ACADEMIC PROFILE

Alexandria identifies as a pain sociologist, where her academic inquiry revolves around the social elements of psychological and physiological suffering. Her trauma-informed research is inherently interdisciplinary combining elements of social psychology, medical anthropology, critical psychiatry, and sociological theory. She is a current Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) CGS-M and two-time Dean’s Scholarship (MA, Doctoral) recipient studying at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Sociology. Alexandria received the Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student Award for her Master's Level work on behalf of the Canadian Sociological Association.

Alexandria received her Sociology Honours (Summa Cum Laude) B.A. from York University in Toronto. With a major focus on medical sociology, she had a minor focus in medical anthropology and was the Blishen-Richmond Award recipient of her graduating class. At YorkU, Alexandria was the sole sociology research assistant in the Infant and Child Mental Health Psychology Lab working under Dr. Yvonne Bohr on a CIHR-funded Inuit youth suicide prevention project – “Making I-SPARX Fly in Nunavut.”

Having been employed in various medical settings prior to attending university, Alexandria previously held the administrative position of “PAWS Your Stress” Program Coordinator for the USask campus (May 2019 to August 2020) - see the program work here. She also currently acts as a graduate research assistant under the supervision of, Dr. Colleen Anne Dell in the Office of One Health & Wellness. Here, she contributes to various research endeavours exploring experiences of pain, as well as the implementation of animal-assisted intervention in institutional settings. Alexandria also contributes as a patient advocate and knowledge translation specialist for the Saskatchewan Pain Society, and she is conducting health research, interviews, and narrative analysis through the "Improving Pain in Saskatchewan" multi-year project. As of Fall 2022, Alexandria has joined the Family Health Lab assisting with UX research for adolescent girls experiencing dysmenorrhea who are using a phone app to utilize mindfulness skills to assist with their pain management.

An academic CV or industry resume is available upon request, but her current project involvement is available here. More information regarding her research and administrative skills can be found on LinkedIn.

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