Faculty by Region
Prince Edward Island
Michael is a professor at the University of PEI in Charlottetown. His primary research interests are at the intersection of critical social theory and phenomenology. He is particularly interested in understanding how hermeneutic phenomenology and critical social theory challenge social psychological conceptualizations of social reality. He focuses on a wide range of topics including environmentalism, gender, economics, globalization, cultural diversity, qualitative research methods, social justice, and cognitive science.
Scott is a professor at UPEI in Charlottetown. His main research interests include historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues in psychology. Recent research has been in the area of critical history and historiography of psychological theory and practice, including a genealogical approach to the measurement of the self and self-esteem.
Colleen is a professor at UPEI in Charlottetown. Her research integrates the perspectives of a feminist liberation psychology framework with the determinants of health to examine a range of content areas including change processes for health behaviours as well as population health interventions to better understand how environments support individuals’ and families’ health. Active in feminist organizations for more than 20 years, she is an academic activist and developmental health researcher whose program of research is directed to better understand the multifaceted nature of health and wellness across the lifespan and within diverse community settings.
Nia is a professor at UPEI in Charlottetown. Her research focuses on the inextricable link between self and society. Recognizing that individuals are products of their cultural world while simultaneously acting as agents in shaping that world, she considers various means by which people reproduce, reject, and/or alter mainstream realities, including: gender identity, definitions of sexism, expressions of sexuality and sexual identity, perceptions of gender-based violence, political engagement, and the production of creative texts.
Mary is a professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. Mary’s research areas share a focus of the interpersonal messages and intrapersonal dynamics surrounding a silencing of the self, particularly the developmental processes that make youth especially vulnerable to this silencing. Her research includes body image, placed in a sociocultural context, for both men and women. She also evaluates the effectiveness of community level sexual health interventions (e.g., school-based health clinics) on issues central to health policy, particularly a decline in teen pregnancy, and coercion in dating and risk-taking.
Michelle is a professor at St.Thomas University in Fredericton. Her research and teaching interests are rooted in critical, postmodern, and feminist approaches, exploring the social construction of distress and wellbeing. She has published and presented in the areas of women’s experiences of depression, self-care, informal caregiving, leisure, and sexuality, including critical explorations of the DSM and the medicalization of women’s distress.
Ian is a professor at St.Thomas University in Fredericton. His research focuses on men & masculinities, the Stanley Milgram experiment and obedience to authority. He has also researched the psychology of the Holocaust as well as the history of psychology.
Carmen is a professor at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Her research focuses on the social organisation of the everyday life of women and marginalised individuals in particular institutions, and the cognitive schemata and coping strategies they use to make sense of, and deal with, their reality. The epistemological tradition that guides Carmen’s research is based on a feminist understanding of the social world, and centrally situates the experience of marginalised groups. Carmen has been particularly interested in the following areas: women in non-traditional work place (e.g., Female firefighters), Sexualities (e.g., Lesbians and gays in the military forces), Ageing in place (e.g., 90+ year old individuals living independently in their own home), and the role and place of (feminist) women in the History of Psychology.
Monika is a professor at St.Thomas in Fredericton. Her research interests include the examination of the construction of sexuality knowledge, women’s accounts of sexual pleasure, and migration processes. She regularly teaches courses in the areas of human sexuality and social influence.
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Paula is a professor at the University of Guelph. Her research deals with the psychosocial determinants that influence women’s health and wellbeing. In particular, she is interested in how women are broadly impacted by sexual and physical violence, and what we can do to ameliorate that violence. She has worked on projects dealing with the evaluation and implementation of a sexual assault prevention program, housing discrimination against battered women, and the evaluation of a program for children who have witnessed intimate partner violence, as well as working on the incorporation of HPV technologies into cervical cancer prevention.
After receiving his PhD in 2018, Zhipeng Gao recently became a contract faulty member at York University, Toronto. His research explores how, in China’s socialist and economic reform eras, various forms of cultural politics permeate academic and lay discourses about human subjects and regulate human conduct. In particular, he examines two seemingly opposite phenomena: one the one hand, the historical construction and reception of ideals – such as the “new socialist human”, the altruistic role model Lei Feng, and the virtue of thrift; and, on the other hand, the discursive production of moral deviance – such as the scapegoating of the elderly generations.
Maria Gurevich is a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her research examines the ways that popular and scientific discourses about sexuality intersect with people’s everyday experiences, with negotiations of sexual (im)possibilities and (dis)pleasures at the core. This work interrogates normative assumptions about sexual health, agency, desire, and relationship conduct, based on privilege, power, and access. A central line of research addresses the role of sexual technologies in sexual expectations and practices (e.g., pornography, sexual enhancement medication, sexual expert advice, and digital dating).
Colleen is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Her research concerns the topic of community and education internationally, including international research in Kenya, Madagascar, Lao and Switzerland. Focusing on the psychological sense of community, early childhood development programs, service-learning in education, and related subjects, including self-help groups, gender and power, socioeconomic class, mentoring, and bilingual education.
Kieran is a professor at the University of Guelph. His research involves qualitative and theoretical methods applied to social issues. He focuses mainly on the social aspects of health, and ethical implications of science and technology. He also has a strong interest in public deliberation as a method for involving broader publics in research and the development of qualitative methods in psychology, across a range of topics.
Alexandra is a professor at York University in Toronto. She uses critical historical and qualitative approaches to analyze the development and contemporary status of the human sciences. Her research examines how psychologists have used their scientific ‘expertise’ to impact society and how, in turn, social and political factors have shaped this expertise and its influence. Her current focus is on the relationship between feminism and psychology from the 1940s-present, with specific attention to the impact of feminist science on policy-making.
Thomas is a professor at York University in Toronto. His research focuses on critical studies in the history and theory of psychology. He is interested in analyzing the ontological, epistemological, methodological, and ethical problems of psychology. Specifically, reconstructing the history of psychology as the history of the critique of psychology, the history of philosophical psychology in the 19th century, and the history and theory of racism in psychology and the social sciences from a scientific, political, social, and developmental point of view.
Jeffery is a professor at the University of Guelph. He was trained as a counselling psychologist and has worked as both practitioner and researcher in university and public health settings in South Africa and China, focusing on cultural issues in mental health. His PhD and current work deals with the socio-technical aspects of psychological science (such as the Implicit Association Test), as well as the psychology of science and technology.
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Linda is a professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Her research focuses on depression and antidepressants, particularly their off-label prescription practices. Utilizing discourse analysis, qualitative research and feminist approaches. She is also interested in how human distress is constructed and managed and the concept of shared decision making.
William is a professor at the University of Regina. His research focuses on theoretical Pluralism in Psychology, the psychology of fiction, myth and metaphor in psychology. Methodologically he is interested in pre-conceptual approaches to qualitative analysis.
Cor is a professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His research focuses on psychological approaches to the study of culture, including cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, indigenous psychologies, and the psychology of ethnicity and intercultural contact.
Lorraine is a professor at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the experiences of mothering in the context of intimate partner abuse, discourses of gender, women and aging and theoretical topics in the psychology of gender (e.g., how intimate partner abuse is theorized; theories of power in the psychology of gender). Her ongoing research relates to violence against women, including intimate partner abuse and sexual assault prevention. I conduct research within the framework of feminist, critical psychology, and much of this research adopts the theoretical and methodological framework of discursive psychology.
Hank is a professor at the University of Calgary. His main research focuses include the history and theoretical foundations of psychology as a discipline. His historical interests include the early 20th-century history of North American psychology particularly the manifestation of subjectivity and its relationship to the developing discipline of psychology. His theoretical studies focus on the nature of embodiment and the discursive practices of everyday life which form the basis of psychological categories. Including studies of the discursive nature of psychotherapy and of health and illness as problems which exemplify both the corporeal structure of psychological life and the discursive practices which produce and maintain this life.
Kathleen is a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Her research focuses on the philosophy of psychological science, analysis and critique of empirical methodologies, study of scientific practices in psychology, history/philosophy of psychological measurement and theoretical and applied psychometrics.
Jeff is a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. His research focuses on the psychology of personhood, selfhood, and human agency; the sociopolitical dimensions of psychological development; the influence of psychology in educational institutions and practices; development of a critical psychology of education, and the application of hermeneutics and historical ontology to psychological inquiry.
Jemma is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and Founding Director of The Psygentra Institute. Her research draws on a wide range of research and activism, including feminist, transgender, and intersex perspectives. She analyses psychiatric diagnoses and treatment in relation to gender, sexuality, and sexual violence, using intersectionality theory and critical discursive psychology.