We are very sad to learn of the loss of a colleague and former PhD student, Dr Paulina Ezer.
Paulina completed her PhD at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University in 2020. Paulina was a shining star among our many star students bringing a sense of hope, passion and genuine curiosity to her research. She had an incredible work ethic and a huge amount of humility and respect for the work and people behind the work. Paulina also taught at La Trobe in the Discipline of Social Work (SWP5RSB – Social Work Research B) in School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport (SAHHSS) from 2016-2020, a subject coordinated by Sarah MacLean. Students in the social work program told us every year that they valued her ability to communicate complex ideas and share her enthusiasm for research.
For the past eight months she was employed as a postdoctoral fellow in SAHHSS working with Professor Karen Willis on her project The Australian Frontline Healthworkers’ Study. Paulina was also currently working with Sarah as an RA. In addition, Paulina continued working with her former primary supervisor, Christopher Fisher, on several projects related to adolescent sexual health. She is remembered for her clarity, intelligence and thoughtfulness which made her a wonderful colleague.
Paulina was a bright and intelligent early career researcher with a research associate position at University of Melbourne which she secured prior to graduation. Paulina graduated with a number of influential publications in sexuality education research which many colleagues at La Trobe had the privilege of being co-authors on.
Paulina was always a joy to be around, always willing to lend a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen. She had a brightness about her which helped inspire many and she built a number of strong friendships within ARCSHS, at La Trobe and across Melbourne, who became her second family far away from her home in Toronto.
Our sincere condolences to Paulina’s family and friends in Canada, Israel, Australia and beyond.
Authored by Christopher Fisher and Sarah MacLean.