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

Disability Community Partnership Research

  • 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.doi: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1281104
  • Gelech, J., Bayly, M., & Desjardins, M. (2017). Constructing robust selves after brain injury: Positive identiy work among members of a female self-help group. Neuopsychological Rehabilitation, 29(3), 1-21. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2017.1308872
  • Graumans, R., Gelech, J., Matthews, E. J., & Desjardins, M. Promoting partnerships within disability service networks: A look at the strengths and limits of majority-based and parsimonious plans of action. [Forthcoming]

Childhood Disability & Mental Health Service Access

  • Matthews, E. J., Gelech, J., Graumans, R., Desjardins, M., & Gelinas, I. (2019). Mediating a fragmented system: Experiences of parents of children with disabilities in Saskatchewan. [Submitted].
  • Matthews, E. J., Puplampu, V. & Gelech, J. Strategies of adaptation among parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders in Saskatchewan. [In progress]
  • Matthews, E. J., Gelech, J., & Puplampu, V. Parental perceptions of mental health service needs of children with disabilities. [In progress.]
  • Matthews, E. J., Wright, K., & Spagrud, L. Screening tools for mental health disorders among children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review. [In progress.]
  • Matthews, E. J. (2017). Working with parents to develop a screening tool and service pathway protocol for mental health service needs in children with a suspected Autism Spectrum disorder diagnosis. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Saskatchewan Center for Patient Oriented Research (with Canadian Institute of Health Research) SPROUT grant Relevancy Review and Patient Engagement Award. $1991

Adult Mental Health & Parenting after Childhood Maltreatment

  • Matthews, E. J., & Desjardins, M. (2019). Transmission of the good family life: Family formation meanings after childhood maltreatment. The Journal of Family Violence. doi: 10.1007/s10896-019-00062-2.
  • Matthews, E. J. (2019). Seeking an ethics of care: Adult relational process after childhood maltreatment and parental mental health disorders. In M. de Chesnay & B. A. Anderson, Caring for the vulnerable: Perspectives in nursing theory, practice and research (5th edition) (pp. 187-196). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN: 978-1284146813.

Refugee Service Needs & Family Violence

  • Matthews, E. J. & Al-Ja’afreh, S. Perceptions of family violence among Syrian refugee women in Saskatoon. (2019, May). University of Regina President’s Seed Grant ($5,000).
  • Al-Ja’afreh, S. (2016). Minding the Iraqi refugee: Psychological challenges of Iraqi war refugees and the effectiveness of existing support services in Saskatoon. Dissertation.

Lifespan Development Research

  • 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). doi: 10.1017/S0714980819000448 
  • Matthews, E. J., & Desjardins, M. (2017). Remaking our identities: Couples’ experiences of Voluntary childlessness. The Family Journal. 25(1), 31-39. doi: 10.1177/1066480716679643d
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