My research investigates how the life sciences shape medical practices and the experience of illness, how social disadvantages are tied to illness, and how the life sciences are used to explain social problems (see my papers in Social Problems, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Science & Medicine for examples). I am currently developing a book manuscript that examines how emerging brain science is altering the definition, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders.
At Dal, I am also collaborating with Dr. Amy Bombay (Psychiatry, Nursing) to examine First Nations health (supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant).
My research employs multiple methods, including in-depth interviews (see article in Journal of Health and Social Behavior) ethnographic observations (see article in American Journal of Men's Health), and content analysis (see article in Sociology of Health & Illness). I have also collaborated with quantitative researchers on mixed-methods research (see article in Health Care for Women International).