Jessica Curran

My name is Jessica Curran, I was born in Peterborough so going to Trent was a natural progression for meafter enjoying time as a visual artist and six years in the workforce. I completed my Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology at Trent University in April of 2013, and am now in my second year as a Graduate, hoping to come away with a Master’s Degree in Psychology. As an Undergraduate student, I took part in the Honours Thesis program. My research focused on homelessness and the organization of drop-in centers geared to low-income populations, with an emphasis on understanding how marginalization affected the success of a bottom-up governance model. My graduate research continues to explore issues surrounding the effects of marginalization on vulnerable populations. The current three-phase study willexplore the attitudesand percepti ons of a population of Southern Ontarians concerning health on Indigenous Reservations in Northern Ontario. The study will compare information gathered from popular text-based news articles (Phase 1) to the opinions of undergraduate students at Trent university (Focus Groups, Phase 2), with the aimof exploring whether the media is a reflection of the dominant perception or whether the media aids in constructing dominant opinion. The final Phase of the study will include a consultation with experts (Aboriginal individuals who have lived-experience), in the form of semi-structured interviews. My overall goal in generating this type of research is to spark conversation and further education with an emphasis on rewriting policyand changing attitudes to develop a collective approach to the management of resources and the inclusion of marginalized populations.

Danielle Sage

Danielle Sage is in her final semester of her M.Sc in Social Psychology. Danielle attended Trent University for her undergraduate degree and continued on at Trent with Professor Navara as her Master's supervisor. Currently Danielle is completing her thesis on the marital outcomes following weight-loss surgery. This thesis is a mixed methods approach where both qualitative and quantitative methodologies are applied. It is the hopes of this research that the social and psychological outcomes following weight-loss surgery are better understood and information may be provided to health care practitioners to promote better care for these individuals. After graduation, Danielle is interested into getting into exploring many avenues with her degree, specifically within the realm of psychological research.