Freda Burdett PhD Candidate, University of New Brunswick

fburdett@rogers.com

I began the clinical psychology program at UNB in September 2001 under Carmen’s supervision, after completing an Honours BSc in psychology at Trent University. Clinically, I enjoy working with both adults and children; however, my primary focus is on women’s issues. I had the opportunity to do practicum placements at the Chalmers Hospital as part of the adult team, and at Fredericton Mental Health working with children and adolescents. These experiences allowed me to work with many women, men, and children with a wide variety of mental health issues. Presently, I work for Byers, Heinlein and Associates in private practice.

I have had the opportunity to be involved in some interesting and informative research since coming to UNB. As my first research apprenticeship, I completed a study examining the everyday experiences of female correctional officers working in provincial institutions in New Brunswick. My second project investigated how women manage their experiences during childbirth in the hospital setting, specifically, I looked at the role of caregiving by nurses. My most recent and involved project is my PhD dissertation research. It is an investigation of the experiences of female correctional officers in Ontario.

A couple of years ago, I was invited to join the New Brunswick Roundtable on Maternity and Newborn Care. To date the activities of this group have been the creation of a proposal to lobby the NB government to implement a strategy to improve Maternity and Newborn Care in New Brunswick.

My teaching interests mirror my clinical and research experiences. I am primarily interested in teaching courses related to women and psychology, and clinical psychology.

Publications & Presentations

Burdett, F., & Poulin, C. (2007, June). Quality of care during childbirth: Does it affect Mothers’ feelings of self-efficacy? Presented at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Convention, Ottawa, Ontario.

Burdett, F., & Poulin, C. (2007, May). Women’s experience of caregiving during childbirth: needing to feel heard, cared for, and connected. Presented at the 24th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Studying Social Life Qualitatively, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Burdett, F. and Stoppard, J. (2005, October). Uncaring and unsupportive treatment during childbirth: Its impact on women’s mental health following childbirth. Presented at the Postpartum Depression: Myths and Realities Conference Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Burdett, F. (2005, January). Challenges of women in corrections. Invited presentation at the Women’s Collective, University of New Brunswick/Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.

Burdett, F., & Poulin, C. (2004). Negotiating the hegemony of masculinity: Women in corrections. Presented at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Convention, St John’s, Newfoundland.

Burdett, F., & Poulin, C. (2003). New Brunswick female correctional officers’ experience of abuse and violence. Report submitted to the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women. (pp.22).

Burdett, F., & Poulin, C. (2003). The psychological realities of women correctional officers’ everyday experiences. Presented at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Convention, Hamilton, Ontario.

Burdett, F., & Poulin, C. (2003). The everyday life of female correctional officers. Presented at the 20th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Studying Social Life Qualitatively, Ottawa, Ontario.

Burdett, F. M. & Poulin, C. M.(2003, March). New Brunswick female correctional officers’ experience of abuse and violence. Invited Presentation at the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Quarterly Meeting.

Burdett, F. M. & Poulin, C. M. (2002, December). The lives of female correctional officers in New Brunswick. Paper presented for the Council of the Status of Women in New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Burdett, F. M. & Poulin, C. M. (2002, October). Everyday lives of female correctional officers. Paper presented at the University of New Brunswick’s Emerging Issues in Psychology Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Reed, M. J. and Burdett, F. M. (2002). Apparent motion processing in strabismic observers with varying levels of stereo vision. Behavioural Brain Research, 133, 383-390.

Reed. M. J. & Burdett, F. M. (2000, April). Contrast sensitivity and motion perception in strabismic and control subjects. Paper presented at the Natural Science and Engineering Day, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Reed, M. J. & Burdett, F. M. (2000, December). Motion perception in strabismic and control subjects. Presented at a Ryerson Colloquium, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada