Areas of focus: developmental health psychology, lifespan development
Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Prince Edward Island. Active in feminist organizations for more than 20 years, she is an academic activist and developmental health researcher whose program of research is directed to better understand the multifaceted nature of health and wellness across the lifespan and within diverse community settings. Her research integrates the perspectives of a feminist liberation psychology framework with the determinants of health to examine a range of content areas including change processes for health behaviours as well as population health interventions to better understand how environments support individuals’ and families’ health. Her collaborative approach informs critical participatory research with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, pregnant adolescents, women leaving abusive relationships, access to reproductive justice, and aboriginal communities. She teaches a range of courses from foundational through to upper level including courses in Adulthood, Aging, Qualitative Methodologies as well as Social Justice in Psychology.