A Little About Me
In September of 2017 I began working on a PhD in practical theology at Emmanuel College in the Toronto School of Theology. My dissertation (which is a work in progress) is an exploration of the spiritual lives of people with lived experience of self-injury in order to serve healing. I am reading memoirs written by those who self-injure in order to listen to the voices of the memoirists. My research interests are: 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. My work often intersects with disability theology, and I am grateful to be able to learn from and collaborate with others who are studying and teaching disability theology at Emmanuel College.
I also provide leadership for a group of volunteers who hold church services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as a part of the team from Bathurst United Church in Toronto. We work with clients in the Forensics Assessment and Triage Unit and the Acute Care Unit. The gatherings are beautiful times of sharing with one another and of building community. In May of 2019, I became the Editorial Assistant at the Toronto Journal of Theology. In 2018 I won an Ontario Graduate Scholarship which has been a huge support to me.
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.