Heather is a PhD student in the School of Social Work and a doctoral fellow in the Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health, Child and Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital. As a clinical social worker in pediatric health care over the past decade Heather engaged in interdisciplinary clinical and research initiatives targeting social and cultural stigma around facial differences/ physical differences. Her commitment to international child health and health equity in terms of gender, socioeconomic status and where one lives in the world lead her to participate in international initiatives such as an Operation Smile mission in Kenya, and a Face to Face mission in Russia in order to generate and exchange knowledge, skills and best practices with colleagues around the world. Her doctoral research will focus on stigma and global health, exploring knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs around congenital anomalies in Uganda.
Heather has a Masters of Social Work from U of T, a Bachelor in Sociology and Social Anthropology from U of T, and a Bachelor of Social Work from York University.
PhD Thesis: Cultural attitudes, knowledge and beliefs around cleft lip and palate in Uganda: how cultural and social stigma impacts the quality of life of affected children and their families.
PhD Supervisor: Tim Stainton, School of Social Work, Committee: Ron Barr, Faculty of Medicine, Patricia Spittal, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, Herbert Muyinda, Assistant Lecturer, Child Health and Development Center, Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda.