Community Based Research Media Lab. John Evan’s Leaders Fund, The Canadian Innovation Fund and the Ontario Research Fund. (2018-2019).
-Co-applicant, OutLook GBTMSM Situational Assessment: Comprehensive Analyses and Targeted Knowledge Translation and Exchange. The Ontario HIV/AIDS Treatment Network. (2018-2019)
-Principal Investigator, Adinkrahene: Improving Access to HIV services for African Caribbean and Black people in Waterloo Region, Ontario. Laurier Internal Grants Competition A (2017-2019)
-Co-Investigator, Celling Sex: Young Women, Transactional sex and HIV Prevention with cellphones. Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. (2017-2019).
-Principal Investigator, Proclaiming our Roots: A digital oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people. Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (2016-2019).
-Principal Investigator, African, Caribbean, and Black Intravenous Drug Use Needs Assessment Project. Peel HIV/AIDS Network (2016-2019).
-Collaborator, GBTMSM Situational Assessment Project. Ontario HIV/AIDS Treatment Network Community-Based Research and Evaluation Fund (2016).
-Principal Investigator, Women in Health Working Toward Health: Connecting the Narratives of Women of Color for our Wellbeing Project. Women's Xchange Fund (2014-2015).