I am a Canadian researcher, educator, and learning scientist specializing in student agency and the mediating role of online learning technologies and social media on student success, mental health, and well-being. As the Director of the ALIVE Research Lab at the University of British Columbia I study agency ‘unbundled’ from formal learning contexts including social media, online and virtual immersive environments.
I am also a two-time heart transplant recipient, heart failure survivor, and co-founder of the HeartLife Foundation of Canada whose mission is to engage, educate, and empower the voices of those living with heart failure.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Assessment for Learning in Immersive and Virtual Environments (ALIVE) Research Lab.
My research focus is on the area of translational research across education, health, medicine, and STEM; student agency (philosophy), learning technology, and educational assessment. I specialize in mixed methods research and use autoethnography to educate others about the lived experience of heart failure and heart transplant.