Qualitative Inquiry

 

Qualitative inquiry aims to understand people's lifeworlds and to include their voices and opinions.  Qualitative research offers an in-depth exploration and understanding of experiences, as well as how they are embedded in 'local worlds' , structures and sociopolitical contexts.  I work with researchers in designing and carrying out projects employing quali-tative and mixed-methods approaches. These could include thematic, discourse and narrative approaches. I train teams to work with qualitative analysis software. I also teach introductory and advanced workshops or semester long courses in Qualitative Inquiry. Depending on the scope of the project or the course, we discuss the paradigms and theoretical frameworks, the debates and dilemmas in qualitative research, the ethical aspects and the specific methodological and analytic questions.

 

See:  Projects 

Program Development

 

I work with researchers and practitioners in developing culturally relevant programs for enhancing well-being. We work through addressing personal, social and environmental dimensions of health for reducing inequalities and fostering social justice.  Through Participatory Action Research and other dialogical narrative/qualitative approaches, we work together with the community and organization on program development, program implementation and if relevant, program evaluation.  These programs can be in health promotion, community development, organizational change. 

 

Some examples include:

 

Practice
 

I employ narrative practice for making sense of the complexities of life through meaning-making relationships and interactions in which personal and cultural stories are processed and developed further.  My interest in meaning making and narratives led me to narrative practices such as narrative medicine and  health coaching as non-hierarchical practices in support of the well-being of self and communities.  I'm certified by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in coaching psychology and have trained at the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Program, and at the Clinical Program in Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Some specific areas are:

 

  • Prevention of illness, dealing with illness and with treatments, with an awareness of personal and broader contextual aspects of illness

  • Supporting caregivers of patients and older adults, including formal and informal caregivers

  • Professional development and decisions about work and education.