Doctoral Student (Sociology)
Dissertation Topic: Alternative Medicine
Supervisor: Professor Stephen Kent
Specialization: Parenting in High Demand Religions
Committee Chair: Professor Amy Kaler
MA (Sociology) Thesis: Christian Science and Healthcare in Canada
Research Interests: Alternative Medicine, Alternative Religions, Family, Healthcare Ethics
Peer Reviewed Publications:
“Medicine and Spiritual Healing within a Region of Canada: Preliminary Findings Concerning Christian Scientists’ Healthcare Practices,” Journal of Religion and Health (2011, Print Forthcoming): http://www.springerlink.com/content/b97453559l112r91/
“Alternative therapy, Dianetics, and Scientology,” Marburg Journal of Religion 15. (2010): http://www.uni-marburg.de/fb03/ivk/mjr?language_sync=1
"Innocent Murderers? Abducted Children in the Lord's Resistance Army," Cultic Studies Review, 7 (2008): http://www.icsahome.com/infoserv_articles/manca_terra_innocentmurderers.asp
“Scientology,” James R. Lewis (ed.), International Journal of Cultic Studies (2010): http://icsahome.com/infoserv_respond/icsa_periodicals.asp?ID=49910#Read
“Doing Family in Scientology’s Sea Organization: Preliminary Findings from Interviews with Former Scientologists.” Canadian Sociological Association. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. June 2010.
“L. Ron Hubbard’s Alternative to the Bomb Shelter: Scientology’s Emergence as a Pseudo-Science During the 1950s.” American Academy of Religion, Pacific Midwest Regional Conference. May 2010.
“Canadian Christian Scientists and Healthcare Decisions.” International Cultic Studies Association New York Conference. 2 July 2010.
“Alternative Healing in New Religious Movements.” International Cultic Studies Association Genève Conference. July 2009.
Presented paper on the "Changing Scope and Nature of Sociology—In a University Setting" Roundtable Session R03. 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 29 May 2007 at the University of Saskatchewan.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (SSHRC), Doctoral (2009-2013)
President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (2009)
Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Master’s Scholarship (2008-2009)
Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship (2008)
Sociology Graduate Students Conference Committee, 2010-2011 (Co-Chair)
International Cultic Studies Association
Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD)