Teaching & Mentoring



Health, Illness, and Society
Advanced Methods Seminar in Research Design & Applied Quantitative Data Analysis
Social Capital and Health


Sociology of Health and Illness
Social Statistics
Classical Sociological Theory

Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentoring and Supervision

Beyond the classroom, I am highly involved in mentoring students and trainees.

Current Mentoring

Ryan Stillwagon (PhD student, Department of Sociology).

Andrea N. Polonijo (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology). Dissertation: Socioeconomic and Racial-Ethnic Inequalities in Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: Empirically Testing Fundamental Cause, Health Lifestyle, and Altruism Mechanisms of Health Disparities.

Nicole Malette (PhD candidate, Department of Sociology; Supervisor: Neil Guppy).

Arwa Gazzaz (PhD student, Faculty of Dentistry; Supervisor: Mario Brondani).

Emily J. Rugel (PhD Candidate, School of Population and Public Health; Supervisor: Michael Brauer). Dissertation: Defining Equitable Access to Natural Space as a Mental Health-Promoting Urban Resource.

Basia Pakula (PhD Candidate, School of Population and Public Health; Supervisor: Jean Shoveller). Dissertation: Sexual Orientation, Mood Disorders, and Mental Health Service Utilization in Canada.

Recent Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentoring


Stephen W. Pan (PhD in Population and Public Health; Supervisor: Patricia Spittal). Dissertation: Sociocultural HIV Vulnerabilities among Ethnic and Religious Minority Men who have Sex with Men in North China. First position after graduation: Research Fellow at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.


Alyn Turner-McCarty (PhD in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Supervisor: Adam Gamoran). Dissertation: Parent Social Networks, Mental Health, and Educational Disadvantage of Children in Poverty. First position after graduation: Health Disparities Research Scholar, Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Eamonn Rogers (Family Practice Resident, UBC Faculty of Medicine). Residency Research Project: “Getting By with a Little Help from My Friends (and Colleagues): Testing the Roles of Social Support and Loneliness for Burnout among Medical Residents.” Winner of the 2014 Providence Health Care Department of Family and Community Medicine Resident Research Award.


Lorinda Moore (MA in Sociology). Thesis: Adolescent sexual behaviors and neighborhood context: What are the roles of intergenerational closure and social capital? First position after graduation: Site Services Coordinator, Communities in Schools, Concord, North Carolina.

Adam Easterbrook (PhD in Sociology; Supervisor: Rima Wilkes). Dissertation: Masculinity, Sexual Identity, and the Life Experiences of American Adolescent Men. First position post-PhD: Research Coordinator, Inclusive Campus Project, Department of Occupation Science and Occupational Therapy, UBC.

Perry Hystad (PhD in Population and Public Health; Supervisors: Michael Brauer and Paul Demers). Dissertation: Spatial Assessment of Environmental Risks Factors for Lung Cancer in Canada: The Role of Air Pollution, Radon and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Deprivation. First position post-PhD: Assistant Professor, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University.


Lisa M. Fitterer (MA in Sociology). Thesis: Form and its Health Functions: Socioeconomic Status-Based Network Homophily and the Personal Health of Canadians. First position after graduation: Evaluation Specialist, ImpactBC, Vancouver, British Columbia.