I talk to young people about dignity respect & sexual health
I came to this area of work after completing my university education. I earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology, and then completed a Master of Science. For my Doctoral research I spent five years researching and working with pregnant women. This research has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, along with other research I have collaborated on. My qualifications have been bestowed from a recognized and accredited Canadian University (SFU). I am also an Academic Affiliate of the B.C. Psychological Association.
I have completed graduate coursework in psychology, human sexuality, sexual anatomy and physiology, endocrinology, human gestation and parturition, human sex differences, animal behaviour, human development, the evolution of sex and sexual behaviour, statistics and research methods. After three degrees, and 12 years of postsecondary education dealing primarily with aspects of sexuality and psychology, moving into sexual health education seemed like a natural progression. I have worked in this area since 2005.
I also maintain currency in psychology, holding a part-time faculty position at Capilano University in North Vancouver. I coauthor a university-level introductory psychology textbook, and numerous post-secondary student study guides. I have also written two human sexuality textbook student study guides and have served on a number of editorial review boards evaluating new and revising human sexuality textbooks.
Teaching sexual health, puberty and body science to young people (K-12) is an honour. Each time I walk into a classroom I am cognisant of the trust parents and caregivers put in me as I discuss this important area. I am also respectful and embracing of the diversity and variation that is beholden in every school I enter.