Pamela Young BA Honours in Psychology/Minor in Sociology, Bachelor of Social Work Student, Research Assistant

In the Fall of 2017, I started the Post-Degree Social work program at St. Thomas University (STU). I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in 2016. I majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. I also completed an honours project with Drs. Poulin and Gouliquer, whose research focuses on marginalised groups, and utilises the Psycho-Social Ethnography of the Commonplace (P-SEC) methodology. My honours project drew from their work on individuals who are 90 years of age or older who live independently. I explored two complications in some older individuals' lives: the request for funding from Social Development, and the lack of control older individuals experience when hiring care-workers from private care institutions. My thesis was entitled, “When you are 90+ years old: The experience and meaning of independence.” Currently, I work for Drs Poulin and Gouliquer as their Research Lab Manager taking care of the day-to-day operations of the research group. In addition to continuing the research on individuals who are 90 years of age and older, I also am involved in their Canadian women firefighter project.

As part of the STU social work program, I recently completed a placement with the Muriel McQueen Ferguson Centre in which I worked with a research team studying the barriers for women with disabilities who have experienced interpersonal violence when accessing formal services. We used this data to create a toolkit for service providers to help them reduce or eliminate the barriers experienced by these women when accessing formal services.

The research I would like to complete in my life is diverse. To name a few, I am interested in older individual's experiences, domestic violence, child abuse, and young offenders. I believe that qualitative research can add a great deal to our understanding of groups and issues and that it is vital to creating knowledge that captures the influence culture has on individuals within society.

Publications & Presentations

Publications:

Gouliquer, L., Young, P., Poulin, C., Chen, C-F., & Moore, A. (2017). Rhymes and rhythms of aging: Attending to the voices of the exceptionally old. Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG2017): Evidence for Action in an Aging World, 101. Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 19-21).

Presentations:

Gouliquer, L., Poulin, C., Young, P., & Moore, A. (2018 - Accepted). Cultural protection against the internalising of the schema of the older adult as frail and burdensome. International Federation on Ageing (IFA)14th Global Conference on Ageing, Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing. Toronto, ON (August 8-10).

Young, P., Billings, D., Hawkes, J., Wisniewski, A., & Arsenault, R. (2018). Building stories of resilience: A discussion surrounding women with disabilities experiencing violence and the results of an environmental scan of anti-violence and disability organisations. Crime Week. Miramichi, Fredericton, & Acadian Peninsula, NB (May 28 –June 1).

Young, P., Billings, D., Hawkes, J., Wisniewski, A., & Arsenault, R. (2018). Building stories of resilience: A discussion surrounding women with disabilities experiencing violence and the results of an environmental scan of anti-violence and disability organisations. Crime Week. Webinar (May 30).

Gouliquer, L., Young, P., Poulin, C., Chen, C-F., & Moore, A. (2018). The poesy of aging: Listening to our elders. Laurentian Research Week, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON (March 19-22).

Gouliquer, L., Young, P., Poulin, C., Chen, C-F., & Moore, A. (2017). Rhymes and rhythms of aging: Attending to the voices of the exceptionally old. Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG2017): Evidence for Action in an Aging World, Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 19-21).

Young, P., Gouliquer, L., & Poulin, C. (2017). How patriarchy and neoliberalism shape the experience of commercial home-care for the 90+-year-old recipient. 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.

Gouliquer, L., Young, P., Moore, A., Chen, C-F., Poulin, C., Pineau, C., & Graham, M. (2017). The Rhymes and Rhythms of Aging: Listening to the voices of the very old. Laurentian Research Week-2017; Faculty Research Forum, Laurentian University, ON (Feb. 27-Mar. 3).

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).

Young. P. (2016). When you are 90+ years old: The experience and meaning of independence. University of New Brunswick Psychology Honours Conference, Fredericton, Canada Main Audience: General Public, (22 April).