Pamela Young BA in Psychology, Research Assistant

I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in 2016. I majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. I have also completed an honours project with Drs. Poulin and Gouliquer, whose research focuses on marginalized groups, and that utilizes the Psycho-Social Ethnography of the Commonplace methodology. My honours project drew from their work on individuals who are 90+ years old. I explored two complications in older individual’s lives: requesting funding from Social Development and lack of control individuals have when hiring care-workers from private care institutions. I then analyzed the data to explore schemas this group used to make sense of the above complications.

In the future, I am interested in continuing research on marginalized groups, and recommending policy changes that would benefit these group’s well-being. I plan to continue my education and become a social worker, which will allow me to reach different individuals and groups that may struggle in their day to day lives. 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 important to create knowledge that captures the influence culture has on individuals within society.