Research Project: Local level pilot of intervention to link women transitioning from the criminal justice system to community care cascades

Postdoc Year(s): 2014-2015

Dr. King’s research focuses on Indigenous women, a key HIV-risk population. Her particular research project under the umbrella of the CTN’s Postdoctoral Fellowship aimed at improving the lives of First Nations women transitioning into communities, following their release from the criminal justice system in British Columbia.

“Women who transition to community after release from incarceration…face numerous challenges in being linked with, accessing, and receiving social and clinical services,” says Dr. King. In particular, “there is a longstanding over-representation and over-classification of Indigenous women in the criminal justice system.” As member of the Nipissing First Nation with mixed Indigenous and European ancestry, Dr. King feels very passionate about her research, and sees it as a way to bridge the health disparities between Canada’s Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people.

Her research answers the need for a comprehensive assessment of Indigenous women transitioning from the criminal justice system to community care cascades, and the implementation of interventions tailored to the needs of women in this situation.

A lifelong learner, Dr. King first graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1994 with a BBA in Finance and Economics. She later changed her focus towards medicine, completing her MD at the University of Toronto in 2009 and following up with a Core Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Alberta. She is currently studying towards her PhD at Simon Fraser University.