I joined the School of Nursing in 2004. I am also a research affiliate and faculty member at the UVic Centre on Aging (COAG) where I completed post-doctoral studies.
My clinical background is primarily oncology and palliative care. Prior to joining UVic as a faculty member, I worked as a nurse clinician, clinical nurse specialist, and a researcher with local health authorities.
My research focuses on developing the knowledge needed to inform the development of health services in palliative and end of life care and with marginalized and vulnerable populations. I currently lead a number of funded studies focused on family care work at the end of life, knowledge translation in acute and long term care settings, and on the integration of a palliative approach into areas not traditionally served by palliative care.
I use qualitative and quantitative methods in my research. I received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a Scholar award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
I supervise master's and PhD students in the School of Nursing, the UVic Social Dimensions on Health program and interdisciplinary students interested in various aspects of care for the dying, family caregiving, and health and social policy issues related to chronically ill and vulnerable populations.