Research Interests:

  • Gender, family, culture and lone parenting
  • Capabilities approaches to family poverty
  • Access to services for rural families with young children
  • Collaborative multi-disciplinary community service models
  • Qualitative and applied research approaches.

Keywords: early childhood; community capacity development; rurality


  • Tuning in to Kids Parenting (Alabama)
  • SaPHIRE Study
  • Just in Time Parenting (
  • UnLocked Study
  • ​Social Indicators for Preventing Child Abuse in Alabama
  • Mama Bird

She focuses on social policy and planning for families, particularly rural families and families who experience marginalized circumstances due to income, inequality, racialization or settler colonialism.

Skills and Expertise

  • Poverty Analysis
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Early Childhood
  • Leadership
  • Feminist Theory
  • Grounded Theory
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Poverty
  • Early Intervention
  • Social Policy


Human Development
PhD, University of British Columbia, Planning, 2011
MA, University of Victoria, Studies in Policy and Practice, 2002
BA, University of Victoria, Psychology, 1986