Hi there, welcome to my personal and professional site. This is where I occasionally put content that doesn’t have anywhere else to go.
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 was a teaching assistant for seminars in Engineering and Society. I did my postdoc 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, ages 9 and 3. I like running, field sports and outdoor activities like backcountry hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Also, since my family lives in Québec now, we have taken up downhill skiing. (I can no longer keep up with my children.) 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 or play overly complicated board games. I grew up in Saskatchewan and I’m still not entirely used to daylight savings.