Jennifer McWilliams BSc Honours in Psychology, MA Student, Research Assistant

I received my Bachelor of Science, with First Class Honours in Psychology, from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in May 2016. I worked under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Hamilton, whose main research interests include the application of psychology to sport and exercise performance, performance enhancing strategies in sport, hazing, and coping/skills development in cancer survivors. For my Honours project, we worked on a study entitled “The Effects of Facial Expressions on Cycling Performance: An Embodied Cognition Approach”. This study investigated whether the embodiment of specific facial expressions influenced participants’ Ratings of Perceived Exertion (RPE), actual exertion (heart rate), and performance (kilometers traveled) during a 20-minute cycling task on a stationary bicycle.

I became a part of Carmen and Lynne’s research team immediately after graduating, and have been a research assistant ever since! Being a part of the P-SEC team has given me the opportunity to assist them with their females in firefighting study, and with various other studies/tasks. Most notably, I was given the amazing opportunity to present a paper on the Othering of Full-time and Volunteer Female Firefighters in the Canadian Fire Services as part of a symposium given at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Convention in June 2017 and to write two manuscripts based on the firefighting study.

In the Fall of 2017, I will be continuing my education at UNB in the Experimental Psychology MA/PhD program under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Voyer. For my Master’s thesis, we will be investigating whether the combination of obsessive checking behaviours and anxiety affect student’s testing performance and the implications this may have for how teachers and professors teach their students.

Publications & Presentations

Publications:

McWilliams, J., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2017). Othering of volunteer and full-time female firefighters in Canada. Symposium: New Rules, Same Results: Institutions Shaping the Everyday Realities of the Marginalised. 78th Annual Canadian Psychological Association Convention Program Abstract Book, 58(1a), 108. Retrieved from https://www.cpa.ca/docs/File/Convention/2017/2017%20CPA%20Convention%20Program_Abstract%20Book_V-6-6-2017-sm2.pdf.

McWilliams, J. M., Hamilton, R., & Seaman, K. (2016). The effects of facial expressions on cycling performance: An embodied cognition approach. Proceedings of the SCAPPS 2016 Annual Conference, 48(1), 201. Retrieved from https://www.scapps.org/jems/index.php/1/article/view/1453.

Presentations:

Voyer, D., & McWilliams, J. (Accepted). Mathematics achievement and sex differences in mental rotation. Poster to be presented at the 29th Annual Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) conference/International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, Canada.

McWilliams, J., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2018). Feeling like the outsider: Othering of women firefighters in Canada. The 35th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Creating, Negotiating, and Transcending Social Boundaries in Everyday Life, Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 16-18.

McWilliams, J., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2018). Health implications of othering: A study of women firefighters in Canada. The Faculty of Nursing's 23rd Annual Research Day, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada (May 11).

McWilliams, J., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2017). Othering of volunteer and full-time female firefighters in Canada. Symposium: New Rules, Same Results: Institutions Shaping the Everyday Realities of the Marginalised. 78th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, June 8-10.

Poulin, C., Gouliquer, L., McWilliams, J., Young, P., Tucker, W., & Moore, A. (2016). Female firefighters in leadership roles: “Where is the man in charge?” Poster-presentation at the UNB Research Showcase, Fredericton, Canada (30 September).

McWilliams, J. M., Hamilton, R., & Seaman, K. (2016). The effects of facial expressions on cycling performance: An embodied cognition approach. Poster presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sports Psychology (SCAPPS)/Société Canadienne D'Apprentissage Psychomoteur et de Psychologie du Sport, Waterloo, Canada.

O'Sullivan, L., Clark, D., Talbot, F., Byers, M., Sanford, J., & Wasson, K. (2016). Are breakups of romantic dating relationships linked to depression and suicidality? Paper symposium presented at the Biannual Meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research, Toronto, Canada.