Statement of Research Interests
The overarching aim of my scholarship is to consider practical and philosophical questions concerning the nature of knowledge relevant for professional practice.
My work contributes to understandings of professional knowledge, particularly in relation to the way knowledge is generated through reflection in and on practice - what Schön calls epistemologies of practice. I study the ways in which reflection is enacted in professional life to foster practitioner knowledge development and exchange, ethical actions, and social justice. In particular, my research focuses on reflective practice, critical reflexivity, professional ethics, practical wisdom (phronesis), embodied knowledge, and mindfulness in practice.
My work recognizes the perspectives of health and social care practitioners, and the perspectives of persons underrepresented in epistemic conversations as significant sources of knowledge generation. I work with the arts and humanities (metaphor, narrative, arts-based approaches) as important approaches to reflection, consciousness raising, and knowledge generation. My research also investigates ethical tensions in professional practice, how these are negotiated, and systemic issues that contribute to or counteract such tensions.
In the field of occupational science, I study the occupational life worlds of health and social care
practitioners and people living with disability or illness, and the implications
for knowledge generation. In this regard, I draw on various constructs including epistemic justice, critical disability studies, relational autonomy theory, occupational justice, occupational identity, creative occupation, and end-of-life occupation.
Methodologically, I am interested in interpretive and critical research, theoretical and philosophical foundations of qualitative research, reflexivity and relational ethics, and epistemological questions related to knowledge generation.
Professional Practice & Education; Epistemologies of Practice; Reflective Practice; Reflexivity; Ethical Practice; Practical Wisdom/ Phronesis; Embodied Knowledge; Mindfulness; Epistemic Justice; Occupational Justice; Critical Disability Studies; Relational Autonomy; Ethics of Care; Occupational Therapy/Occupational Science; Knowledge Paradigms; Interpretive & Critical Research; Arts-Based Approaches; Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Research
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Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Science,Western University
Associate Professor, Women's Studies & Feminist Research
Adjunct Associate Professor, RIPPLE, Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University
Director, Epistemologies of Practice Research Lab
Research Scientist, CERI, Centre for Education Research and Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
Field Leader, Health Professional Education Field, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program, University of Western Ontario
CURRENT DOCTORAL STUDENTS
PAST DOCTORAL STUDENTS
University of Alberta
Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres
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