My program of research in health and qualitative research began with an interview I completed with a midwife for my undergraduate thesis. This inspired me to pursue my graduate work which involved interviews with people who had experienced cancer. Several of these research participants had breast cancer. Some of them were experiencing disability, which has been an under-researched aspect of cancer survivorship.
While I completed an interdisciplinary, postdoctoral fellowship in primary health care, I participated in the formation of a new research team and we developed a proposal to study disability after breast cancer at a national level. Along the way, I also expanded my interests in research methodologies, such as photovoice and ethnodrama.
In 2011, I moved from the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa, where I hold a Canada Research Chair in Creative Practices and Well-being.