Welcome to the Cluster
In 2009, Bishop’s University identified psychological health and well-being as one its four strategic research areas. The Psychological Health and Well-being (PHWB) Research Cluster is a multidisciplinary research group consisting of members from the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Business.
Our overall objective is to produce and share knowledge about how to improve the psychological health and well-being of individuals and the communities that they live in.
Coordinator: Dr. James Crooks
Knowledge Mobilization Workshop
Why do we conduct research? Often times, it is to answer some pertinent question or problem that currently exists in society. Research that is conducted often contains information that could benefit the population, the environment or industry. Despite this, research does not always find its way into the hands of those who could make use of it. In fact, there exists a gap between knowledge and action. Knowledge mobilization is a process that aims to bridge this gap by acting as a proactive process that builds meaningful relationships between the researchers and the end-users of the research.
On Thursday, September 29th, the PHWB Research Cluster hosted a knowledge mobilization workshop from 9:00-2:00 PM in the Adam’s Dining Room, of the Dewhurst Building at Bishop’s University. In order to promote knowledge mobilization with research conducted at Bishop’s University, Jayne Morrish was invited to speak on the subject. Jayne Morrish currently works as the Knowledge Mobilization Officer at the Centre for Lifespan Development at Brock University. The workshop covered a variety of topics, including:
- Introduction to knowledge mobilization/knowledge translation
- How to plan knowledge mobilization
- Grant writing with knowledge mobilization in mind
- Writing for the end-users of your research
The study and practice of Knowledge Mobilization is something that Bishop’s University is exploring in new initiatives within the PHWB cluster membership and other BU faculties. According to Jayne Morrish, "Bishop’s University stands poised to be on the leading edge of Knowledge Mobilization in Canada."
Congress of Sports Studies
On Wednesday April 12th from 1:00-6:00 PM, The PHWB Research Cluster partnered with the Sports Studies program at Bishop’s University to host the first edition of the congress of sports studies. 65 delegates came together from both Bishop’s University and the Université de Sherbrooke. Students came together to share their latest findings from their research on topics such as:
- Efficacy of different training methods
- Virtual reality as a means for athletic training
- Injury recovery
- Sports Nutrition
In addition to the student presentations, Bishop’s University/the congress of sports studies was happy to welcome Scott Livingston as the key note speaker for this event. Scott Livingston, (B.Sc., CAT(C), CSCS), is an athletic performance authority, therapist and trainer. He has been working in the field of athletic performance for over twenty-five years. He has trained athletes at every level, including professional athletes, Olympic athletes, college athletes and highly motivated recreational athletes. Scott worked for eleven seasons in the National Hockey league as an athletic therapist and strength and conditioning coach with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and New York Islanders. Scott presented on a number of examples of high performance culture in sport, and shared how these relate to both business and personal success. He also explored how skills can be used to overcome challenges and to support successful outcomes.
Pathways to Psychological Health and Well-Being in Everyday Life
Over the course of two months, the Psychological Health and Well-being (PHWB) Research Cluster partnered with the Senior Academy for Lifelong Learning (SALL) to present its second installment of a series of interesting workshops called Pathways to Psychological Health and Well-Being in Everyday Life. The course was coordinated by Dr. Lisa Mask and Mr. Wade Lynch. This Pathways course expanded off of the presentations given the year before, which originated from the talks given by the cluster at the Community Learning Centre in Magog.
The presentations were held throughout the months of February and March. Due to the growing interest, the course was moved from Café Faro to the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre after its first year to accommodate for larger groups. On average, the workshops accommodated about 18-25 adult learners. The topics discussed were as follows:
- February 14 - Vitamins For The Soul: Loving Thyself Through Self-Compassion & Gratitude: Dr. Lisa Mask
- February 21 - Pollen and Allergies: Dr. Elisabeth Levac
- March 7 - Can Exercise Affect your Cognitive Function?: Dr. Stuart McKelvie
- March 14 - The Effects of Meditation on Your Brain and Psychological Health: Dr. Adrianna Mendrek
- March 21 - Here’s to Our Future! Student Flash Talks: BU students
- March 28 - Citius: A Matter of Health in Older Adults: Dr. Nicolas Berryman
The Development and Psychosocial Correlates of Religiosity and Spirituality among Adolescents and Young Adults
On Thursday March 9th from 4:00-6:00PM, the PHWB Research Cluster invited Dr. Marie Good to explore her work investigating how various dimensions of spirituality and religiosity develop across adolescence. In addition, she described how (and why) some of these dimensions may be linked to important indicators of psychosocial adjustment, such as:
- intrapersonal well-being
- academic achievement
- substance use, and;
- non-suicidal self-injury.
Dr. Marie Good is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a social developmental psychologist whose main area of research is the role of religiosity and spirituality in the lives of adolescents and young adults. She also dabbles in work on adolescent/young adult development more generally, including projects on risk-taking, non-suicidal self-injury, and video game use.