Research Assistant

Kate (she/her) received a Master of Public Health degree at Simon Fraser University. During her graduate studies, she had the opportunity to work on research and evaluation projects in a range of health-related settings. She recently supported a community-based story writing project on health equity and climate change. She completed mixed-methods data analysis and a report of findings from large-scale survey data analysis for the evaluation of the Provincial Overdose Emergency Response Strategy. Kate has strong interests in equity-driven public health practice, maternal health, weight stigma, and reproductive justice. As part of the MPH program, she also studied birth evacuations in Indigenous communities and the revitalization of Indigenous midwifery. At the end of her degree, she completed an immersive, team-based Capstone project that focused on awareness-building and prevention of weight stigma in Health Sciences education. Her project used an intersectional lens and applied the Equity Centered Design framework to the development of a Curriculum Enhancement Guide for faculty members.

Kate completed a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences at Quest University with concentrations in Health Sciences, Feminist theory and Sociology. Kate was drawn to the work being done at the Birth Place Lab because of their emphasis on participatory research and attention to equity-deserving communities that have been historically marginalized in healthcare settings. As a Research Assistant, she applies a critical feminist and intersectional lens in her work and supports the research teams with data management and data sharing agreements, quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques, and communications with community and research partners in alignment with the broad translational research goals of the Birthplace Lab. She is very excited to support this work and learn from her colleagues.