Wendy Wood
Linda Dechief
Kristen Leigh Campbell
Kate Joy Burkhardt


Wendy Wood is a student at Concordia University in Montreal, enrolled in a clinical psychology program, working towards a Master’s degree, and a Ph.D., which she expects to complete by 2004. She previously attended the University of Waterloo and Concordia University, obtaining an undergraduate degree. Wendy writes,”My own life experiences led me to question negative social attitudes toward women and how these attitudes, in turn, shape women’s behaviour.”


Lynda Dechief is enrolled in a Master of Science degree at the University of British Columbia, and anticipates graduating in 2001. Lynda writes. “I am currently in an M.Sc. Program in Health Care and Epidemiology, conducting research aimed at improving the health care response to violence against women, and will be going on to study medicine in order to address the full gamut of women’s health issues. I chose my M.Sc. research topic for its potential to benefit women experiencing abuse in their intimate relationships, and plan to continue to advocate for women through a career as a physician.”


Kristen Leigh Campbell is enrolled in a Master of Science degree at the University of British Columbia ,completion date 2001. . Kristen writes, “ At present I am a MS student in Exercise Physiology. My research involves looking at the weight gain that is common in women undergoing breast cancer treatment, namely chemotherapy. This weight gain has the potential effect of predisposing women to other health problems like diabetes and heart disease, and may be related to breast cancer recurrence. The possible psycho-social impact of such weight gain is also significant, since it occurs at a time when women may already be struggling with altered self-image.. I hope to produce a solid piece of research which is both scientifically rigorous and which may also lead to practical changes in the care of women undergoing breast cancer treatment.”


Kate Joy Burkhardt is enrolled in doctoral studies in adult clinical psychology at the University of Windsor, which she anticipates completing in 2003. She writes, “My primary research interests lie withing the realm of Adult Criminal Psychology, chiefly in the investigation of gender and minority justice issues.. Scholastically, I have devoted my studies of criminal activity towards gender issues, with special attention to determinants of female victimization as well as male crime behaviour trends...As a doctoral candidate, I hope to further my involvement with the Inuit female population of Nunavut through an integration of research material collected during my earlier studies.. A primary focus of these studies was to determine the causes of victimization endured by females of this region. As a significant proportion of criminal activity in the Baffin Region is composed of domestic and sexual assault, it has proven imperative to dedicate attention to the prevention of such crimes.

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