Dr. Peri Ballantyne
Dr. Peri Ballantyne is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. At Trent, she is a member of the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies and the Trent Centre for Aging and Society. A health sociologist, she is affiliated with the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in research methods, the sociology of health care, and the sociology of pharmaceuticals.
Ballantyne's current research focuses on work and health across the life course, on lay-professional negotiations of illness, diagnosis and health care, and on the sociology of pharmaceutical use. In the area of work and health, she has led two studies examining broad social, health and economic outcomes for workers who have sustained a disability as a result of a workplace injury. She is currently pursuing research involving long-term follow-up of a sample of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claimants to document the evolving contexts associated with optimal and sub-optimal outcomes. She is also interested in the role that pharmaceuticals play in the lives of injured workers or others living with chronic pain injuries, or with mental health problems that follow workplace injury, permanent impairment, chronic under-employment, economic insecurity and social isolation.
Ballantyne received her MA at the University of Western Ontario and her PhD at the University of Toronto.