Wendy Pringle

I study health communication from a critical-cultural perspective. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Vaccine Evaluation Center at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, I am currently focused on vaccine communication in healthcare settings. I work with Dr. Julie Bettinger and the Canadian Immunization Research Network to better understand how perinatal healthcare providers discuss vaccines with patients. More broadly, my current projects focus on vaccine confidence and decision making and paths for improving COVID-19 policy effectiveness. I completed my PhD in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2019. Under the supervision of Dr. Emily West, my research examined the legal, cultural and ethical dimensions of Canada’s passage to legal medical assistance in dying. I received an MA in Communication from McGill University and a BA (hons) in Communications Studies from the University of Calgary. I have benefited from funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council and from training at the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies.