About

I am using my background in research in prisons and psychiatric hospitals to support people and organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.

We know a lot about the reasons why people end up on negative paths, as well as what works and what doesn’t to get youth off of the path.

I have worked closely with children and adults whose exposure to the risk factors resulted in a path that may have been prevented, given the right opportunity.

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How did I get here?

For the last 5 years I have been working as an independent research and evaluation consultant. I love the variety of working with a range of organizations. Please see the projects page for current and past projects that I’ve worked on, and some of the documents associated with these projects.

Most of my career before now was spent working at a place called The Institute of Psychiatry in London, England. There I worked on several different academic research projects related to mental health and crime. For a while I also worked part-time for the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO).

I collected data on hundreds of people who had a mental health problem and/or had been convicted of a crime (including reviewing several volumes of psychiatric and prison notes, as well as interviews). There were a lot of similarities between them including poverty, abuse, neglect, parental substance abuse and/or mental health problems.

Now I work with community leaders, funders, foundations, government and not-for-profit organizations to make sure that we address those risk and protective factors in an effective and engaging way.

Highlights of my work:

Well-established international research and evaluation career spanning over 17 years.

A focus on programs and policies that promote resilience among youth and improve their chances of succeeding in school and in life.

Proven track record of publications of empirical work in respected international peer-reviewed journals, but also creating clear and engaging ways of communicating results and impact through data visualisations and infographics.


Projects spanning topics as diverse as

  • Identifying and addressing risk and protective factors for mental health problems, poverty and criminality

  • Outcomes for those in the forensic psychiatric system

  • The effect of music and the arts on the brain

  • Social emotional learning in young people

  • Program evaluations of several of Toronto’s community based organizations

Projects

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