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I’m an Associate Scientist in the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a CIHR Fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health in the UC San Diego Department of Medicine.  I completed my Ph.D. (2017) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western University in London, Canada, where I was a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. I study the impacts of social, policy, and healthcare environments on the health of stigmatized populations. In particular, I conduct community-engaged research with transgender populations and people who use drugs, both domestically and globally.

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My doctoral research examined the impacts of discrimination on health behaviours among transgender people in Ontario, Canada, and developed a new instrument for measuring discrimination intersectionally in population health research. I am currently leading the scientific evaluation of supervised consumption services integrated within community health agencies in Toronto and I am Co-Principal Investigator for Trans PULSE Canada, a national survey of transgender health.

I also provide research, evaluation, and training services as a consultant. All of my work is informed by over a decade of front-line experience providing trans health, HIV prevention, and harm reduction services.