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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, constructionist, and intersectional approaches to analyze psychology's engagement with gender. 


One of our major ongoing initiatives is an oral history program, initiated in 2004, to collect, preserve, and share the narratives of diverse 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, a series of short teaching videos called "Feminist Psychologists Talk About...", on women's mental health and feminist therapy, feminist research methods, and intersectionality, and Gender Matters, a 7-video series on using gender-based analysis in psychology. 


Psychology’s Feminist Voices is recognized by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs and its founder is an active member of the Canadian Critical Psychology Network. This site was launched in August of 2010 and has been officially endorsed by the Society for the Psychology of WomenSociety for the History of Psychology, the Section on Women and Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Association for Women in Psychology



Project Director / Founder

Alexandra Rutherford

Alexandra Rutherford is a professor in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology graduate program at York University. She is also affiliated with the Feminist, Gender, & Women's Studies and Science & Technology Studies graduate programs and a founding member of the Critical Psychology Network


Dr. Rutherford is a Past President of The Society for General Psychology (APA Div 1) and the Society for the History of Psychology. She is a fellow of both as well as the Society for the Psychological Study of Social IssuesSociety for the Psychology of Women and the Canadian Psychological Association. She 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. Her work has been highlighted in The Atlantic, Toronto Star, Washington Post, and Smithsonian Magazine. Rutherford has also served as a guest columnist for the Behavioral Scientist. For a TedYork Talk about the development of her own feminist identity, click here


Rutherford is the Editor of the Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences  in addition to serving as Associate Editor for the American Psychologist the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association. She is also an Associate Editor for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of the History of Psychology (2 volumes) at Oxford University Press in addition to her work on the Editorial Board for the Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology series and as the Psychology Advisory Editor for the American National Biography. 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


In her current book project, The Science and Politics of Gender: Feminist Psychology, and its Publics in Late 20th Century America (under contract, Oxford University Press)she 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 they respond to national anxieties about the changing roles of women in the workforce in the gender-conservative 1950s? How did their involvement in the new social movements of the 1960s influence their evolution as scientists and as feminists? What roles 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?





Current Project Collaborators and International Teams

Jennifer Bazar

Dr. Jennifer Bazar is the Curator for the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre at Humber College in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada and a PFV Steering Committee Member. Dr. Bazar is former postdoctoral fellow at York University and 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 earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University. Her work has appeared on the US Television show "Who Do You Think You Are?", in publications for popular press, and in academic journals such as History of Psychology, Candian Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. She is a former Electronics Editor for the Sociaty for the History of Psychology (American Psychological Assoc Div 26) and the 2016 co-winner of Division 26 Early Career Psychologist Award. Dr. Bazar is a sought after speaker and strong supporter of public history and cummunity engagement within Ontario and beyond. Her local service was reconized by the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community in 2019 as a finalist for the Community Champions Peoples Choice Award. Dr. Bazar's primary research interests include the history of asylums and asylum patients in the nineteenth century, archival theory, museum studies, and the history of psychological laboratories. For more information. 




Leeat Granek

Dr. Leeat Granek is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy & Management at York University, Toronto, ON. She is the former head of Gerontology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ( אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב ), Department of Public Health in Beersheba, Israel. Dr. Granek earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Psychology program at York University. She is a 2019 winner of the Distinguished Early Career Contributions in Qualitative Inquiry Award and 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 health psychology, feminist critical psychology, grief and mourning, and psycho-oncology. She is a former Huffpost contributer and 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.



Katherine Hubbard

Dr. Katherine Hubbard is a Lecturer in the Sociology Department at University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom. She is a historian of the medical and social sciences with a particular interest in feminist and queer histories. Dr. Hubbard is a former winner of the Mary Brayburn scholarship from the Federation of Women Graduates (2014) and the BPS Psychology of Women postgraduate prize (2016). Her research interests include philosophy of science, critical psychology, and the history of psychology & medicine. Dr. Hubbards's work particularly empasizes an inter-disciplinary approach (including sociological, psychological and historical components) within queer feminist studies and methodologies. For her current book: Queer Ink: A Blotted History Towards Liberation  See Dr. Hubbards's home page for more information. 



Ana Jacó-Vilela

Dr. Ana Maria Jacó-Vilela is a Professor in the Social Psychology graduate program at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro State University) in Brazil. She is the current Interamerican Society of Psychology Vice-President for South American and President of Division 18 (History of Psychology) of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Her research on the history of psychology in Brazil explores areas such as psychology in medical theses, relations between psychology and religious institutions, and psychology in the Armed Forces. Gender is a central theme throughout the research. Jacó-Vilela is also a founder and the coordinator of the "Laboratório de História e Memória da Psicologia - Clio-Psyché". The Clio-Psyché Laboratory of History and Memory of Psychology is a collaborative of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate studants. In addition to teaching and research, the collaborative develops extension activities (movies and courses) and resources including maintaining a history of psychology library. This library was developed through the generous donations of deceased teachers' collections including Jayme Grabois, Eliezer Schneider, Emilio Mira y López, Celso Pereira de Sá. A collection of additional documents is currently in the cataloging process. See the laboratory page or Dr. Jacó-Vilela ResearchGate profile for more information



Elissa Rodkey

Dr. Elissa Rodkey is an Assistant Professor and Psychology Department Chair at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada and a PFV Steering Committee Member. She earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University and was awarded the Society for the History of Psychology (APA Div 26) Early Career Award in 2019. Her master's thesis research was on Eleanor Gibson and the Visual Cliff experiment. Her dissertation featured emotion theorist Magda Arnold, whose mid-career conversion to Catholicism provides an opportunity for analysis of the relationship between psychology and religion at the mid-20th century. Rodkey uses a feminist framework to analyze the experiences of marginalized psychologists, such as the significance of non-academic networks or communities (e.g. friends, families, and religious groups) for the psychologists' encouragement and intellectual growth. She also draws on feminist critiques of psychology to illuminate episodes of disciplinary failure, such as the history of unrecognized infant pain and the ethical lapses of the American Psychological Association outlined in the Hoffman Report. Her publications appear in the journals History of Psychology, Canadian Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Revista Psicologia e Saúde, and the Journal of Pain. For more information.





Nora Ruck 

Dr. Nora Ruck is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Psychology at the Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität Wien (Vienna), Austria. Ruck is the current Project Director of the PFV Austria team. Their current research is focused on "The Psychological is Political: A Recent History of Feminist Psychology in Vienna. 1997-2000". 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. Dr. Ruck is a current Co-Editor of Psychologie & Gesellschaftskritik and was awarded the Ars Docendi, state award for Excellence in Teaching at Austrian Public Universities, in 2017. 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. 



Jacy Young

Dr. Jacy L. Young is a Faculty member at Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada and a PFV Steering Committee Member. Prior to this she completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. She earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University. Her work explores the methods and practices of the human sciences and her publications have appeared in History of the Human Sciences, History of Psychology, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Feminism & Psychology, and other outlets. 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 Historian for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI, APA Div 9). The founding Editor and currently consulting editor for the PFV Blog Standpoints, she also edits and blogs regularly at Advances in the History of Psychology. For more information see here or here.




Shari Miles-Cohen and Cathy Faye 


Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen, Director of the Women's Program Office, American Psychological Association in Washington, DC and Dr. Cathy Faye, Assistant Director Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, at the University of Akron, Akron, OH, in the United States, in partnership with Dr. Alexandra Rutherford, Psychology’s Feminist Voices, and their collective teams created and continue to develop the I am Psyched! exhibit and tour to engage young women and girls of color in exploring how psychology can improve their daily lives, create positive social change, and to be excited and engaged with the history of psychology and the museum experience. I am Psyched! originated as part of the Smithsonian Institution Museum Day Live! in 2016 in coordination with the then White House Council on Women and Girls. The I am Psyched! National Tour including the traveling exhibt launched in February 2017 at Howard University in Washington, D.C and continues. The partnership published the chapter "I Am Psyched! Using the Museum Experience to Engage Girls of Colour with Psychology" regarding the development of the project in J. C. Ashton (Ed.) (2017) Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption, and Change (v2). For more information or to develop a #IamPsychedTour event. 




Current Labs Collective

Laura Ball

Laura C. Ball is a doctoral candidate in History, Theory, and Critical Studies of Psychology program and an instructor at York University. She is the current Knowledge Translation and Implementation Coordinator for Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Ontario, Canada. Laura has a BA(Hons) from the University of Western Ontario. 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. She is the coordinator for the “Waypoint Talks” seminar series and has served as the former chair of the Heritage Committee of the APA (Div 35) Society for the Psychology of Women. Ball is on the student editorial board for the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and is a former treasurer/secretary for the Historical and Philosophical Psychology section of the Canadian Psychological Association. Her publications can be seen in Evaluations & the Health Professions, History of Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Canadian Psychology, American Psychologist, and History of the Human Sciences. For more information.



Teresa Beaulieu

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 academic interests include indigenous psychology and Aboriginal mental health, feminist identity, and feminist and Indigenous approaches to counselling and healing. Tera is is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and has served as the President of the MNO Toronto & York Region Metis Council  since 2014. Her program of research, with advisor Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart, examines the supports and challenges of traditional indigenous knowledge in addressing the life transition needs (mental health, education and employment) of urban Métis homeless peoples.  Tera is a former board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Program Manager for Aboriginal Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as well as a former coordinator of the Psychology's Feminist Voices oral history project. 



Margaret "Luci" Belknap

Luci (Margaret) Belknap is a graduate student in the OISE Clinical and Counseling Psychology Program at the Univ. of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She holds an Honours BA in Psychology from York University. Luci is passionate about social justice and clinical psychology and is working to become a licensed clinical psychologist. They hope to contribute to positive social change through research, public speaking and a private practice. To that end, Luci is working on a thesis exploring ways to facilitate posttraumatic growth in survivors of sexual assault, as well as volunteering with Psychology's Feminist Voices.



Danielle Christie

Danielle Christie is an undergraduate student in Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is currently Research Ethics Administrator at the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation at Ryerson University. She holds a previous Honours BA in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the interrelations between psychology, psychoanalysis and philosophy, particularly in critically reassessing hegemonic formulations of subjectivity, sexuality, and desire. She is currently completing an independent study and research practicum under the supervision of Dr. Kelly McShane, investigating the complexities of qualitative inquiry in the context of process evaluation and community research. For more information.



Tal Davidson

Tal Davidson is a PhD student in the History, Theory, and Critical Studies of Psychology program at York University, Toronto, Canada. His Master’s thesis in psychology was on the history of LSD-assisted psychotherapy was awarded the Canadian Psychological Association Certificates of Academic Excellence from York University (2018). A sample of his work can be seen as part of the University of Toronto's Psychedelic Speaker Series. Tal's interests include the histories of scientific epistemologies, and the use of psychological research and pedagogy as platforms for social reform. Tal is also a practicing musician and is a current Co-Editor for the PFV Blog Standpoints .



Harveen Dhatt

Harveen Dhatt is an undergraduate student in the Honours Psychology program at York University, Toronto, Canada. She is an active volunteer at an Ontario women’s shelter and works with children from abusive homes. Harveen is developing her skills as a research assistant to pursue a Master’s degree in clinical or counselling psychology. Her research interests include abnormal and feminist psychology, psychology and law, and gender equality.



Alexis Fabricius

Alexis Fabricius is a Master's student in the Applied Social Psychology program at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Kieran O'Doherty. This is her second MA, as she holds a Master's in medieval history from the University of Toronto. Her current work focuses on women's health care through an examination of women's experiences of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Her recent work has also included projects exploring how gender impacts women's experiences of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and blind/partially sighted women's experiences of violence to inform the development of meaningful violence prevention programming. Fabricius' research interests include critical and theoretical psychology, feminist and critical theory, gender, women's health, gender-based violence and qualitative methods. Alexis is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Feminist Connection in Southern Ontario. She also owns and operates the feminist women's self-defense company Invicta Self-Defense . 



Nina Franke

Nina Franke is a graduate student in Social Psychology at Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversiät Vienna and graduate student in Gender Studies at the University of Vienna. Franke is a research assistant in Dr. Nora Ruck's research project “The Psychological is Political : A recent history of feminist psychology in Vienna, 1972- 2000”. She is interested in interdisciplinary connections between psychological, feminist and sociological research. Nina is passionate about a critical approach to reflect psychological knowledge and to include social contexts more strongly. During her studies, she worked as representative for feminist issues in the Austrian national students' association and in various feminist collectives. In 2018 she became a certified trainer for group contexts (communication, conflict management, group dynamics, supervision) and wants to pursue a teaching and mediating career in addition to research.



Alexandra Fox

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

Meghan George is a doctoral student in the 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. Meghan is not only an active member of PFV but also contributes to Dr. Jennifer Steele's Interpersonal Perception and Social Cognition (IPSC) lab and Dr. Kerry Kawakami Social Cognition Lab.She has previously worked with Amy Muise's Sexual Health and Relationships (SHaRe) lab and Ward Struthers Social Motivation lab. Interested in social cognitive influences and intergroup interactions, Meghan's research focuses on interactions following negative experiences such as rejection and other minor transgressions. She is also interested in how intergroup attitudes are shaped in childhood from both the perspective of majority and minority group members. Meghan is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Feminist Connection in Southern Ontario. Her publications can be seen in Developmental Science, Social Cognition, and Feminism & Psychology. For more information .



Stephanie Gill

Stephanie Gill graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2013. While at Saint Mary’s, she founded and managed "Girl Revolution", a program that worked with junior high girls on social issues. In 2013, she was recognized for her work with Girl Revolution and named HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow for Atlantic Canada. She is currently working on her second bachelor’s degree in Psychology at York University and is president of the Feminist Action group on campus. She is passionate about social justice and plans to pursue graduate studies in Social Work.



Moriah Gillette

Moriah Gillette is a graduate student in the Master of Information program at the University of Toronto concentrating in Library and Information science. Gillette graduated with an undergraduate degree in Health Science, at York University in 2019. She works at the Winchevsky Centre as an Assistant Archivist, creating an archive for the secular Jewish collective, the United Jewish People’s Order. She is also a Library Assistant at the University College Library at the University of Toronto, which focuses on Canadian Studies, Theatre & Performance Studies, Health Studies, and Sexual Diversity Studies. As a winner of the Jim Wilde Library Education Award Moriah has been recognized for using library science to improve information accessibility and history preservation. For more information. 



Prapti Giri

Prapti Giri completed her Masters in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017. Her thesis examined racialized frontline workers’ experiences of racism and vicarious racism. She earned a BA (Hons.) in Psychology at York University with an honours thesis that compared the narratives of novice and experienced trauma therapists. She is currently in private practice as a trauma therapist. Her work focuses on integrating the body and spirit in psychological processing of individual, ancestral and collective traumas. For more information.



Cara Goldberg

Cara Goldberg is a multilingual facilitator and interdisciplinary doctoral student in the Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies department at York University. Her Master’s project "The "Right" Touch: Negotiating Invisible and Variable Impairments With/In Embodied Interactions", in Critical Disability Studies at York University, was awarded the 2016 Bengt Lindqvist Human Rights Prize. Cara's current research focuses on socio-cultural and legal issues affecting people with disabilities in both public and more intimate/sexy settings – particularly, those involving the negotiation of circumstances in which impairments and disabilities are not always obvious (or “visible”) to all involved. Her  work has been published in Critical Disability Discourses and the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. Cara currently holds a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) and acts as guest Editor for the PFV Blog Standpoints.



Mira Goldstein

Mira Goldstein is an undergraduate student in the Specialized Honours Psychology Program at York University. She completed her thesis in Dr. Jonathan Weiss's lab on a mindfulness-based therapeutic intervention for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents. Her research interests in psychology, and activism in the world, are in feminism, mental health and disability, gender, and sexuality, as well as history of psychology, critical psychology, community psychology, and cultural psychology. For more information.



Shalyn Isaacs

Shalyn Isaacs is a master's student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Toronto and has a BA from the Honors Psychology program at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Isaacs was awarded the 2019 York University Murray G. Ross Award. The award is the highest honor given to a graduating undergradate student at York recognizing both academic distinction and distinguished contributions to the campus community. She also recived the 2019 Calumet College Master's Award for Academic Excellence from York's Faculty of Health, and the Silver Medal for Outstanding Leadership. Isaacs has previously been awarded the Ivana Guglietti-Kelly Prize for qualitative research and the Social Activist Award. In addition to being the Founder and former President of Women’s Mental Health Talks at York University, Isaacs is currently a board of trustees member for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada. Her research interests include inter-generational trauma, sexual violence, feminist psychology, philosophy, and spiritual thought. For more on her work advocating for women's mental health see a 2017 interview here



Vera Luckgei 

Vera Luckgei MSc, is a student in the doctoral program in Social Sciences at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna and research Associate in Dr. Nora Ruck's research project “The Psychological is Political : A recent history of feminist psychology in Vienna, 1972- 2000”. The Project is based at the Sigmund Freud Private University, Vienna and founded by the Austrian Science Fund. Her current research focuses on the interactions between feminist activism, psychosocial practice and academic psychology in Vienna’s recent history in consideration of transnational knowledge transfer. During her Bachelor and Masters studies she participated in a student collective, which organized courses and lectures on critical approaches in psychology.




Larissa Mienicki

Larissa Mienicki is an undergraduate student in the Honours Psychology program at York University. Her research interests include feminist psychology, educational psychology, cultural psychology, and mental health policy. Mienicki intends to pursue a Master’s degree in School Psychology.




Susannah Mulvale

Susannah Mulvale is a doctoral student in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology program at York University. Winner of the 2017 Mary J. Wright Award from the Canadian Psychological Assoc. (CPA) History and Philosophy of Psychology section. Susannah is also served as the 2018 CPA program co-chair for the section.  She holds an MA in History and Theory from York and one 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. Susannah is the current Co-Editor for the PFV Blog Standpoints . For more information.




Brianna Murphy

Brianna Murphy is an undergraduate student in the Specialized Honours Psychology program at York University. She is currently researching a thesis on inclusive language use, focusing on generic and personal pronouns. Murphy has previously served in Dr. Doug McCann’s Affective Cognition lab focusing on trauma and affective forecasting. Her research interests include psycholinguistics, neuropsychology, feminist psychology, trauma's impact on mental health, gender, and sexual orientation.



Elisabeth Parzer

Mag. Elisabeth Parzer is a lecturer at the University of Vienna and a research assistant in Dr. Nora Ruck's project "The Psychological is Political" at Sigmund Freud Private University. Parzer completed her magister's studies in psychology at the University of Vienna and wrote her diploma thesis on women's contraception practice, which was inspired by her many years of work at the Museum für Verhütung und Schwangerschaftsabbruch (Museum of Contraception and Abortion) in Vienna. Her research interests lie in particular in the field of psychological women's and gender studies. For more information.



Clairissa "Clair" Robinson

Clair Robinson is an undergraduate student at York University perusing an Honours BA in Psychology and Political Science, while earning a professional certificate in Public Administration and Law. She is an executive member of Youth Mental Health Canada, treasurer for VASA, former president of the mental health advocacy group Active Minds, and is active in the community. She has worked with abused women and children in shelters and is passionate about feminism and equity. Her interests include feminist psychology, mental health policy, inter-generational trauma, and alternative therapies to medication. Her goals are to advocate for mental health and gender equality at the policy level and pursue research with a focus on gendered psychological topics (battered woman syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and sexual assault). For more information.



Barbara Rothmüller 

Dr. Barbara Rothmüller is a multidisciplinary scholar with research expertise in the fields of women, gender and sexuality studies, history and sociology of education, social justice, and inequalities. Currently, she is conducting research as part of the project team of Dr. Nora Ruck, in the projekt "The Psychological is Political: A Recent History of Feminist Psychology in Vienna, 1970-2000". Barbara Rothmüller holds a BA in Sociology, an MA in Philosophy, and a PhD in Social Sciences. From 2015 to 2016, she was a Visiting Student Researcher at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education. Since 2007, she has worked extensively on educational inequalities at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexualities, as well as on Pierre Bourdieu. In 2017, she received the Arlene Kaplan Daniels Award for Best Paper on Women and Social Justice by the Society for the Study of Social Problem at Montreal, Canada. She won the award for her critical analysis of the „imagined community of sexually liberal citizens“ in educational reforms since the 1970s. Her journal publications appear in Discourse, Sex Education, History of Education, and Austrian Journal of Political Science. For more information, see her personal website 



Sonia Sandhu

Sonia Sandhu is an undergraduate student in the Honours Psychology program with a minor in Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. She is currently an active volunteer at the Safe Haven organization which is a respite and residential centre for children and adolescence with disabilities and special care needs. She has a passion for feminist theory and political studies. Particularly regarding human rights and mental health studies focused through the macro lens of the Political and micro lens of Psychology. Sandhu's research interests to date include advancing healthcare practices for individuals with mental health concerns, feminist and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches, as well as psychoanalytic ethnography. She is planning to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology or social work.




Alexis Strazds

Alexis Strazds is a Ph.D. student in the History, Theory, and Critical Studies of Psychology program at York University, Toronto, Canada. Strazds also holds an MA in Social & Personality Psychology and an Hons. B.A. in Psychology with a minor in History from York University. Their research interests include developing inclusive methods, particularly in the context of approaches to the study of gender that include non-binary individuals and transcend masculinity and femininity. 



Cindy Ta

Cindy Ta is an undergraduate student in Criminology and Psychology at York University, Toronto. Her research interests include psychology and law, feminist psychology, social psychology and inter-generational trauma in the Indigenous population. She is intending to pursue graduate studies in Forensic Psychology or Criminology. 



Kelli Vaughn-Johnson 

Kelli Vaughn-Johnson (formerly Vaughn-Blount) is a doctoral student in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology program at York University in Toronto, Ontario and a PFV Steering Committee Member. She received her Master's degree in Experimental Psychology from University of Central Oklahoma in the U.S.. Kelli is the current Social Media Director for PFV and Editor of The General Psychologist,Newsletter for the Society of General Psychology (APA Div 1). Her primary research areas include the life and work of Lillien Jane Martin, the history of women in psychological science, feminist psychology, 20th century eugenics, and applied adult developmental psychology. Kelli was a former project coordinator for the Psyence research team and Psychology's Feminist Voices. She has previously served as the student caucus president and student notebook editor for the Association for Psychological Science (APSSC); as News and Notes editor for History of Psychology; and as web developer/Interim Electronics Editor for the Society for the History of Psychology. For more information.



Sara Wasef

Sara Wasef is an undergraduate student in the BSc Biomedical Science program at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include health and feminist psychology as well as the interdisciplinary nature of body and mind in explaining disease. She is hoping to pursue medicine or a graduate degree in mammalian physiology



Lucy Xie

Lucy Xie graduated from the Specialized Honours Psychology program at York University in 2019. Her undergraduate thesis with Dr. Alexandra Rutherford involved a historical critique of the roles of gender and race in the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and was awarded the Originality Prize in Memory of Paul Jeffrey Kusyszyn. She was recognized with the 3rd Yr BA Book Prize for maintaing the highest sessional GPA in York's psychology program. In the summer of 2019, she an interned at Holland Bloorview's prestigious Ward Summer Student program researching the healthcare economics of persistent concussion with Dr.'s Shannon Scratch and Sabrina Agnihotri. Lucy plans to enter a clinical psychology program. Her research interests include feminist psychology, personality disorders, and psychosocial determinants of mental health (including poverty, trauma, and discrimination). For more information



Grace Zhang

Grace Zhang is a master's student in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, ON and a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Her current work involves analysis on two neuropsychological projects for Dr.'s Katia Sinopoli’s and Dr. Robyn Westmacott’s. Zhang is a graduate of the Psychology Honors program at York University. She previously worked with Dr. Ron Sheese on her honors thesis relating to Educational Psychology and volunteered in Dr. James Bebko’s lab on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her interests include paediatric neuropsychology. developmental psychology, educational psychology, feminism, gender, and sexual orientation. For more information.


PFV Family: Past Project Members

Marissa Barnes


Max Beck

Jeahlisa Bridgeman 


Lori Caplan

Max Chewinski

Sara Crann 

Makayla Fancy

Lisa Feingold


Pelin Gul

Lisa Held

Amanda Jenkins  

Axelle Karera

Susanna Kim

Anastasia Korostoliev   

Florian Knasmüller


Michelle Leve


Rokisha Lewis


Sasha Lopez


Christina Maclean   


Jenna Mackay


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


















Psychology's Feminist Voices has received funding from the following sources:

Major Funding:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Secondary Funding:

Society for the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association (APA)

Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) Small Grants Program

Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science


Contact Us

Inquiries about the site should be directed to Alexandra Rutherford at alexr [at] yorku .ca