University of Calgary

Jean Wallace

  • Professor

Current Research Interests

Jean has extensively studied the professional work attitudes and experiences of lawyers and physicians, with a recent shift to veterinarians and animal health technologists. Her research interests include: mental health and wellness; work-life balance and the work-family interface; job stress and coping strategies; mentoring and professional relationships; coworker and spousal support; and how statuses such as gender, generation and parenthood are relevant. She uses mixed methods in her research where she has relied on a combination of direct observations, interviews and surveys.

She has recently entered a new field of study lead with her colleague Dr. Eloise Carr (Nursing) and others. Together they are examining the benefits of dog ownership for people suffering from chronic pain. A key benefit of dog ownership is linked to the social support and ties to others that are helpful in coping with chronic pain and that relate to one's mental health.

She is also collaborating with Dr. Irene Herremans and Norm Althouse (Haskayne) in examining how graduate student interns who participated in international sustainable energy internships in Ecuador developed transformational leadership skills among themselves and the local high school students they mentored. This research builds on her research on mentoring and involves a highly complex mixed methods approach to examining this transformational process.

Publications

Journal Article

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees

Awards

  • 2008 - Resident Fellowship - Killam Trusts
  • 2007 - Distinguished Researcher Award - Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Calgary)
  • 2002 - Social Science Research Fellowship - Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Calgary)
  • 2002 - President's Circle of Excellence Award. - University of Calgary
  • 2001 - Betty Vetter Award for Research - Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network
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