I am an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) affiliated with the ESCR International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health. I am working with Pr. Amanda Sacker at the UCL Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health and Pr. Ingrid Schoon at the UCL Dept. of Social Science.
My fellowship – funded by CIHR and FRQS – focuses on the role of the transition to adulthood in the progression of health inequalities over the life-course. My current work involves understanding how the transition to adulthood has changed between generations, and what these changes imply for health behaviours and mental wellbeing during this life period. I am able to accomplish this work using data from the 1970 British Cohort Study and the Next Steps study.
Starting in Fall 2020, I will start a 3rd-year fellowship funded by FRQS to specifically study trends in mental wellbeing among young adults, and examine changes in the composition of young adults in poor mental health. I am currently applying for new funding to study the role of change in young adult transition milestones in the worrisome trends in mental wellbeing among young adults using data from the Understanding Society study, starting in 2022.
My fellowship builds on my PhD research, which explored the progression of social inequalities in cigarette smoking during young adulthood using data from the Montreal-based Interdisciplinary Study of Inequalities in Smoking and the Canadian National Population Health Survey. I continue to work in this field by examining trends in cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, using the Canadian Community Health Survey, the US Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and British cohort datasets.
Finally, I am always involved in side projects related to social inequalities and health. For instance, I worked in 2019 on the relationship between health and voting to explore how health acts as a mechanism through which inequalities in social activities are produced over the life-course and across generations.