Psychology Colloquium: Graduate Student Research Symposium-FR

Event Date(s):
November 13, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Event Details:

UNB Fredericton's Department of Psychology will host a Graduate Student Research Symposium! Four wonderful Psychology graduate students will present their respective research activities. The colloquium will take place via Microsoft Teams. All are welcome to attend!

Danie Beaulieu - A Cancer Diagnosis Has Longterm Detrimental Effects on Health

The general purpose was to determine how a cancer diagnosis affects physical and psychological wellness and compare how the psychological variables are affected by cancer relapse and time since initial diagnosis. Participants reported moderate to slightly elevated levels of physical symptoms and worse psychological wellness than healthy published norms. Further, the psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis continue long after the physical disease is stable.

Cecile Proctor - Physical and Psychological of COVID-19 Restrictions on University Students

In March, universities moved to online delivery, increasing academic pressure and isolation. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, participants (N=879) completed questionnaires measuring physical/subjective well-being, and personality. Following university closure, 120 participants completed a package that was pandemic specific. Associations between health, wellness, and COVID-19 worry emerged. Specific effects of lockdown were examined. Results highlight the significance of this pandemic on health. Public health should consider psychological effects when planning responses. 

Morgan Richard - New Brunswick Massage Therapists’ Experiences of Sexual Harassment by Clients

The context of a massage renders massage therapists at risk of sexual victimization by their clients. This exploratory study revealed that 74.8 per cent of massage therapists surveyed (N = 143) had experienced sexual harassment by a client, with 26.5 per cent experiencing more than three incidents. Personal and professional impacts and implications for therapists’ safety will be discussed.

Jennifer McWilliams - Othering of Full-Time and Volunteer Women Firefighters in the Canadian Fire Services

Being “Othered” is a common experience for women in traditionally men-dominated/defined occupations. In this Pan-Canadian study, we employed the Psycho-Social Ethnography of the Commonplace methodology (Gouliquer & Poulin, 2005) to examine the experiences of full-time and volunteer women firefighters (N=113). Results indicated that women firefighters experience “Othering”, which manifests itself in various ways (e.g., discrimination, self-doubt). Women firefighters’ marginalisation, as well as social change and policy recommendations, will be discussed.


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Jennifer Marie McWilliams