As a learning scientist, my area of research is at the praxis of Translational Research and Learning Technology. Before coming to the University of British Columbia, I was Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria (UVic; 2011-17), and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Assessment and Learning Technologies (2010-11). I hold a Ph.D in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University, a M.Ed in Educational Psychology with a specialization Instructional Technology and a B.Ed in Secondary Science and Art Education from the University of Alberta.
My most important role, however, is that of a heart failure survivor and two-time heart transplant recipient. Following my heart transplants, to honour the efforts of my medical team and the sacrifice of my donors, I have worked hard to advocate for the inclusion of patients as partners in health care practice and research. As such I am a public beneficiary member on the Medical Services Commission of BC, member of the Heart & Stroke Women’s Heart and Brain Health Research Steering Committee, and the first Patient Group Representative on Health Canada’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Medical Devices Used in the Cardiovascular System. I am also an active keynote speaker, and in July 2016 co-founded the HeartLife Foundation, Canada’s first – and only – national patient-led heart failure organization. In October 2019, along with my co-founders of HeartLife, I was awarded the prestigious Dr. Harold N. Segall Award of Merit from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in recognition of their significant contribution to the promotion of cardiovascular health in Canadians.