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Research Experience

The Talking Stick Project: Aboriginal education in the TDSB, investigating stories of teaching and learning
Research Assistant (2009-2010)
Supervisor:     Dr. Susan Dion, York University
- Collaboratively carried out qualitative research leading to program assessment of the Urban Aboriginal Pilot Project initiated though the Toronto District School Board


Youth and Mental Health: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination through Community-Informed Curriculum
Project Manager (2009)
Supervisor: Dr. Megan Davies, York University and Dr. E. Anne Marshall, University of Victoria
- Designed educational materials using  resources from the Open Doors / Closed Ranks: Locating Mental Health after the Asylum project


Understanding Power, Appreciating Difference: A pilot project in e-learning for history students, grades 9-12
Project Coordinator & Research Assistant (2007-2008)
Supervisor
: Dr. Megan Davies, York University
- Designed educational materials for the History of Madness in Canada/Histoire de la folie au Canada website, which fit into current Ontario History, Civics, and Social Studies curricula 
- Completed primary and secondary research on patient experiences, institutionalization, pathology and sexuality, and patient activism in 20th century Canada to build an on-line archive for classroom use
- Assisted in writing a grant proposal with community partner, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Archives, for the Knowledge Mobilization: York Faculty Incentive Grant
- Launched educational material at Ontario History and Social Studies Teachers Association (OHASSTA) annual conference


Testimony and Historical Memory: Without Sanctuary
Graduate Assistant (2006-2007)
Supervisors: Dr. Roger Simon, Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education and Dr. Lynne Teather, Museum Studies, University of Toronto
- Contributed to the ongoing research and development of an upcoming manuscript on the presentation of ‘difficult’ subject matter in public history
- Analyzed visitor comments from the Without Sanctuary exhibit at the Chicago Historical Society (2002) to better understand the nature of historical consciousness, historical re-presentation, and historical legacy
- Assisted in the development of a museum proposal entitled “Terrible Gift: Difficult memories for the 21st century” for the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City
- Conducted a literature review on historical context of lynching in the American South


Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History 
Graduate Assistant (2006-2007)
Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Sandwell, Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education
- Prepared teacher’s guides for web publication on the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History/Les grands mystéres del’histoire canadienne website: formatting, proofreading, fact-checking
- Redesigned student worksheets for ease of use and consistency
- Promoted project during Ontario History and Social Studies Teacher’s Association conference (November 2006 & 2007)


Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
Research Assistant
 (2006-2007)
Supervisor: Dr. Alison Keith    
- Conducted one-on-one PowerPoint tutoring sessions
- Assisted in running Women and Gender Studies Institute events, such as the Graduate Collaborative Symposium
- Tabulated large amounts of administrative data
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