Current Projects

Identifying Patterns of Adolescent Substance Use


This project seeks to: (1) systematically review existing literature on patterns of multiple substance use among adolescents, and (2) identify patterns of substance use and mental health concerns among adolescents in Ontario, Canada using cluster methodologies.

The CAMP Study: Exploring substance use among adolescents admitted for psychiatric hospitalizations


The CAMP Study is funded by a Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund and seeks to examine the prevalence and correlates of substance use among youth admitted to the hospital for mental health concerns. This study includes 4 parts: (1) youth survey during admission; (2) youth survey 6 months after admission; (3) medical record data and chart reviews; and (4) frontline staff surveys.

The CAMP Study: Exploring substance use among adolescents admitted for psychiatric hospitalizations


The CAMP Study is funded by a Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund and seeks to examine the prevalence and correlates of substance use among youth admitted to McMaster Children's Hospital for mental health concerns. This study includes 4 parts: (1) youth survey during admission; (2) youth survey 6 months after admission; (3) medical record data and chart reviews; and (4) frontline staff surveys.

Cannabis Interventions for Youth


I strive to identify and implement effective interventions for youth cannabis use. Thus far, I have: (1) helped develop, deliver, and evaluate a brief motivational intervention for post-secondary substance use (called Pause), (2) led a systematic review and meta-analysis on brief interventions for cannabis use among emerging adults; and (3) co-developed a Cannabis Practice Guide for School Mental Health Professionals.

Development and Evaluation of a Young Adult Substance Use Outpatient Program


I am a research associate with the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions research leading program development and evaluation of an outpatient program for emerging adults at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. This program will use and contribute to rigorous research on the treatment of emerging adult substance use concerns.

Development and Evaluation of an Young Adult Substance Use Outpatient Program


I am a research associate with the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions research leading program development and evaluation of an outpatient program for emerging adults at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. This program will use and contribute to rigorous research on the treatment of emerging adult substance use concerns.

Professor Hippo-on-Campus: Student Mental Health Education Program for Educators and Navigators


Professor Hippo-on-Campus is an initiative of the McMaster Student Mental Health and Well-being Strategy under the Office of the Provost. It is an online mental health education program for McMaster staff and Faculty consisting of eight modules, covering topics such as: creating mental health-positive learning environments, communicating with stressed and distressed learners, and recognizing and responding to students in distress and difficulty. I have been involved in refining the modules, planning the evaluation, conducting analyses, and co-supervising thesis and work-study students. The protocol and feasibility paper is currently in preparation. Additionally, modules specific for teaching assistants are currently being evaluated.