Jennifer McWilliams BSc Honours in Psychology, MA/PhD Student in Experimental Psychology, Research Assistant

I received my Bachelor of Science, with First Class Honours in Psychology, from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in May 2016. I worked under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Hamilton, whose main research interests include the application of psychology to sport and exercise performance, performance enhancing strategies in sport, hazing, and coping/skills development in cancer survivors. For my Honours project, we worked on a study entitled “The Effects of Facial Expressions on Cycling Performance: An Embodied Cognition Approach”. This study investigated whether the embodiment of specific facial expressions influenced participants’ Ratings of Perceived Exertion (RPE), actual exertion (heart rate), and performance (kilometers traveled) during a 20-minute cycling task on a stationary bicycle.

I became a part of Carmen and Lynne’s research team immediately after graduating, and they have not been able to get rid of me since! Being a part of the P-SEC research group has given me the opportunity to assist them with their women in firefighting study, and with various other studies/tasks. Most notably, I was given the amazing opportunity to present a paper on the othering of full-time and volunteer female firefighters in the Canadian Fire Services as part of a symposium given at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Convention in June 2017, as well as publish a manuscript based on this topic this year.

In the Fall of 2018, I continued my education at UNB in the Experimental Psychology MA/PhD program under the co-supervision of Carmen and Lynne. For my Master’s thesis and Apprenticeship, we are investigating the daily experiences of Canadian career women firefighters who are 40 years of age and older. I also currently serve as the P-SEC lab manager. In this position, I manage the day-to-day operations of the labs at UNB and Laurentian University.

Publications & Presentations

Publications:

Poulin, C., Gouliquer, L., & McWilliams, J. (Accepted, February 2019). Othering of full-time and volunteer women firefighters in the Canadian fire services. Qualitative Sociology Review – Special Issue (Pages: 47).

McWilliams, J., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2017). Othering of volunteer and full-time female firefighters in Canada. Symposium: New Rules, Same Results: Institutions Shaping the Everyday Realities of the Marginalised. 78th Annual Canadian Psychological Association Convention Program Abstract Book, 58(1a), 108. Retrieved from https://www.cpa.ca/docs/File/Convention/2017/2017%20CPA%20Convention%20Program_Abstract%20Book_V-6-6-2017-sm2.pdf.

McWilliams, J. M., Hamilton, R., & Seaman, K. (2016). The effects of facial expressions on cycling performance: An embodied cognition approach. Proceedings of the SCAPPS 2016 Annual Conference, 48(1), 201. Retrieved from https://www.scapps.org/jems/index.php/1/article/view/1453.

Presentations:

McWilliams, J., Sharkey, M., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2019). Women firefighters in Canada: The issue of ill-fitting personal protective equipment. Symposium: The marginalisation of women across time, land, and institutions. 80th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, Canada, May 31-June 2.

Sharkey, M., McWilliams, J., Gouliquer, L., & Poulin, C. (2019). “That’s the way they are made”: Canadian women firefighters and the issue of ill-fitting personal protective equipment. The 36th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: The Transdisciplinary Efficacy of Qualitative Methods: Studying Everyday Life, the Empirical Tradition Continues. Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 9-11.

McWilliams, J. (2019). “Through hell and back”: A parental caregiver’s narrative of struggle. The 36th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: The Transdisciplinary Efficacy of Qualitative Methods: Studying Everyday Life, the Empirical Tradition Continues. Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 9-11.

Voyer, D., & McWilliams, J. (2018). Mathematics achievement and sex differences in mental rotation. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) conference/International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, Canada.

McWilliams, J., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2018). Feeling like the outsider: Othering of women firefighters in Canada. The 35th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Creating, Negotiating, and Transcending Social Boundaries in Everyday Life, Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 16-18.

McWilliams, J., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2018). Health implications of othering: A study of women firefighters in Canada. The Faculty of Nursing's 23rd Annual Research Day, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada (May 11).

McWilliams, J., Poulin, C., & Gouliquer, L. (2017). Othering of volunteer and full-time female firefighters in Canada. Symposium: New Rules, Same Results: Institutions Shaping the Everyday Realities of the Marginalised. 78th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, June 8-10.

Poulin, C., Gouliquer, L., McWilliams, J., Young, P., Tucker, W., & Moore, A. (2016). Female firefighters in leadership roles: “Where is the man in charge?” Poster-presentation at the UNB Research Showcase, Fredericton, Canada (30 September).

McWilliams, J. M., Hamilton, R., & Seaman, K. (2016). The effects of facial expressions on cycling performance: An embodied cognition approach. Poster presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sports Psychology (SCAPPS)/Société Canadienne D'Apprentissage Psychomoteur et de Psychologie du Sport, Waterloo, Canada.

O'Sullivan, L., Clark, D., Talbot, F., Byers, M., Sanford, J., & Wasson, K. (2016). Are breakups of romantic dating relationships linked to depression and suicidality? Paper symposium presented at the Biannual Meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research, Toronto, Canada.