Team

We bring interdisciplinary experience and expertise from the fields of Nursing, Psychology and Anthropology to the study of health and social experiences of individuals and families across the lifespan.

Our members are affiliated with the University of Regina (Nursing), University of Saskatchewan (Psychology and Anthropology), and the University of Jordan (Developmental and Cultural Psychology).

Our work is enhanced by the merging of our diverse clinical and research experiences with individuals and families across the lifespan (children, adults, older adults) facing normal transitions, traumatic or transformational life experiences.

Our team members have clinical, teaching, and research experience in Quebec, Jordan, India, San Fransisco, USA, Ghana, and rural/remote/urban Saskatchewan.

Elise J. Matthews, RN, PhD, BScN, BA

Collaborator

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina

Member, Council on Nursing and Anthropology: https://www.conaa.org/

Dr. Matthews has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Matthews applies her interdisciplinary training in Anthropology and Psychology to questions relevant to health and nursing care of individuals and families in the community. Her clinical experiences with children and families inspired her passion for qualitative research. Her experiences as a nursing student in remote Northern Saskatchewan and Chennai, India and as a Registered nurse in inner city Saskatoon fostered a life-long interest in the relationships between individual psychological experience, culture and health.

Dr. Matthews’ research focuses on parents and families in urban and rural Saskatchewan.

More info: https://www.uregina.ca/nursing/faculty-staff/faculty/elise_matthews.html

Email: elise.matthews@uregina.ca

Jan Gelech, PhD, BA

Collaborator

Professional Affiliate & Lecturer, in Culture, Health & Human Development, Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Gelech specializes in the study of self, identity and transformative life experiences, including traumatic brain injury among adult men and women, and crisis and healing among same-sex attracted Christian men. Dr. Gelech also has expertise in participatory, community-based research partnerships. Her interdiscplinary graduate training in anthropology and psychology informs her approach to teaching and critical interpretive qualitative research.

Dr. Gelech has conducted research in Saskatchewan, Canada and in San Francisco, USA.

More info: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan_Gelech

Email: jan.gelech@usask.ca

Somaya Al-Ja’afreh, PhD

Collaborator

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Dr. Al-Ja’afreh teaches developmental psychology to students in Amman, Jordan. She completed her graduate studies in both Jordan and Canada. She specializes in the study of mental health, family dynamics and support needs of war refugees in Saskatchewan. She has conducted research with Iraqi refugees and services providers in Saskatoon, and with Syrian women refugees in Saskatoon. Dr. Al-Ja’afreh’s research in psychological challenges and supports after traumatic experiences is informed by her training in cultural psychology and psychological anthropology.

Dr. Al-Ja’afreh has conducted research in Amman, Jordan and urban Saskatchewan, Canada.

More info: http://arts.ju.edu.jo/Lists/FacultyAcademicStaff/DispDept_Staff.aspx?ID=172&dept=Psychology&deptName=Psychology

Email:

Raissa Graumans, PhD

Collaborator

Dr. Graumans is a Research Consultant with expertise in collaborative partnerships with Indigenous organizations in Saskatchewan, specializing in child and family services. Dr. Graumans also specializes in the study self and symbolism, and conversion experiences of Tibetan Buddhist nuns.

Dr. Graumans has conducted research in rural and remote Northern Saskatchewan and in Gujarat, India.

Email: raissa.graumans@gmail.com

Vivian Puplampu, PhD, MN, RN

Collaborator

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina

Dr. Puplampu is a nurse researcher who specializes in quality of life among older adults. Dr. Puplampu has expertise in the area of qualitative research methods. She also specializes in context-based learning approaches with nursing students.

Dr. Puplampu’s recent research is among the first studies in Canada to examine quality of life among older adults who reside in a co-housing community.

Dr. Puplampu has practiced and taught nursing in Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Canada and in Ghana.

More info: https://www.uregina.ca/nursing/faculty-staff/faculty/Vivian_Puplampu.html

Email: vivian.puplampu@uregina.ca

Michel Desjardins, PhD

Collaborator

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, and Associate Member, Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Desjardins is a cultural anthropologist and internationally recognized expert in the field of disability, specializing in the inclusion of adults with intellectual disabilities. He has mentored many undergraduate and graduate psychology students in Culture, Health and Human Development.

Dr. Desjardins has conducted research in Quebec and Saskatchewan.

More info:

https://artsandscience.usask.ca/profile/MDesjardins#/profile

https://artsandscience.usask.ca/psychology/programs/human-development.php

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michel_Desjardins2

Email: michel.desjardins@usask.ca


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