Tanya holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, NB. She is a UNB graduate student in the Applied Health Services Research program with the Atlantic Regional Training Center. Tanya’s research forms part of a CIHR funded project examining barriers and facilitators in access to child and youth mental heath services in Atlantic Canada (ACCESS-MH). Tanya’s specific area of study involves journey mapping parents’ experiences in accessing mental health care for their child/youth under the supervision of Dr. Scott Ronis (UNB) and Dr. Kate Tilleczek (UPEI). Her research interests include qualitative methodology, health services, and social determinants of health.
She has been a member of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (N.B.A.S.W.) since 1992. As an allied health professional, her experience spans health promotion to primary, acute, and tertiary care. In her 20 years in direct practice, she has worked in the areas of child protection, youth justice, hospital emergency, psychiatry, community mental health (Early Psychosis program), as well as pediatric and adult neurological rehabilitation.