I am a faculty member from the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, where I teach courses such as Comparative Healthcare Systems; Health, Illness and Society; and Sociology of Health. My scholarly work includes areas of social policy, social determinants of health, population health, and healthcare financing. Most of my research aims to explore ways in which equity and equality can be achieved in areas of social security and healthcare access, particularly for improving disadvantaged populations’ quality of life and overall wellbeing.
As Chair of the Equity Committee (formerly the Status of Women & Equity Committee, or "SWEC"), I wish to promote a healthy workplace culture that nurtures our fellow faculty members’ academic excellence and ensures all members’ wellbeing. I also want to promote respect and caring which should be the basis of inclusion on campus.
My focus shifted from research to teaching in 2006 following my return from a two-year post-doc in Japan. After investing eight years in UBC classrooms, I accepted a Lecturer position in the Psychology department here at Waterloo. Originally trained as a researcher in evolutionary psychology, today I enjoy guiding students on their journeys through introductory level psychology, evolutionary psychology, and research methods for the behavioural sciences.
Why move to Waterloo from Vancouver? Better opportunities to contribute to the university community was one reason (another was housing prices). As a past member of the board on the Faculty Association and current Chair of the Lecturers Committee, my efforts are concentrated on teaching related issues that affect all members.
I’m a Father, a Son, and a Husband.
I am an assistant professor in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies at St. Jerome’s University where my teaching focuses on the formation and dissolution of close relationships. My research is on family law issues, including children’s experiences of shared custody, fathering after separation, the voice of the child, and building a KW-Guelph Community of Practice for diverse professionals who serve families in transition.
I am Vice President of the St. Jerome’s University Academic Staff Association, having previously served as Acting Secretary. I am a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and locally, the Waterloo Region Law Association.