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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 applying 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


Members

 

Project Director

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 the 2018-2019 President for The Society for General Psychology (APA Div 1) and a fellow of the Society for the History of Psychology, 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. For a TedYork Talk about the development of her own feminist identity, click here.

 

Rutherford is currently an Associate Editor for the American Psychologist journal and 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 (forthcoming 2019, 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 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?

 
   
 


   

Steering Committee

Jennifer Bazar

Dr. Jennifer Bazar is the curator for the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre at Humber College in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. 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. Her 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.

 

 

   

Elissa Rodkey

Dr. 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 master's thesis research was on Eleanor Gibson and the famous 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, and the Journal of Pain. For more information.

  

   

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. 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 (APA Div 1). Her primary research areas include the life and work of Lillien Jane Martin, the history of women in psychology, feminist psychology, applied adult developmental psychology, as well as historical and contemporary constructions of gender, sexuality, and aging. Kelli was a former project coordinator for Psychology's Feminist Voices and has previously served as the student caucus president  and student notebook editor for the Association for Psychological Science (APSSC) and as the News and Notes editor for History of Psychology and web developer for the Society for the History of Psychology. For more information.

  

   

Jacy Young

Dr. Jacy L. Young is a Faculty member at Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. 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, 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 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.

 

 

   

Current International Teams and Project Collaborators

Leeat Granek

Dr. Leeat Granek is a professor and 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 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.

 

   

Katherine Hubbard

Dr. Katherine Hubbard is a Lecturer in the Sociology Department at University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey, UK. 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. 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 or 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. 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 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.Ruck's current project is "The Psychological is Political: A Recent History of Feminist Psychology in Vienna. 1997-2000" with her team, Rosa Costa, Vera Luckgei, and Elisabeth Parzer, along with students Florian Knasmüller and Max Beck (more on the Austria team in Oct 2018). See Dr. Ruck's home page or profile for more information. 

 

 

   

Shari Miles-Cohen and Cathy Faye 

 

Dr. Shari Miles-Cohen, Women's Program Office, American Psychological Association 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 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 Lab Collective

Laura Ball

Laura C. Ball is a doctoral candidate in History and Theory of Psychology program and instructor at York University. She is also the 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 former 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 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, 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 women's 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 is a graduate of the Specialized Honours Psychology program at Glendon College, 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.

 

   

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. 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 currently a Master's student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Fabricius is a member of the Applied Social Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Kieran O'Doherty. This is her second MA as she also holdsa Master's from the University of Toronto in medieval history. Fabricius holds two Honours BA's with one in history and one in psychology both from York University in Toronto. Her undergraduate research focused on how the experiences of blind and partially sighted women could be used to develop relevant violence prevention strategies for them. It was awarded the Originality Prize in memory of Paul Jeffrey Kuszyszyn. More recently her applied work is examining how sex and gender impact the severity and outcomes of traumatic brain injury with Dr. Angela Colantonio in the Acquired Brain Injuries lab at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Future research plans center on using qualitative methods and critical theory to challenge traditional approaches to interventions, programming and policy. Her research area interests include feminist and critical theory, post-modern approaches to psychology, sex and gender, sexual assault/IPV prevention, health research and the incorporation of gender into health-focused interventions through knowledge mobilization. Alexis Fabricius also owns and operates a feminist women's self-defense company, Invicta Self-Defense . For more information.

 

   

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; Dr. Amy Muise's Sexual Health and Relationships (SHaRe) lab; and Ward Struthers Social Motivation lab. Interested in how people interact and how the attitudes that people hold  influence 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..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 senior undergraduate student at York University in the Specialized Honours BA in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Contribution a Certificate for her work as Student health Ambassador at York (SHAY). Moriah was awarded the 2017 Elaine Newton & Alan Wilder Achievement Scholarship for her contributions to the community. She is an active member of Able-York, a student driven organization that promotes the rights of students with disabilities on the York campus and promotes awareness of dis/ability concerns both at York University and in the greater community. Moriah's research interests include not only women’s health and disability but also the effects of inequality on mental and physical wellness.

 

   

Prapti Giri

Prapti Giri, a Registered Nurse since 2001, 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 maintains a private practice as a Registered Nurse trauma therapist. Her primary modality in counseling is Somatic ExperiencingTM (integrating mind, body and emotions in order to process trauma). For more information.

 

   

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 an undergraduate student in the BA Honors Psychology program at York University in Toronto, Ontario. She is the 2018 receipent of the Ivana Guglietti-Kelly Prize for qualitative research and winnder of the Social Activist Award. In addition to being the Founder and acting 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. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in Counselling 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 CPA History and Philosophy of Psychology section. Susannah is also serving 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.

 

 

   

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.

 

   

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 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 theraputic approaches, as well as psychoanalytic ethnography. She is planning to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology or social work.

 

   

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. 

 

   

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 is an undergraduate student in the Specialized Honours Psychology program at York University. After completing her degree, she is planning to enter a clinical or experimental graduate program. Her research interests include the intersection of feminist psychology, abnormal psychology and the law.

 

   

Grace Zhang

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.

 

PFV Family: Past Project Members

Marissa Barnes


Jeahlisa Bridgeman 

 

Lori Caplan


Max Chewinski


Sara Crann 


Makayla Fancy


Lisa Feingold

Pelin Gul


Lisa Held


Amanda Jenkins  


Axelle Karera


Susanna Kim


Anastasia Korostoliev  


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sponsors

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