My scholarship is motivated by an intense curiosity concerning 1) the relationship between medicalized and artistic representations of the body, and 2) how the human body functions as a kind of litmus test for assessing divergent disciplinary values and epistemologies.
I am the Founding Director and Principal Investigator of SCOPE: The Health Humanities Learning Lab, an arts- and humanities-based research and education initiative that launched in Summer 2016. You can read more about SCOPE (and my awesome interdisciplinary team) here.
I received my PhD from the Department of English at the University of Toronto where, over the course of my degree, I also participated in the transdisciplinary collaborative program “Health Care, Technology, and Place.” In my doctoral dissertation, “’Time’s feeble children’: Old Age and the Nineteenth-Century Longevity Narrative, 1793-1901,” I examined how nineteenth-century British novelists sought to represent old age in the wake of acute challenges to traditional models of lifespan and life-course narratives.
My interest in the humanistic study of older age stems from more than fifteen years of work experience as a medical researcher (primarily in geriatrics), where I authored and co-authored studies published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Academic Medicine, and Health Expectations.
I am currently working on a book-length monograph, tentatively entitled Aging, Population, and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination. This work explores how the “invention” of population in the early 19th century impacted broader cultural conceptualizations of older age—not only over the course of the 19th century, but also in our own historical moment as well.
I am also engaged in other research initiatives scheduled for publication, including:
- “Understanding the Impact of Narrative Training as a Method to Promote Nursing Empathy within a Pediatric Rehabilitation Setting” (Co-investigators: S Svensarang, K Anderson, L Kinross, S Wall, M Balkaran). A study of the implementation and impact of narrative training (i.e., written and visual creative expression) for paediatric rehabilitation nurses at a major Toronto hospital.
- “Exploring the Realities of Curriculum by Random Opportunity: The Case of Geriatrics on the Internal Medicine Clerkship Rotation” (Co-investigators: LL Diachun, M Goldszmidt, Y Hui, L Lingard). Qualitative content analysis of morning hospital case review discussions to determine whether the medical specialty of an attending (teaching) physician influences the discussion of learning opportunities pertaining to elder care.