Kristyn Frank

Senior Researcher

Statistics Canada

Educational Background:
Ph.D. in Sociology (University of Waterloo); SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow (University of Guelph)

Professional Background and Affiliations:
Throughout my Ph.D. program I worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant and, toward the end of my program, as a sessional instructor at the University of Waterloo. As I was completing my Ph.D., I also worked on a short-term contract with Statistics Canada as a data analyst at the South-Western Ontario Research Data Centre.

Following my Ph.D. program, I was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph (2009-2010). During this time, I was also a researcher on the SSHRC-funded Post-Secondary Education Pathways  project, which examined native and immigrant youths’ participation in post-secondary education in Toronto. From 2010-2011, I worked as a research analyst at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario in Toronto, examining issues related to the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Ontario. In 2011, I started my current position, working as a researcher with the Social Analysis and Modelling Division at Statistics Canada in Ottawa. I am also an adjunct professor with the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia.

I am a member of the Canadian Sociological Association, the Canadian Population Society, and the American Sociological Association.

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What are your main research interests?
My primary research interests relate to issues of immigrant integration in Canada (e.g., employment of immigrants, educational choices of immigrant youth). I also conduct research on skill utilization and labour market outcomes of post-secondary graduates by field of study, level of education, etc.

How did you become interested in applied sociology?
During my graduate studies, I realized that I wanted to conduct research that was relevant to social policy. When I was deciding on my dissertation topic, I was looking for an issue pertaining to immigrant integration that would be of interest to policy makers, immigrant groups and immigrant settlement services. At the time, there was a great deal of attention given to issues of foreign credential recognition among recent immigrants to Canada, which ultimately informed my choice of topic.

What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I am examining the occupational skill requirements of Canadians by education level and field of study.

Any other aspects of your work or interests that you would like to share?
In addition to my research projects, my work at Statistics Canada also involves data development projects and working with external clients. I am also interested in helping sociology students become more informed of different career options in applied sociology.

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