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Staff Information

 

Dr. Áine Humble- Director
Dr. Humble is an Associate Professor in the department of Family Studies and Gerontology. She completed her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Women's Studies, at Oregon State University. She has an undergraduate degree in Home Economics, with a major in Family Studies, and a Master’s degree in Family Life Education. She also has a diploma in Early Childhood Development. She is certified as a Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Humble’s primary research interests focus on how gender is constructed in families and relationships, and how gender affects the division of unpaid labour and the intersection of unpaid labour with paid labour. She has conducted both quantitative and qualitative research in this area. More information about her can be found on the department's webpage.

 

Nancy Salmon- Research Assistant (2009)
Nancy Salmon is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program at Dalhousie University. Currently she is writing up her ethnographic study involving the the friendships of teenagers with disabilities. Nancy has an abiding interest in disability theory, social justice, the ethics of caring, friendship throughout the life course, and in qualitative research approaches.

 

Amie Deleavey- Research Assistant (2008 - 2009)

 

Rachel MacDougall- Research Assistant (2007 - 2008)
Rachel MacDougall is a second year MA student in the department of Family Studies and Gerontology, with a focus in gerontology. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Prince Edward Island in Family Science. Her thesis will examine the future housing needs of aging Atlantic Canadians. Rachel is currently working on the Caregiving and Early Retirement project at the FWI Centre.

 

Jennifer Byrne- Research Assistant (2005 - 2007)
Jennifer Byrne is a second year MA student in the department of Family Studies and Gerontology. She has an undergraduate degree with a major in Psychology. Her research focus for her thesis is on the relationship between women's employment patterns and their financial security in retirement. Jennifer is currently working on a number of projects including the involuntary retirement and caregiving project and the FWI Centre.

 

Jill McSweeney- Research Assistant (2006 - 2007)
Jill is a first year MA student in the Family Studies and Gerontology Department. She has a BA with Honours in Psychology from Saint Mary’s. Her thesis research interest is in the occupation choices of continuing care assistants and the impact of long-term facilities/home support work environments have on the quality of care. Jill is currently working on the involuntary retirement and caregiving project and assisting with other projects.

 

Sue Pottie- Research Assistant (2006)
Sue received a BAA in Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in 2004. She is currently a second year MA student in the department of Family Studies and Gerontology at MSVU. Her thesis will be investigating the influence of gender on susceptibility to the negative effects of sibling rivalry. Sue worked on the retirement planning for older adults with developmental disabilities project, helping with the facilitation of focus groups, transcribing group discussions, and assisting with the analysis of results from individual interviews.