Dr. Michelle Lafrance has been recognized by the British Psychological Society with the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Citation for Excellence award.
The award, which is rarely given, recognizes excellence in qualitative research, theory, and practice.
According to the society, Lafrance has developed an international reputation for excellence in research in the areas of women’s mental health, and feminist and critical psychology. As a recipient of the award, the QMiP section of the British Psychological Society wanted to highlight Lafrance’s feminist stance and use of discourse and narrative approaches to examine and challenge the way women’s bodies are appropriated, particularly by medicine.
“I was absolutely thrilled to hear I had been given this award by the British Psychological Society. I understand it’s the first time this award has been given to a scholar outside of the United Kingdom, so it was very unexpected,” Lafrance said.
“British psychologists are at the forefront of critical and political scholarship in psychology, so to be recognized by the society is a tremendous honour.”
The QMiP aims to raise the profile of teaching and research of qualitative methods in Psychology, to champion and develop these methods, and to act as a network of psychologists in extending collaborative possibilities, sharing expertise, and offering training opportunities.
Over her career, Dr. Lafrance has published two books, twelve articles in peer-reviewed journals, five book chapters, and three invited encyclopedia entries. She has been invited to present her research in several countries and is part of the Psychology’s Feminist Voices Project, an initiative that highlights the scholarship of feminist psychologists from around the world. 

In recognition of her research, the Canadian Psychological Association awarded her the Certificate of Academic Excellence in 2004.  In 2016, she and co-editor Dr. Sue McKenzie-Mohr were honoured with the Association for Women in Psychology’s Distinguished Publication Award for their book Women voicing resistance: Discursive and narrative explorations.