|"This project is about young people examining their own lives, creatively expressing what they know and discover, partnering with academic researchers to ensure that this knowledge makes a difference for other young people."|
Lynda Ashbourne, Ph.D., is an associate professor, and a couple and family therapist, currently teaching in the Dept. of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition (Couple and Family Therapy), at the University of Guelph.
Lynda has worked for 30 years with individuals, couples and families as they strengthen relationships and deal with challenging life circumstances. Her research interests include family relationships (especially during adolescence) and mental health/well-being. Recently she has been interviewing parents and teens in Muslim immigrant families about their experience of day-to-day family interactions, such as time choices and storytelling, and how these influence parent-adolescent relationships and personal well-being. Understanding the influences that life experience and broader social messages about gender, culture, age and personhood have on how one sees oneself, others, and the possibilities open to them holds particular interest for Lynda. The CIHR Voices against Violence project allows close-up consideration of how youth view and experience some of these influences.