Helena earned her doctorate degree from Purdue University in 1992, in the field of Quantitative/Mathematical Psychology. She was associate professor in the Department of Psychology and former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Victoria., and holds an adjunct associate professor of psychology appointment at the University of Victoria. Helena held several National Science and Engineering Research Council grants for her research on the development of multidimensional signal detection theory and was a co-investigator on a CIHR-funded study at the University of Victoria on resident outcomes in different long term care facilities. She has expertise in research methods, the development and psychometric assessment of surveys tools, the quantitative and qualitative analyses of survey data, and advanced statistical analyses. Helena designs research methodologies, survey instruments, conducts complex data analyses, and writes reports and manuscripts for publication.