Researcher at U.W.I
I am currently a lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry at the University of West Indies, Mona campus in Kingston, Jamaica. For over twenty years, I have been conducting research in, sexually transmitted infections and HIV and was integral to the development and piloting of many prevention and treatment campaigns, intervention studies and participating in community engagement activities including meeting with key stakeholders in Government agencies, NGOs, churches, charities as well as on the ground work with difficult to identify target population groups such as commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men and adolescents. My work and research experience has been at several levels including field data collection, project management and as an academic lead. My PhD research contributed to the theoretical frameworks used in health promotion by creating a conceptual framework for HIV risk reduction among one of the most at risk populations in Jamaica; sex workers.
As a qualitative researcher, my work experience includes conducting interviews and facilitating focus group discussions for government and non-governmental organizations and academic institutions across a wide range of settings and populations. In addition, a strong focus of my professional work has been addressing issues related to health behaviours and the socio- cultural aspects of health.