Student Fellow; Research Associate
Alexis Buettgen has an MA in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a PhD student at York University in the Critical Disability Studies program where she is studying poverty, disability and employment in the international context. Alexis' research is driven by an interest in bridging the gap between academic knowledge and community action by contributing to emerging research that promotes transformative change in poverty reduction, social policy, and the realization of inclusion of persons with disabilities. Her current interests build on her previous community involvement supporting people with intellectual disabilities to gain employment and full participation in community life. Alexis also has nearly 10 years of experience in community based applied research projects at the local, national and international levels, as well as nearly five years of experience in program evaluation working with various non-profit organizations working with various marginalized population groups. Currently, Alexis is working with Dr. Emile Tompa on a comprehensive literature review of the policies and practices on the accommodation of persons with visible disabilities in the workplace.