Area of expertise: health systems, education, disabilities
Denise has worked with community-based projects locally and internationally for the past 19 years. She is a recent PhD graduate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Calgary.
Her thesis work was a qualitative study of health and disability in Laos. In 2006, Denise spent six months living in the rural village of Phatang, Laos with two of her children where she collected data on village experiences with health and disability. In 2008 Denise won a SSHRC award to support this research. Previously, Denise completed a MA degree at UBC where she studied cultural interpretations of Deafness in Swaziland.
Denise's research interests include international health systems, community development, cultural interpretations of health and disability and international / development project evaluation. Denise is currently a sessional instructor at UofC - teaching community development in community rehabilitation at in the department of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.
Denise has extensive experience working with many community-based organizations (many of them dealing with disability issues)
across Canada and internationally.