What attracted you to apply to the Fellowship program amidst a pandemic?
Previously, I worked on basic, clinical science in an academic setting. While fulfilling, this type of research frequently takes many years before having an impact on clinical practice. This is in stark contrast to the work of the Fellowship program during a pandemic. I am excited by the chance to apply rigorous scientific practices to the practical, immediate problems we face during this pandemic. I’m honoured to have an opportunity to help benefit Canadians during a challenging time.
You will be integrating at the Public Health Agency of Canada with a cohort of behavioural science Fellows, what excites you most about joining the cohort?
There is great diversity in expertise within our cohort of behavioural science fellows and partners at the Public Health Agency of Canada. This diversity will be a crucial strength for us as we tackle a complex and interdisciplinary problem. I’m most excited about working closely with such a strong team — offering my expertise in neuroscience, psychology, and behaviour — and learning from others.
In what way do you believe the application of behavioural science can effectively support the Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19?
If there’s anything we’ve learned in this pandemic, it’s that our behaviours drive outcomes. We can mine the existing scientific literature about psychology and behaviour, design experiments to test potential interventions, and provide recommendations based on what we find.