Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Faculty of Science

First Advisor

Geoffrey Nelson

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member

Second Advisor

Susan James

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member

Third Advisor

Richard Walsh-Bowers

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member


In this thesis I describe my personal journey to come to some understanding about how l do community-oriented research, and why I do it the way I do. I engaged in a collaborative program evaluation with a self-help group for survivors of the mental health system. I describe the research project and the ways I reflected on the project to help me uncover some of the hidden assumptions and influences that have shaped me as a researcher until now. Then I discuss issues that arose for me as I engaged in the evaluation and illustrate them drawing on both my experience as a psychology student and my experience working on this particular project. Finally, I discuss the importance of this kind of learning experience for other community-oriented researchers as we struggle to do our work with integrity and honesty.

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