Hi there, welcome to my personal and professional blog. This is where I occasionally put thoughts and comments that don’t have anywhere else to go. I do not blog frequently, just when I feel like it. (I don’t feel badly about that. All of my not-writing-as-much-as-I-want guilt has to do with scientific papers.)
I have a background in Mathematics and Engineering. I did my Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering at the University of Toronto, where I was also doctoral fellow in the very interdisciplinary Health Care, Technology and Place program, taught courses in Linear Algebra and TA’d seminars in Engineering and Society. I did my post-doc in the Program in Health Communication and Decision Making at the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan. I am now an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval in Quebec City, Québec.
My research is broadly about how people use information delivered via technology to make health and medical decisions. I focus on risk communication and values clarification, looking at the design and use of things like interactive interfaces and social media. My guiding philosophy is rooted in Human Factors, and I describe it like this:
I design and evaluate for the way people are, rather than for the way we wish they were; and
I aim to adapt technologies to people, rather than requiring people to adapt to the technologies.
I am married and have two children. I love field sports and outdoor activities like backcountry hiking and canoeing. I have been living with type 1 diabetes for over three decades now. When I am not working or with my family, I like to read (fiction and nonfiction) and, like most of my family, I am absurdly competitive when it comes to strategy board games. I have an appallingly bad sense of direction and while I do pretty well outside, I routinely get lost in buildings.