Michelle Graham Masters of Indigenous Relations and Bachelor of Social Work

I graduated from Laurentian University in June 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science Psychology. I have been interested in research since I joined the Cognitive Health Research Laboratory at Laurentian University during my first year of university. The research with which I was involved consisted of different eye-tracking studies examining macro and micro expression 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 cultures in Canada.

Having had the opportunity to be a research assistant for Dr. Gouliquer and Dr. Poulin I learned about marginalised groups. I also helped with research regarding issues pertinent to Métis people with Dr. Gouliquer, and research with the elderly. 

My current research interests vary from emotion recognition to topics related to the experience of Indigenous people. During the Winter 2016 term, I took a Qualitative Inquiry course with Dr. Gouliquer, through which I gained valuable research skills. I incorporated these skills while completing my Master’s research, using decolonising methods. I will be finishing my Master’s thesis in the fall of 2017 through the Indigenous Relations Program at Laurentian University. The title of my thesis is “Nurturing the seed: A lool inside Indigenous-based programs: The Mishk-Ode-Wendam program.”.

In addition, I will be completing the Bachelor of Social Work program through Dalhousie University.