Sydney Penner

Research and Evaluations Lead

Sydney is the Research and Evaluations Lead at Apathy is Boring. Following her degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, she has worked in both clinical mental health and addictions and non-profit social sciences research. Her clinical research has examined concurrent mental disorders and substance use, with an emphasis on sleep rhythms.

Recently, Sydney conducted a sleep study in a psychiatric in-patient population and founded a mental health knowledge translation podcast that was presented at the Michael Smith Health Research Putting Patients First conference and was featured by the Canadian Psychology Association. In the non-profit sector, she has led studies examining the intersection between disability and workplace health and wellness, and emerging trends in Canada's young workforce.

She is passionate about Participatory Action Research (PAR) and interdisciplinary methods, and community-based knowledge translation and mobilization.