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Coordinating Team

Clive Baldwin, PhD, Director of CIRN, is Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at St. Thomas University. Before joining the faculty at St. Thomas in May 2011, he was Senior Lecturer in social work at University of Bradford in the UK. He has been active in developing narrative as methodology and practice in academia and social organizations. As Canada Research Chair, he is undertaking research projects to explore the dynamics of narrative in social/health care organizations, to develop narrative literacy in professional education, and to implement training programs in narrative ethics in research.

Michelle Lafrance

Michelle Lafrance, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Thomas University. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of women and mental health, including women’s experiences of recovery from depression, the social construction of mental illness, and women’s leisure. She adopts narrative and discursive approaches in her analysis of women’s accounts of their experience of distress and well-being. Her book, Women and Depression: Recovery and Resistance (2009), is published by Routledge.

Sue McKenzie-Mohr

Suzanne McKenzie-Mohr, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at St. Thomas University. As a practicing social worker for fifteen years, her interest in the role of narrative in people's lives grew out of her work in shelters, hospitals, and counselling centres. She covers content on narrative practice theory with adults, children, and in response to trauma in her courses. Her doctoral thesis involved exploration of the role of narrative in women's navigation of the post-rape process toward living well. Related scholarly interests include the use of audience, counterstories, and narrative repair in response to oppressive conditions.

Beth McKim

Elizabeth McKim, PhD, Co-editor of Narrative Works, is Professor of English at St. Thomas University, where she teaches courses on the Romantic period, Jane Austen, literature and medicine, and literature and aging. Educated at the University of New Brunswick, Concordia University, and York University, Beth’s early interest in narratology has broadened into an interest in the psychological and neurological aspects of narrative, and her recent publications have reflected this interdisciplinary direction. She has explored identity issues in the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, the headache narratives of Jane Cave Winscom (a 19th century British poet), and has collaborated with Bill Randall on a variety of presentations, publications, and workshops on the poetics of aging, including Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old (Oxford, 2008).

Bill Randall

William Randall, EdD, Co-editor of Narrative Works, is Professor of Gerontology at St. Thomas University, where he teaches courses on aging and health, counselling older adults, older adults as learners, and narrative gerontology. Educated at Harvard, Princeton Seminary, and the University of Toronto, he first became interested in narrative during his studies in theology, then later in education. Bill has authored or co-authored various publications on narrative approaches to understanding aging. Co-organizer of the first Narrative Matters conferences, in 2002 and 2004, and often asked to speak on narrative gerontology, his research interests include narrative care with older adults, narrative foreclosure in later life, and the narrative complexity of autobiographical memory. His most recent books include Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old (co-authored with Elizabeth McKim; Oxford, 2008), and Storying Later Life: Issues, Investigations, and Interventions in Narrative Gerontology (co-edited with Gary Kenyon and Ernst Bohlmeijer; Oxford, 2011).

John McKendy

John McKendy, PhD, was Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas University and much loved by students, colleagues, and community members alike. He regularly taught courses on social justice and discursive practices. His research passions included the narrative construction of identity by men in prison. Up until his tragic death in October 2008, he was a central member of the CIRN coordinating team. In everything that CIRN goes on to do or be, John’s memory will be cherished.