I am a Métis scholar, born and raised in rural Alberta. I joined the Faculty of Education in both the School and Clinical Child Psychology and Counselling Psychology program areas in 2018 after completing my pre-doctoral internship in the Faculty of Education Clinical Services. I have a background in program evaluation, project management, children’s mental health, and working with Indigenous children and families using community-grounded methods. My theoretical approach to clinical and counselling practice is integrative and strengths-focused. My practice is guided by ecological systems theory, feminist theory, as well as holistic approaches to wellness and healing that honor Indigenous worldviews and traditions.
My research takes a relational, community-based participatory approach. I have conducted research with Indigenous communities across Alberta, and have a keen interest in continuing to learn from community members about how to conduct research in an ethical way that honors Indigenous perspectives while balancing academic research expectations. My research interests are mainly focused on exploring the strengths, resilience, and mental health of Indigenous children, youth, and families, as well as the use of arts-based methods with diverse populations. Through my dissertation, I examined the experiences and outcomes of teen families involved in a supportive housing program in partnership with the Terra Centre for Teen Parents. My research interests reflect that I am passionate about co-creating knowledge that has the potential for social change.