Michelle Graham Masters of Indigenous Relations and Bachelor of Social Work

I am a recent graduate from Laurentian University (LU) in the Master's in Indigenous Relations program. My Master's research was an evaluation of a programme for Indigenous youth in high school focusing on healing and treatment. The evaluation approach utilized was a SWOT (i.e., strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis. This fit with my interests in empowering and supporting Indigenous youth in my community. Currently, I am completing the online Bachelor of Social Work program from Dalhousie University, and I am also employed as a bilingual Service Coordinator for Children's Community Network, which is an agency assisting families access resources for children who have complex needs.

I first became interested in research when I joined the Cognitive Health Research Laboratory at LU during my first year of university. The Psychological research with which I was involved consisted of different eye-tracking studies examining macro and microexpression recognition. This research also included event-related potential (ERP) studies looking at expression recognition, schema violations, and verb recognition. My undergraduate thesis aimed to validate a new implicit association task examining words thought to be strongly associated with Indigenous culture in Canada.

During the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to be a LU Work-Study research assistant for Drs. Gouliquer and Poulin and learned a lot about marginalised groups. I helped with research regarding issues pertinent to Métis peoples and the elderly who are 90 years or more and living on their own. This experience provided me with a unique preparation to undertake my Master’s in Indigenous Relations Program.

Publications & Presentations

Publications:

Luby, B., Arsenault, R., Burke, J., Graham, M., & Valenti, T. (2016) Treaty #3: A Tool for Empowering Diverse Scholars to Engage in Indigenous Research. Context of Indigenous Research. Canadian Scholars Press, Toronto. (in press)

Presentations:

Graham, M., Moeke-Pickering, T., Cote-Meek, S., & Dickinson, J. (2017) Nurturing the seed: A look inside culturally based programs: the Mishk-Ode-Wendam program, Laurentian Research Week-2017; Faculty Research Forum, Laurentian University, ON (Feb. 27-Mar. 3).

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).

Graham, M., Moeke-Pickering, T., Cote-Meek, S., & Dickinson, J. (2016) Indigenous Youth Storytelling: A Look Inside the Mishk-Ode-Wendam Classroom. Faculty of Health and Education, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, CA. (symposium)

Dickinson, J., Chamberland, J., Streitch, B., Smith, P., Gallant, J., & Graham, M. (2016) The effects of perceptual fluency, schema congruence and gender attribute ratings. International Meeting of Psychonomic Society. Boston, MA, USA. (poster communication)

Graham, M., Chamberland, J., Moeke-Pickering, T., & Dickinson, J. (2016) A validation of the new Indigenous implicit association task. Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS). Ottawa, ON, CA. (poster communication)

Gallant, J., North, B., Chamberland, J., LaForge, C., Ferguson, R., Graham, M., Newton, C., & Dickinson, J. (2016) Does positive equal negative? A test of the attentional bias in high trait anxiety. Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS). Ottawa, ON, CA. (poster communication)

Graham, M., Hendal, E., Chamberland, J., & Dickinson, J. (2016) Est-ce que la culture agit comme modérateur ou médiateur de la violation des schémas? Société de Québécoise pour la recherche en psychologie (SQRP). Trois-Rivières, QE, CA. (poster communication)

Lynch, S., Graham, M., Chamberland, J., & Dickinson, J. (2015) An Independent Analysis of Schema Violation Using the Go/No Go Association Task. Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS). Ottawa, ON, CA (poster communication)

Graham, M., Chamberland, J., Ferguson, R., & Dickinson, J. (2015) Distinguer la peur de la surprise indépendamment du processus d’interprétation : un examen de l’hypothèse des limites perceptuelles et attentionnelles. Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Sudbury, ON, CA. (symposium)

Hendel, E., Ferguson, R., Chamberland, J., Graham, M., & Dickinson, J. (2015) Donne-moi un verbe! Donne-moi un nom!: Une étude de la variabilité dans la liste des mots perceptuels qui ont un classement de mots ambigües. Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Sudbury, ON, CA. (symposium)