Statement of Research Interests
I am interested in how practitioners negotiate the tensions between theory and practice and how knowledge is generated through professional practice - what Schön calls epistemologies of practice. I study the ways in which reflection is enacted in professional life to discern action, to foster knowledge development and exchange, to inform ethical practice, and to promote social justice.
I am engaged in theoretical work that contributes to conceptualizations of reflection, reflective practice, reflexivity, dialogue, and identity. My work also considers how humanities in health care (i.e. aesthetic, metaphoric, and narrative approaches) can foster reflection and contribute to social awareness and an ethic of care.
In the field of occupational science I am interested in the occupational life worlds of health care practitioners and people with disabilities, and the implications for education, professional practice, and policy. My research investigates the ethical tensions that health practitioners encounter, and systemic issues that contribute to or counteract such tensions.
In addition, occupational justice, occupational identity, creative occupation and end-of-life occupation are areas of interest. Methodologically, I am interested in social research, questions concerning epistemology, and philosophical foundations of interpretive and critical 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, Reflection in Professional Life Research Lab
Interdisciplinary Research in Health Professional Education and Practice Lab
Member, INSPiRE, Interdisciplinary Network for Scholarship in Professions' Research in Education, Western University
Researcher, CERI, Centre for Education Research and Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University.
Research Team & Instructional Design Member, Preceptor Education Project (PEP)