A Little About Me
My dissertation work (which is a work in progress) is an exploration of the spiritual lives of people with lived experience of self-injury. My research interests include: mental health and spirituality, disability theology and mad people's history.
Within my role at Emmanuel College, I have a research and teaching fellowship that enables me to work with students who are studying to become psycho-spiritual therapists, spiritual care providers and chaplains within the province of Ontario, Canada. My advisor is Dr. Pamela McCarroll, who is the Director of the Masters of Pastoral Studies Program at TST. I volunteered in the Spiritual Care department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto from 2018-2020.
In July of 2020, Crip theologian Miriam Spies and I launched The Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability which is committed to breaking new ground at the intersection of theology and mental health, exploring disability using an interfaith theological lens. Our priorities include publishing work by people with lived experience of mental illness and other disabilities, especially student work.
I am a member of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry, the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and the American Academy of Religion.