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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence





The research that I practice takes the form of engaged scholarship and is concerned with prevention and promotion programs for vulnerable children and families and community mental health for people with serious mental illness.

With regard to prevention and promotion, the two main projects with which I have recently been involved are Better Beginnings, Better Futures and the Family Wellness Project.

My research in community mental health has focused on several topics: a longitudinal study of the Consumer/ Survivor Initiatives in Ontario, housing and homelessness, a project entitled Shifting the Paradigm in Community Mental Health, and a project entitled Taking Culture Seriously in Community Mental Health.

The research approach that I follow in all of these projects emphasizes working in partnership with disadvantaged people, participatory action research, the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods, and value-based critical perspectives that challenge the status quo and that are oriented towards social change. For more information on partnership, participatory action research, and critical approaches to community research, please consult the following publications.

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Grant, J., Nelson, G., & Mitchell, T. (2008). Negotiating the challenges of participatory action research: Relationships, power, participation, change, and credibility. In P. Reason & H. Bradbury (Eds.), Handbook of action research (2nd Ed., pp. 589-607). Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage.

Liegghio, M., Nelson , G., & Evans , S.D. (2010). Partnering with children with mental health issues: Contributions from a sociology of childhood perspective to participatory action rearch. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 84-99.

Murray, M., Nelson, G., Poland, B., Maticka-Tyndale, E., & Ferris, L. (2004). Assumptions and values of community health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, 9, 315-325.

Nelson, G., Ochocka, J., Griffin, K., & Lord, J. (1998). "Nothing about me, without me": Participatory action research with self-help/mutual aid organizations for psychiatric consumer/survivors. American Journal of Community Psychology, 26, 881-912.

Nelson, G., Prilleltensky, I., & MacGillivary, H. (2001). Building value-based partnerships: Toward solidarity with oppressed groups. American Journal of Community Psychology, 29, 649-677.

Ochocka, J., Janzen, R., & Nelson, G. (2002). Sharing power and knowledge: Professional and mental health consumer/survivor researchers working together in a participatory action research project. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 25, 379-387.

Prilleltensky, I., & Nelson, G. (2004). Research and solidarity: Partnerships for knowing with community members. In D. Pare & G. Larner (Eds.), Critical practice in psychology and therapy (pp. 243-258). Binghampton, NY: Haworth Press.