Awards Recipients

2016

Gloria Puurveen - PhD Level

Glorai Puurvenn pictureGloria completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia and she has a background in music therapy and gerontology. Her research is grounded in a commitment to people with dementia across the illness trajectory, with research questions and subsequent methodologies anchored in the notions of inclusion, relational ethics, and social citizenship. Employing video observations, participant observations, and in-depth interviews her dissertation examined the experiences of individuals with advanced dementia who were nearing the end of life and how nursing home care staff and resident family members understood and responded to their social, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs.
DISSERTATION

Karen Lara - MA Level

Karen Lara PicKaren completed her Master of Counselling – Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University and is currently practicing as a mental health therapist at an Indigenous non-profit agency in the Interior of British Columbia. She enjoys working with Indigenous communities and is dedicated to learning about complex trauma and the effects of colonization on Indigenous nations. As a non-Indigenous person, Karen is committed to her role as an ally in decolonization in the area of mental health, particularly in pursuing alternative healing approaches such as equine psychotherapy. She is passionate about learning and collaboration with Indigenous wellness practitioners and Elders. Karen collaborated with members of the Cknúcwentn First Nations Court Elder’s Council for her Master’s thesis, which centered on the role of Indigenous Elders in contemporary judicial practices, and used both written and oral dissertations for sharing their findings.

DISSERTATION

2015

Anastasia Lijadi - PhD Level

Anastasia Aldelina Lijadi recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at the University of Macau. She developed and implemented an online asynchronised focus group discussion using social media, and employed the Collage Life-story Elicitation Technique for semi-structured interviewing. Anastasia received her MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Saint Joseph in Macau. She is currently working as a visiting lecturer at her alma mater and continuing research in exploring social change, identity construction, and well-being of high mobility individuals. Anastasia also actively involves non-profit associations by bringing community spirit to the expatriate community in Macau to ensure the smooth adaptation and well-being of the whole family, including the traveling spouse and children. 

DISSERTATION

Mariko Sakamoto - MA Level

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mariko completed her Master of Nursing from Athabasca University. She is a community health nurse from Vancouver, BC and has practiced within the home health setting in a variety of roles from home-care nurse to geriatric transition nurse. She also works as a sessional clinical instructor with the UBC School of Nursing, mentoring students within the community setting. Her nursing interests include facilitating chronic disease self-management and understanding how people experience and live with chronic conditions. This includes an interest in exploring what it means to live with degenerative illnesses such as dementia, as evidenced in her thesis, "Perceptions of Personhood and the Early Onset Dementia Experience."
DISSERTATION

2014

Karyn Taplay - PhD Level

Karyn is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Brock University in St, Catharines, Ontario. Karyn has an extensive background in maternal-child and community nursing, having worked clinically in Texas, USA, and serving on the teaching at the University of Texas Pan-American. In 2014, Karyn completed her PhD in Nursing from McMaster University. her dissertation topic was "The Organisational Cultures of Ontario Schools of Nursing: A Grounded Theory Study." This research looks at phenomena contributing to the adoption and incorporation of simulations as an educational strategy in undergraduate nursing programs in Ontario. Karyn is passionate about research in nursing education. Her key areas of interest are incorporating interprofessional education experiences into health professions curriculum and exploring the use of innovative pedagogies such as simulation in nursing education. 

DISSERTATION

Keren Tang - MA Level

Keren completed her MSc from the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. For her thesis, she collaborated with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation Community Wellness Program in the Northwest Territories in a participatory action research project. Applying a Freirian approach to raise critical consciousness, she worked with Aboriginal youth to develop participatory videos that explored and mobilised community-level physical activity. Her interest in participatory research with Indigenous communities stems from her experiences as a middle-school science teacher on the Navajo Nation and a community organiser in Montreal. In these roles, she engaged youth in leading community-based projects in the sciences and the arts that promoted skill building, social connectedness, confidence, and overall community well-being. She continues to share her passion for social justice and health promotion through her current involvement in policy development and community organising in Edmonton.

DISSERTATION

2013

Aileen Collier - PhD Level

Aileen is a nurse and social scientist. She has worked as a specialist palliative care nurse in a diverse range of settings in Scotland and Australia, and as a nurse educator in Laos. She is passionate about providing quality post-graduate palliative and end-of-life care education, and building capacity in palliative and end-of-life care research. Aileen’s research undergirds a commitment to her practical work, with moral and pragmatic questions always being anchored to clinical 'realities'. She is interdisciplinary in inclination and is an advocate of interdisciplinary research that brings together diverse disciplines in response to 'wicked' problems. Aileen’s PhD "Deleuzians of Patient Safety: A Video-Reflexive Ethnography of End-of-Life Care” examines the links between the spaces where dying people find themselves, exploring how these spaces enable or constrain agency and contribute to safety and quality of care.

DISSERTATION

Kim Mckercher - MA Level

Kimberly Mckercher is a graduate from the Gerontology Masters Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Her area of interest is environmental gerontology and residential care design. Kimberly is currently employed as a Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of BC. She is passionate about dementia care and supporting family caregivers.



DISSERTATION

2012

Carrie Mitchell - PhD Level

Carrie Mitchell has a PhD and MEd from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her research focuses on gender and education in the context of Nepal. She has worked within the field of education and international development in rural areas of Nepal for seven years, as well as teaching in other international contexts.

DISSERTATION


Holly McKenzie - MA Level

Holly McKenzie’s research explores how intersecting sexist, racist, classist, and colonialist discourses render Aboriginal women vulnerable to violence as well as how Aboriginal women resist this violence and the wider discourses that perpetuate it. Her Master’s project brought together a Feminist Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis Approach and an Indigenous Storytelling Methodology. She completed her MA in Canadian Plains Studies at the University of Regina, where she was honoured to work with a number of Aboriginal scholars, Elders, and other community members. While she is originally from small-town Saskatchewan, Holly recently made the move to Vancouver to pursue her doctoral studies at UBC. Her PhD research involves working with Aboriginal women living in poverty to identify what constrains and fosters their access to reproductive justice.
DISSERTATION

2011

 Justin Page

Justin Page’s research focuses on the relationship between society and natural resources, spanning studies of forestry, aquaculture, mining, and resource-dependent communities. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia, where he drew on environmental sociology and science studies to explain the creation of the Great Bear Rainforest. Post-doctoral positions have focused on the public acceptability of environmental remediation and the resilience of coastal BC communities. Justin now works as a Social Scientist in an Vancouver-based environmental consulting firm.

 

 

 

DISSERTATION

2010

Sophie Tamas

Sophie Tamas is a postdoctoral fellow in Emotional Geography at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, and an award-winning playwright. Her current research examines sites of memory work, where we make sense and use of loss. She holds a PhD and MA in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her publications focus on the ethical and methodological challenges of producing knowledge in sites of trauma. She lives in small-town Ontario with her partner, three teenage daughters, two dogs, two cats, and a fish.

DISSERTATION

2009

Kaela Jubas

Kaela Jubas is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary, specialising in adult learning. She earned her PhD in educational studies from the University of British Columbia in 2009. Her research and teaching interests relate to consumption, popular culture, work, and other aspects of everyday life as sources of informal adult learning about the complications of identity and social change.

DISSERTATION

2008

Sheri Leafgren

Sheri Leafgren is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Miami University of Ohio. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University. Leafgren is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and has been awarded several outstanding teaching awards and an Excellence in Education Award from Ohio Magazine. Her dissertation, upon which her book is based, won awards from the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, the National Association Early Childhood Teacher Education, and the Curriculum Group of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

DISSERTATION

The following Award Winners' dissertations are available to order from Routledge Publishing.
Please click on the 'Dissertation' links below for more information. 

2007

Linde Zingaro

Linde Zingaro has spent 30 years in a variety of social welfare and social activist settings. She has worked in direct service delivery, project development and management, staff training, public education, and currently has a clinical practice. She has run non-profit programs for street-active adolescents in Vancouver, and has done public speaking and advocacy for programs in Canada, the US, and Japan. Zingaro has a PhD in Educational Studies from University of British Columbia.

DISSERTATION

2006

Hazel K. Platzer

Hazel K. Platzer is a research fellow in the Health and Social Policy Research Centre, University of Brighton, England.

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Helen Vallianatos

Helen Vallianatos is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta.

DISSERTATION

2005

Lynne Wiltse

Lynne Wiltse is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia.

DISSERTATION

2004

Colleen Reid

Colleen Reid is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Health Research and Education, Simon Fraser University, and a research associate at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.

DISSERTATION

2003

Irena Madjar

Irena Madjar is a professor of nursing at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

DISSERTATION

2002

Ian William Sewall 

Ian Sewall, PhD, is a teacher with Peace Wapiti School Division, where he develops innovative videoconferencing and virtual classroom formats.

DISSERTATION

2001

Karen Martin

Karen Martin, a former psychiatric nurse, counselor, and family life educator, is an instructor in Sociology at the University of Alberta. She is author of Nobody there: Making peace with motherhood and Common threads.

DISSERTATION

2000

Claudia Malacrida

Claudia Malacrida is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge, and author of Cold Comfort: Mothers, Professionals, and Attention Deficit Disorder (2003 University of Toronto Press).

DISSERTATION

1999

Hedy Bach

Hedy Bach is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development (CRTED) at the University of Alberta.

DISSERTATION

1998

Rodney Evans

Rod Evans is an associate professor of education leadership and policy studies at the University of South Florida.

DISSERTATION