Projects

We are conducting several research studies that explore disability, mental health, family, culture, and their intersections across the lifespan.


Childhood Disability & Mental Health

  • Matthews, E. J., Gelech, J., Graumans, R., Desjardins, M., & Gelinas, I. (2020). Mediating a fragmented system: Partnership experiences of parents of children with neurodevelopmental and neuromuscular disabilities in Saskatchewan. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10882-020-09750-0
  • Gelech, J., Desjardins, M., Matthews, E. J., Graumans, R. (2017). Why don’t working relationships change? The need for a new approach to disability partnership research and reform. Disability and Society, 32(2), 176-192.http://www.doig.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1281104
  • Matthews, E. J., & Puplampu, V. Strategies of Adaptation Among Parents of Children with NeurodeInvelopmental Disorders in Saskatchewan. Society for Applied Anthropology and Council on Nursing and Anthropology Annual Meeting, March 2019, Portland, Oregon, USA. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2333393619838883

Childhood Disability in Indigenous Communitiese

RRUN—Recognizing Resilience and Understanding Needs: Family Experiences of Childhood Disability in First Nations Communities in Saskatchewan.

This is a partnership project with QBOW Child and Family Services, Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. This agency that serves 6 First Nations in Saskatchewan. Principal Investigator:Elise Matthews; Co-Investigators: Jan Gelech, Michel Desjardins, Bonita Beatty (University of Saskatchewan), H. Monty Montgomery (University of Regina); Community Partner: Lois Isnana, Executive Director, QBOW.

For information on the context of childhood disability in Saskatchewan Indigenous communities, see a recent report published by Nechapanuk Centre Child and Family Services Inc., Red Earth, SK; QBOW Child and Family Services Inc., Fort Qu’Appelle, SK Saskatchewan; and First Nations Family and Community Institute Inc., Saskatoon, SK (Principle Author Raissa Graumans, PhD. Researcher, Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute). Disability Research Project 2018-2019: http://www.sfnfci.ca/pages/research-policy-and-standards.html

Adult Disability Community Based Research

  • Gelech, J., Bayly, M. & Desjardins, M. (2017). Constructing robust selves after brain injury: positive identity work among members of a female self-help group. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2017.1308872
  • Gelech, J., Bayly, M., & Desjardins, M. (2014). Our space: Formative assessment of an innovative pilot program for female brain injury survivors. Saskatoon, SK: Saskatchewan Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured. ISBN: 978-0-9939067-0-1. https://www.femaleABI.com
  • Mazurik, K., Desjardins, M., de Grosbois, È., Poldma, T., & Gelech, J. (2014). Individual stakes and collective ideology in tension: Looking at physical and spatial obstacles from an experiential perspective. ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research, 8(3), 194-205. https://www.doi.org/10.1016/j.alter.2014.02.008
  • Gelech, J., & Desjardins, M. (2010). Se déplacer entre les marges et le centre: Stratégies de reconstruction à la suite d’un traumatisme craniocérébral [Moving between margins and the centre: Reconstructive strategies in the wake of acquired brain injury]. Revue Frontières, 22(1-2), 69-77. https://www.doi.org/10.7202/045029ar

Presentations:

  • Gelech, J., Mazurik, K., Matthews, E., & Desjardins, M. (2020, March 18). Developing a communicative body: A processual account of coping with irritable bowel diseases. Paper presented at the Council on Nursing and Anthropology sessions at Society for Applied Anthropology conference March 17-21 Albuquerque, NM. Virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Clune, L., & Matthews, E. J. (2019). Uncovering the work of being accommodated: The student standpoint. Conference presentation for the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 4, 2019, Vancouver, BC.

Refugee Mental Health, Family and Community Experience

This work is supported by a SSHRC Explore Institutional Grant, University of Regina. This project explores the mental health, self-conceptions, family dynamics, community experiences, and service needs of refugees in Saskatchewan. Planned future projects include understandings of childhood disability and mental health among refugees in Canada and Jordan.  

Publications are forthcoming. Presentations & Dissertation include:

  • Matthews, E. J., Al-Ja’afreh, S., & Gelech, J. (2020, March 18). Language, translation and representation: Critical interpretation of Arabic speaking refugee women’s experiences presented in English. Paper presented at the Council on Nursing and Anthropology sessions at Society for Applied Anthropology conference March 17-21 Albuquerque, NM. Virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Al-Ja’afreh, S., Matthews, E. J., & Gelech, J. (2020, March 18). Family, health and community experiences of Syrian women refugees in Saskatchewan.  Paper presented at the Council on Nursing and Anthropology sessions at Society for Applied Anthropology conference March 17-21 Albuquerque, NM. Virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Al-Ja’afreh, S. (2016). Minding the Iraqi refugee: Psychological challenges of Iraqi war refugees and the effectiveness of existing support services in Saskatoon. https://harvest.usask.ca/handle/10388/7579?show=full

Mental Health, Family & Childhood Trauma

Older Adult Co-Housing & Quality of Life

  • Puplampu, V., & Matthews, E. J., Puplampu, G., Gross, M., Pathak, S., & Peters, S. (2019). The impact of seniors’ cohousing on older adults’ quality of life. The Canadian Journal on Aging, 39(3). https://www.doi.org/10.1017/S0714980819000448
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