Dog-Human Relationships

Along with Lynda Ashbourne, Andrea is the Co-Director of the new Families Interacting with Dogs (FIDO) research group. FIDO aims to expand notions of family to include non-human animals and to investigate the intersections of human and canine well-being in family contexts. The FIDO group has been engaging in new research on dog-human relationships among university students and is about to launch a study on dog-human relationships in the context of family caregiving. We’re just getting started, so please stay tuned for more!

Indigenist Research Methods

Andrea’s work includes a focus on Indigenist research methodologies. Along with Shawn Wilson and Lindsay DuPré, she is co-editor of the (2019) book, Research and Reconciliation: Unsettling Ways of Knowing through Indigenous Relationships and they are currently at work co-authoring a new book on visiting as Indigenist methodology.

Narrative Identity

Andrea’s early research was focused on storytelling, identity and well-being. Her recent narrative research has examined the ways in which identity develops through interaction with stories encountered in books, movies, and other forms of art and media. She is especially interested in story-sharing and identity development as resistance to oppression and structural violence. Her graduate students’ recent research projects have examined narrative identity development, marginalization, and resistance in Muslim and African- Caribbean- and Black-identified young adults.

Family Relationships and Well-Being

Andrea is Principal Investigator for the collaborative SSHRC-funded project, Young Carers Coming of Age: Transitions in the Context of the Caregiving Relationship and the Caregiving during COVID-19 study. Her recent collaborations with colleagues in Applied Human Nutrition have focused on investigating family relationships and children’s nutritional health.