Outreach & Education
I appreciate when non-scientists are interested in understanding research findings, in implementing evidence-informed practices, and in using science to understand the world around us. I enjoy getting out of the lab to collaborate with partners working in the arts, education, and family services sectors.
I have taught undergraduate courses in both the Faculty of Science [syllabus] and Arts [syllabus], and was an instructional designer for a new online statistics course [lectures] for Ontario undergraduates. I have offered professional development for music therapy students at McMaster University, as well as for music educators from Sistema Toronto, the Suzuki Association of Ontario, Boston University, and the Royal Conservatory’s Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education program. I have also offered workshops and lectures for teachers from the Toronto District School Board, the University of Windsor M.Ed. program, and pre-service Early Childhood Educators at Ryerson University.
In addition to delivering training and professional development, I have acted as a research consultant for a number of independent organizations. This has included assisting with nationwide research on behalf of Orchestras Canada, in conjunction with MeasuredOutcome Consulting [report], and also for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s hpoGO program and Young Patron’s Circle.
I have been invited to speak to media outlets including the Toronto Star and the CBC as an expert on child development and music research, and my work has been featured in the New York Times, the Pacific Standard, the CBC, and in several regional newspapers and personal blogs. I am available through the Experts on Demand service at Virtual Researchers on Call, and my research-related videos on YouTube have more than 5000 combined views. They include a video abstract for a peer-reviewed publication, a TEDx talk, a public lecture, and my award-winning three-minute thesis (3MT).
Finally, I enjoy public outreach and speaking to members of the general public. I have given more than two dozen public lectures, including talks for new mothers, parents of children in arts programs, recent university alumni, corporate employees, and residents in seniors homes.