In essence, I am a lover of language and an advocate of effective communication. I am also a speech-language pathologist who specializes in accent modification and am enrolled in a PhD in Health at Dalhousie University. My research area is language and literacy assessment and intervention with children who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing. In my past (professional) life, I was an American Sign Language/English interpreter who worked with children and adults. I have been enriched by the language and life experiences that individuals in the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities have shared with me. In my spare time, I enjoy blues fusion dancing, re-purposing old clothing into other things, and walking with my chinese crested power puff (that’s a kind of dog) named Qiko (kee-koh).
My ongoing blog series, Finding the PhD in Me, shares some of my thoughts and the challenges I encounter as I navigate the doctoral journey.
If you would like more information about me, check out my LinkedIn profile here.