Research

  • Five years of professional interviewing and writing experience.
  • Two years’ work as a university research assistant.
  • One year as features editor at the University of Regina Carillon.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science. Currently completing a Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought.
  • Experience in researching and writing on a broad variety of subjects, including climate science, human interest stories, long-term health care, popular culture, political and social issues, and general news.

Skills

  • Strong research skills and careful attention to factual detail.
  • Sharp eye for detail, structure, and presentation.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, QuarkXPress, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and WordPress. Competent in Photoshop. Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Familiar with AP and Chicago style guides.
  • Work with various search tools on a variety of academic and professional databases.
  • Accustomed to overseeing the completion of complex research projects. Able to coordinate with writers, editors, and clients.

Work Experience

Freelance Writer
May 2010 – Present
Writing, editing, and research services based in Nova Scotia and around the world over the Internet. Experience in online content development, search engine optimization, market research, commercial white papers, and interviews with experts in various fields. Researched and wrote reports on specific aspects of various countries, including education systems, international schools, universities, media, climate, and top industries.

Senior Researcher, Lost to the Sea Memorial Project
July 2011 – December 2011
Researched Yarmouth county residents who were lost to the sea. Employed a variety of primary and secondary sources, including newspapers, family genealogies, church records, grave markers, and community histories. Maintained an extensive database and conducted additional research to confirm names, dates, and details.

Research Assistant, University of Regina
Jan. 2010 – April 2011

Researched and summarized dozens of sociology articles pertaining to long-term residential health care, including

  • current trends in long-term care for physically-disabled young adults,
  • trust-building between staff and residents,
  • the psychology and structure of Goffmanian total institutions,
  • the phenomena of labeling, looping, and ward deviance,
  • staff work culture and policy subversion,
  • the practice and ethics of behaviour modification, and
  • ethical dilemmas in forthcoming biomedical implant technology.

Implemented a nationwide survey on long-term care policies and practices regarding resident intimacy and sexuality, and analyzed policy documents released by participating health authorities and facilities.

Research Assistant, SMU English Department
Fall 2006
Compiled subject bibliographies by searching literary databases and indexes.

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