Kara Brisson-Boivin


Director of Research

Dr. Brisson-Boivin is the Director of Research at Mediasmarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. In her role as Director of Research she oversees all original MediaSmarts research. Using a mix of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies she researches the various impacts of digital technology and digital culture on Canadians broadly and youth in particular. Kara’s research at MediaSmarts examines digital well-being, care of the ‘digital self’, and the importance of digital publics and digital citizenship. Prior to joining MediaSmarts, Kara completed her PhD in Sociology at Carleton in 2016 with a research focus on criminal justice and the ethics of punishment. Kara now holds an appointment as an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Kara brings to MediaSmarts: an in-depth knowledge of the research and program evaluation processes; extensive publication experience in international academic (peer-reviewed) journals, magazines, and research blogs; and a background in presenting research to key stakeholders at academic conferences, invited talks, panels, keynote addresses, and in webinars. Kara has also been interviewed by outlets such as CBC’s The National, The Canadian Press, and The Globe and Mail.