Jessica is passionate about research, education and outreach. During her undergraduate studies at Queen’s University, geography became an avenue for Jessica to critically consider and understand socio-environmental underpinnings of health issues. She is interested in the complexities of person-place relationships, particularly how the built environment influences health and wellbeing. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts Honors in Geography (2010) and Bachelor of Education (2011).
Jessica pursued graduate studies in order to investigate, address and educate others about pressing socio-environmental health issues. She received a Graduate School Fellowship to begin studies in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota. Jessica received her M.A. (2013) and was awarded the Peter Gould Master’s Paper Award in recognition of her work in health geography and aging.
Jessica advanced to the Ph.D. to further pursue research in geographical and environmental gerontology. Jessica received the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award for collaborations with the City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Neighborhood Health Source organization. She incorporated a doctoral minor in gerontology to further investigate the complex interplay of personal and local socio-environmental factors affecting the welfare of older adults. Jessica’s primary professional goals are to help diverse people attain a higher quality of life through community-engaged research, and advance strategies for healthy and inclusive lifelong communities.
Graduate School Affiliations
2016: Visiting Scholar
2014-Present: Doctor of Philosophy
2011-2013: Master of Arts
2006-2011 Bachelor of Arts Honors (2010) and Bachelor of Education (2011)