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Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research

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International Perspectives
on Early Childhood Research:
A Day in the Life

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I was educated in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, the University of London, and after postdoctoral studies at Dalhousie University, I taught and conducted research for many years at the University of New Brunswick. I study the acquisition of the thought, language, psychosocial processes and emotions of children and youth.

At UNB, our community-based action research findings are reported in a video and handbook on gender-sensitive violence prevention: "Worlds apart... Coming together", available free of charge from the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Family Violence Research Centre. I collaborated with MMFC colleagues in 2004 to edit "Understanding abuse: Partnering for change," University of Toronto Press, and we completed an evaluation of dating violence prevention in New Brunswick in 2007.

I now conduct research at UBC as an Honorary Professor and UNB as an Honorary Research/Emerita Professor. My early studies of young children's cognition have broadened to include: Cross-cultural studies of lying and truth telling, honesty and trust; emergent literacy (specifically, written expression); children's telephone communications; young children and teenagers' humour; cultural studies of early years, adolescent and older adult resilience; and psychosocial stress reactivity. Our international 'early years' team has completed a book, published in 2010 from Palgrave Macmillan, entitled 'International perspectives on early childhood research: A day in the life' that has recently been translated into Italian.

I enjoy productive collaborations with valued students, former students and colleagues. Some have taken me far afield from my roots studying early cognition.

Catherine Ann Cameron
Psychology Department,
2136 West Mall,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, B.C.,
V6T 1Z4
Phone: (604) 822-9078
Fax: (604) 822-6923



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