About Me 4


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 refuse to feel badly about this. Instead, I funnel all of my not-writing-enough guilt into my unfinished 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 UniversitĂ© Laval in Quebec City, QuĂ©bec.

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 like running, 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, play overly complicated board games, or spend too much time online. I have an appallingly bad sense of direction and while I do pretty well outside, I routinely get lost in buildings.


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