Psychology’s Feminist Voices is a project directed by Alexandra Rutherford at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is joined on the project by a dynamic group of undergraduate and graduate students and feminist colleagues who use historical, feminist, critical, and constructionist approaches to analyze the past and present experiences of women and minorities in psychology and society.
One of our major ongoing initiatives is an oral history program, originated in 2004, to collect, preserve, and share the narratives of feminist psychologists from all over the world. Many of the psychologists featured in the Feminist Presence section of this site have contributed interviews to this project. You can find their interviews at their Profile page. The Feminist Voices team has also produced the documentary The Changing Face of Feminist Psychology and a series of short teaching videos called "Feminist Psychologists Talk About...", on women's mental health and feminist therapy, feminist research methods, and intersectionality.
This site was launched in August of 2010 and has been officially endorsed by the Society for the Psychology of Women, Society for the History of Psychology, the Section on Women and Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Association for Women in Psychology.
Alexandra Rutherford is a professor in the History and Theory of Psychology graduate program at York University. She is also affiliated with the Feminist, Gender, & Women's Studies and Science & Technology Studies graduate programs. She is a fellow of the Society for the History of Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Society for the Psychology of Women and the Canadian Psychological Association. She has received the 2016 Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award from the Association for Women in Psychology and the 2011 Award of Distinction from the Section on Women and Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association for her contributions to feminist psychology . She is the lead editor of the Handbook of International Feminisms: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture, and Rights (2011; New York: Springer) which features chapters on the development of feminist psychologies in diverse geopolitical contexts and was the winner of the 2012 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology. For a TedTalk about the development of her own feminist identity, click here.
Her current project, The Science and Politics of Gender: Feminism, Psychology, and Policy in Post-WWII America, examines how the concerns of feminist psychologists arose out of and informed the larger cultural and political milieu of the post-WWII United States. How did feminist psychologists address concerns about the changing roles of women in the workforce in the conservative 1940s and 1950s? How did their involvement in the new social movements of the 1960s influence their evolution as scientists and as feminists? What role did they play in highlighting the androcentrism of clinical psychology and psychiatry and creating new understandings of women’s mental health in the 1970s? How did feminist psychologists redefine rape and other forms of violence against women and with what influence on legal practice and public policies?
Jennifer Bazar is the curator for the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre in Toronto, Ontario and a current Postdoctoral Fellow at York University. Dr. Bazar is former postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto-Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Ontario, Canada and curator/architect of the Remembering Oakridge Digital Archive and Exhibit. She is the current Electronics Editor and 2017 APA Conference Programming Co-Chair for the Society for the History of Psychology at the American Psychological Assoc (Div 26). She was the 2016 co-winner of Division 26 Early Career Psychologist Award. She received her doctorate in the History and Theory of Psychology program at York University. Her primary research interests include the history of asylums and asylum patients in the nineteenth century, archival theory, and the history of psychological laboratories. For more information.
Elissa Rodkey is an Assistant Professor at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. She earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University. Her dissertation explored the life and work of Magda Arnold and the relationship between her psychology and her religion. Her master's thesis research was on Eleanor Gibson and the famous Visual Cliff experiment. Dr. Rodkey is interested in psychology's pre-history and philosophical origins, developmental psychology, psychology of religion, and the psychology of pain and suffering. Her publications appear in the journals History of Psychology, Canadian Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and the Journal of Pain. For more information.
Kelli Vaughn-Johnson (formerly Vaughn-Blount) is a doctoral student in History and Theory of Psychology program at York University. She is the current Social Media Coordinator for PFV. Her primary research areas include the life and work of Lillien Jane Martin, the history of women in psychology, feminist psychology, applied developmental psychology, and historical and contemporary constructions of gender, sexuality, and aging. Kelli is a 2017 APA Conference Programming Co-Chair for the Society for the History of Psychology (Div. 26), a former project coordinator for Psychology's Feminist Voices and has previously served as the student caucus president for the Association for Psychological Science (APSSC) and as the News and Notes column editor for History of Psychology. For more information.
Jacy Young is a SSHRC Posdoctoral Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. She earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University. Her dissertation looked at early questionnaire research in American psychology and traces the shift from the accumulation of descriptive accounts of human experience to that of numerical data. Her publications have appeared in History of Psychology, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, New Ideas in Psychology, Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, and Psychology of Women Quarterly. Dr. Young is the Treasurer & Corresponding Secretary for the Forum for the History of the Human Sciences (Interest group of the History of Science Society) and the 2017 Program Chair for Cheiron: The International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences. For more information.
Jenna MacKay is the Research Manager of Psychology’s Feminist Voices. She completed an MA in Social Psychology (Carleton University) and an Hons. BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies (York University). Her Master’s specialized in violence against women, feminist psychology and qualitative methods. She is interested in women’s mental health, bisexuality, violence against women, applied research and critical theories. She has worked in academic, non-profit, hospital and government contexts. Jenna is an award-winning qualitative researcher and has presented her work internationally. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, anthologies, blogs and in an encyclopedia. In addition to being a researcher, Jenna is an activist, educator and artist. Concurrent with her work on Psychology’s Feminist Voices, Jenna is a team member of Re:searching for LGBTQ Health.
Laura C. Ball is a doctoral student in History and Theory of Psychology program at York University and is the Knowledge Translation and Implementation Coordinator for Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Ontario, Canada. Her primary research areas include the historical and contemporary construction of high ability (genius, giftedness), history of women in psychology, feminist psychology, history of behavioural genetics, and forensic psychology. Laura is the chair of the Heritage Committee of the APA (Div 35) Society for the Psychology of Women, is on the student editorial board for the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and is the treasurer/secretary for the Historical and Philosophical Psychology section of the Canadian Psychological Association. For more information.
Teresa (Tera) Beaulieu is a Vanier scholar and doctoral student in the Adult Education and Counselling Psychology Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research and academic interests include indigenous psychology and women's mental health, feminist identity, and feminist and Indigenous approaches to counselling and healing. Tera is the current President of the Toronto & Work Region Metis Council and a former coordinator of the Psychology's Feminist Voices oral history project.
Luci Belknap is an undergraduate student in the Specialized Honours Psychology program at Glendon College, York University. She is passionate about social justice and clinical psychology, and hopes to be accepted into a clinical graduate program in 2017. Her goal is to become a licensed clinical psychologist and contribute to positive social change through research, public speaking and a private practice. Luci is currently working on an undergraduate thesis exploring the intersectionality of oppression and the APA, as well as volunteering with Psychology's Feminist Voices and the Infant and Child Mental Health Lab at York University.
Jeahlisa Bridgeman is a program assistant for the National Eating Disorder Information Center in Toronto, ON, Canada. She is a graduate of the the Honours Psychology (BSc) program at York University and is now pursuing her Master's in social work at the University of Toronto. She has special interests in social psychology, abnormal psychology and the psychology of women. For more information.
Tal Davidson is a Master's student in the History and Theory of Psychology program at York University with a BSc in psychology with honours at York. His honours thesis was a critical analysis of the social construction of old age. In his work, Tal draws on the aspects of feminism that emphasize the social and linguistic contexts in which the study topic is situated. It is through this interest in feminism that he has come to value qualitative research, which he hopes to pursue in his graduate studies. Tal's other interest include psychological recovery from serious health conditions, neuroscience, positive psychology, and mysticism.
Makayla Fancy recently graduated with an honours BA in psychology from Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick. Her honours thesis explored the role of romantic attachment on mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Future goals include getting a MA in social work. Makayla is a strong mental health advocate and has experience in field, having worked with individuals of all ages suffering from schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and depression, just to name a few. She has also volunteered with multiple non-profit organizations to help children develop social skills to better integrate into society. Her research interests broadly include attachment theory, mental health, and ending stereotypes.
Alexis Fabricius has an Honours BA in history from York University and a Master's from the University of Toronto in medieval history; she is currently working on her second BA in psychology at York. Alexis is chiefly interested in exploring the development of violence prevention programming to help reduce violence against women. In her work, she is influenced by feminist theories, social justice, community psychology, and incorporates these issues into her work with Invicta Self-Defense, her women's self-defense business. Alexis' other interest include clinical psychology, trauma informed care (TIC) for those recovering from PTSD in the wake of sexual assault, positive psychology, youth violence and gang-related violence.
Lisa Feingold is a graduate student in the History and Theory of Psychology Master's program at York University. She also completed her BA with Honours in Psychology at York. Her work focuses on areas in which psychology and human rights issues intersect, with an emphasis on understanding barriers to mental health care. Lisa’s research is influenced by critical, feminist, and psychodynamic theory.
Alexandra Fox is pursuing her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies at York University with a B. Des in Communications and Design from Ryerson University. Her research focuses on the links between anti-capitalist activism and mental health. She is graphic designer, photographer and activist in Toronto, focusing on socialist, feminist, environmental, and mental health activism. She sits on the Board of Directors for Mayworks Festival of Working People & the Arts and OPIRG York. For more information.
Meghan George is a doctoral student in Social and Personality Psychology program at York University. She received her BA in psychology from Ryerson University and her master's in social psychology from York University in Toronto. Her research interests broadly include social psychology, stereotyping, and the history of psychology. For more information.
Prapti Giri is pursuing her Master's in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She took a break from her career as a palliative care and mental health Registered Nurse to complete her BA (Hons.) in psychology at York University. Under the supervision of Alexandra Rutherford, she completed an honours thesis that compared the narratives of novice and experienced trauma therapists. She hopes to continue with this project while pursuing her MSW, further examining the implications of posttraumatic growth in therapists after vicariously traumatic experiences. Participating in Psychology's Feminist Voices continues to inspire Prapti to push traditional boundaries in academia by challenging quantitative findings through qualitative means.
Leeat Granek is a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Public Health in Israel. Dr. Granek earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Psychology program at York University. She is the 2016 winner of the Sigmund Koch Award for early career contributions to psychology from the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Her areas of expertise are in feminist critical psychology, grief and mourning, and psycho-oncology. She has been involved in the Psychology's Feminist Voices project since 2005 and has conducted dozens of interviews with feminist psychologists from Canada, the United States, and Europe. For more information.
Shalyn Isaacs is an undergraduate student in the BA Honors Psychology program at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her interests include inter-generational trauma, feminist psychology, philosophy, and spiritual thought. She is hoping to pursue a masters degree in Counselling Psychology.
Susannah Mulvale is an MA student in the History and Theory of Psychology program at York University. She holds an MA in Philosophy from University of Guelph and a BA in Philosophy with a Minor in Psychology from Concordia University. Her research interests are in the intersections between philosophy and psychology, and particularly in phenomenological, post-modern, and feminist critiques of psychology. For more information.
Tiffany Nguyen is a fourth year Honours Psychology student at York University and an active volunteer in her community. She has worked with adults who have aphasia and communicative disorders and with children working on social skills, self regulation and communication. Her interests include speech and communicative disorders, developmental psychology, and feminist psychology.
Clair Robinson is an undergraduate student at York University perusing Honours BA’s in Psychology, Political Science, and a professional certificate in Public Administration and Law. She is president of the mental health advocacy group Active Minds at York University, executive member of Youth Mental Health Canada (education branch), and is active in the community. She has worked with abused women and children in shelters and is passionate about feminism and equality. Her interests include feminist psychology, mental health policy, inter-generational trauma, and alternative therapies to medication. She intends to pursue post-graduate education in psychology, to advocate for mental health and gender equality at the policy level. For more information.
Nora Ruck is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Psychology at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna. Dr. Ruck is a former post-doctoral Marie Curie Fellow at Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna and at the History and Theory of Psychology Department at York University. She is also affiliated with the Centre for Feminist Research and the Institute for Science and Technology Studies at York University. Her research is devoted to the social conditions and effects of psychology and her interests include feminist psychology, critical psychology, history of psychology, and feminist epistemology. See Dr. Ruck's home page or profile for more information.
Grace Zhang is a graduate of the Psychology Honors program at York University. She worked with Dr. Ron Sheese on her honors thesis relating to Educational Psychology. She is also currently volunteering in Dr. James Bebko’s lab on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her interests include developmental psychology, educational psychology, feminism, gender, and sexual orientation. For more information.
Marissa Barnes, Lori Caplan, Max Chewinski, Sara Crann, Pelin Gul, Lisa Held, Amanda Jenkins, Axelle Karera, Susanna Kim, Anastasia Korostoliev, Michelle Leve, Rokisha Lewis, Sasha Lopez, Christina Maclean, Jennifer Noh, Dilraj Pama, Matthew Pelcowitz, Wade Pickren, Sarah Radtke, Kate Sheese, Cynthia Shih, Rachel Shour, Sukhjeet Sohi, Alina Sotskova, Corinne Smirle, Florence Truong, Tenzing Tsering, Isuri Weerakkody.
Inquiries about the site should be directed to Alexandra Rutherford at alexr[at]yorku.ca