I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University in Toronto. I use critical historical and qualitative approaches to analyze the development and contemporary status of the human sciences. I am interested in how psychologists have used their scientific ‘expertise’ to impact society and how, in turn, social and political factors have shaped the nature of this expertise and its influence. In my current project I examine the relationships among feminist psychology, gender ideologies, and policy in Canada and the United States from the 1940s-present with specific attention to gender and employment, gender-based violence, and women’s mental health.
With support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, I direct the Psychology’s Feminist Voices multimedia digital archive project. This project collects, creates, and curates material about women in the history of psychology and contemporary feminist psychologists. It houses over 120 oral history interviews with feminist psychologists, over 275 original profiles of women and feminists in psychology, a documentary on the emergence of feminist psychology in the United States, and extensive resources for bringing feminism into the psychology classroom. Recently, we have added a pedagogical video series called Gender Matters in which we teach the methods of sex and gender analysis in psychology.
I am a member of the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. In 2013 I was president of the Society for the History of Psychology and in 2018-19 I was president of the Society for General Psychology. I am an Associate Editor of the American Psychologist and the incoming editor of the Journal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences. I currently serve on the editorial board of Feminism & Psychology, and am a member of the advisory board of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology. As you can tell, I am passionate about the combination of history, feminism, and psychology!