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Welcome to Staff Spotlight, where we give the members of #RyersonSA the opportunity to discuss everything from their own approach to the industry to their favourite literature. Swing by to get to know your colleagues a little bit better.

Position: Psychologist
Department: Student Health and Wellness
(Centre for Student Development and Counselling)

What’s the first thing you do when you come into the office?

I say good morning to all those that have arrived at the office before me. I usually review my cases for the day and scan all emails that need to be responded to immediately.

In your view what makes Ryerson unique?

Ryerson is unique in that it is an incubator for the all the diverse thoughts, programs, and people that it includes in its community.  

What is something that you wish more people knew about about your position?

That I do more than counselling and therapy, and that I create programs, consult with faculty and staff, and advocate for students.

What made you to decide to work in Student Affairs?  If you hadn’t chosen SA, what would you be doing right now?

I chose to work within SA because it is closely aligned with my own personal values. If I wasn’t in SA, I would most likely be a psychologist in the criminal justice sector.

Where is your favourite place to be outside of work?

Favourite place would be anywhere in the West Queen West neighbourhood. The second would be at the Universal Orlando Resorts Theme Parks.

What’s your favourite book?

I have two: Home Rules by Nate Berkus and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

What’s your top App?


Name the individual(s) who have made the greatest impact in your career?

I am grateful to these three amazing women, Dr. Anne Cummings, Dr. Diana Brecher, and Dr. Tania Stirpe, who have provided insight, guidance, and belief in my abilities to do the privileged work that I do everyday.

What’s something about you that people are always surprised to learn?

That I have a growing collection of selfies with UFC fighters.

What’s your favourite spot on campus?

Gould Street.

In what ways have you found Student Affairs to differ from your previous work experiences?

Student Affairs has a vitality that makes it a special workplace.

What is something you are doing to increase the impact of Student Affairs at Ryerson?

Every time I talk to a faculty member, I take the time to discuss all the other departments within Student Affairs.

When I started working in Student Affairs I wish I had known:

Ahead of time that Ryerson would help me fulfill my professional passions and purpose.

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