Elizabeth Dreise BA Honours in Psychology, St. Thomas University

I am going into my fourth year at St. Thomas University and will be completing my Bachelor of Arts with Honours in psychology and minors in both Spanish and criminology. Following graduation in 2019, my plan is to pursue law school. I have been working with Dr. Michelle Lafrance, a psychology professor at STU, as a research assistant for almost 2 years on her project of understanding the experiences of informal caregivers in New Brunswick. Dr. Lafrance will also be my supervisor for my Honours thesis this September. My thesis will be looking at informal caregivers and the issues that they experience when the individual they are caring for is no longer safe to drive, often because of cognitive decline or experiences of dementia. Caregivers are often put in the position of being responsible for monitoring and intervening in the life of the individual they are caring for in terms of driving, and navigating this can be very difficult.

I was recently introduced to the P-SEC methodology through my work with Dr. Lafrance. Following a recent SSHRC Insight Development Grant granted to Dr. Lafrance (PI), Dr. Poulin, and Dr. Gouliquer, I have begun learning and working with P-SEC methodology and applying it to the project on informal caregivers. P-SEC is applicable to the project on informal caregivers in New Brunswick as it is a methodology that seeks to understand the experiences and difficulties of marginalised groups operating within institutions of society. Informal caregivers can be considered such a group, as individuals who are doing vital, but often unrecognised, work in the province and who are struggling within the system of hoops and services that exists in NB. Through this upcoming year, I am looking forward to continuing to learn and work with P-SEC methodology and Dr. Lafrance as I pursue this project in my Honours thesis.