PROJECT INVOLVEMENT

Alexandria’s current graduate research examines suicide prevention among Canadian military veterans who are utilizing psychiatric service dogs. Her work has a strong focus on alternative treatment for improving psychiatric care procedures with a trauma-informed approach by utilizing the concept of "mattering." An aspiring suicidologist, her primary academic interests include the medicalization of everyday life, chronic pain, trauma-informed treatment practices, mindbody healing, mattering in the context of mental health promotion, mental health reform, biophilia, and integrative medicine.

More information on current projects can be found HERE.

PUBLICATION RECORD

REFEREED CONTRIBUTIONS

FORTHCOMING: Pavelich, A. (2021). Animal-assisted intervention and suicidality: The impact of service dogs for Veterans at high-risk for suicide. American Psychological Association (APA) Convention 2021, in Washington, DC on August 6-8, 2021.

Dell, C., Williamson, L., Carey, B., Cruz, M.,Gibson, E., & Pavelich, A. (2022) Transitioning therapy dogs online during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned. Animals. (ISSN 2076-2615).

Carey, B., Pavelich, A., Fletcher-Hildebrand, S. (2021). Transitioning therapy dogs online during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned. 10th Annual E-Mental Health Conference: VirtualCare in Times of Crisis and Beyond, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on March 4, 2021.

Pavelich, A. (2021). Exploring animal-assisted intervention among military veterans: The potential social significance and impact of psychiatric service dogs. Poster submitted for presentation at the Anthrozoology as International Practice: A Student Conference in Animal Studies at the University of Exeter, UK on March 4-5, 2021.

Pavelich, A. (2021). Exploring animal-assisted intervention among military veterans: The potential social significance and impact of psychiatric service dogs. Paper submitted for presentation at the Anthrozoology as International Practice: A Student Conference in Animal Studies at the University of Exeter, UK on March 4-5, 2021.

Pavelich, A. (2021). The Depoliticization of Suicide: A Critical Discourse Analysis on the Government of Canada’s Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention. Paper submitted for presentation at the "Re-Imaging Social Futures" Conference at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, March 4-5, 2021.

ACCEPTED/COVID POST-PONED: Pavelich, A. (2020). The Depoliticization of Suicide: A Critical Discourse Analysis on the Government of Canada’s Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention. Paper submitted for presentation at the Fourth Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, June 12-13, 2020.

ACCEPTED/COVID POST-PONED: Pavelich, A. (2020). The Medicalization of Social Suffering: The Depoliticizing Nature of Psychiatric Labels in Critical Suicidology. Paper submitted for presentation at the Sociology Graduate Conference: Social Justice in a Changing Society at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, April 22-24, 2020.

Carey, B. (Presenter), Dell, C., Williamson, L., Pavelich, A., McKenzie, H., Gibson,M., Cruz, M. (2020). “Transitioning a Therapy Dog Program Online during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned”. Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference.University of British Columbia. Virtual Platform. In absentia.

Pavelich, A. (2019, May). Culture as Intervention: Applying Indigenous Knowledge & Self-Determination to Suicide Prevention Policies in Northern Saskatchewan. Sojourners: Undergraduate Journal of Sociology, 11. UBC.

Pavelich, A. (2019) The Medicalization of Suicide and its Depoliticization of Social Suffering. Presenter at the Sociology Undergraduate Student Association Academic Conference on March 15th, 2019 at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Best Presentation Recipient.

Bohr, Y., Manion, I., Lee, Y., Armour, L., Pavelich, A., & Abdelmaseh, M. (2019). I(nuit)-SPARX: Design of a Culture Specific Mental Health e-Intervention by Nunavut Youth for Nunavut Youth. Paper presentation at the International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary, Alberta, March 22-24, 2019.

Pavelich, A.
(2018, March). Culture as Intervention: Applying Indigenous Knowledge & Self-Determination to Suicide Prevention Policy in Northern Saskatchewan. Paper presented at the Sociology Undergraduate Student Association Academic Conference on March 15th, 2018 at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Pavelich, A. (2017, April). From Deviance to Disease: The Role of Medicalization in the History of Psychopathology. Paper presented at the Medical Practices & Processes Panel at the Mount Royal Historical Society Foothills Colloquium on April 30th, 2017 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.




NON-REFEREED CONTRIBUTIONS


A. Pavelich, & T. Wirchenko. (2020, January). Introducing a Therapy Dog for Staff Members in the Peter MacKinnon and Administration Building: Pilot Project Report. University of Saskatchewan, Pilot Project Report. Office of Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health & Wellness.

A. Pavelich, C. Dell, J. Ogresko. (2019, November). PAWS Your Stress: A Therapy Dog Program on the University of Saskatchewan Campus. USask Media Production - Promotional Video. (6:24 seconds).

McQuay, J., Pavelich, A., Porter, S., Tarantini, M., Van Dusen, O., and Wong, F. (2019, August). Undergraduate Student Expectations and Experiences in York University’s Sociology Program Final Report for FLR at York University in 2018 – 2019 as supported by the Sociology Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA) at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Pavelich, A. (2017, October). Medicalization and Pharmaceutical Intervention within Psychiatry. Invited Paper Presenter at the Humber College Academic Conference re: The State of (in)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege on October 28th, 2017 at the Harbourfront Center in Toronto, Ontario.

Creative Media

Be Well: Therapy Dogs & Animal-Assisted Interventions (2019).

Developer of the University of Saskatchewan Student Wellness Center Information Pamphlet.

Fall 2021, I helped produce and co-direct a video on the "PAWS Your Stress" Therapy Dog program on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

ADDITIONAL PUBLISHED OUTPUTS

Non-Academic Published Work

Relive Bengough, Saskatchewan’s Gateway Festival
July 24, 2017
Photo Essay Feature Exclaim! Music Magazine - Toronto, Ontario

Is the U of S Capable of Dealing with Addictions?
May, 2017
Health Feature - Print and Online in at The Sheaf Publishing Co. - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Truth About Students Eating Gluten-Free

March, 2017
Health Feature - Print and Online in at The Sheaf Publishing Co. - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Seasonal Affective Disorder: More Than Just the Winter Blues
February, 2017
Health Feature - Print and Online in at The Sheaf Publishing Co. - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Why A Dry January Should Be A 2017 Resolution For You
January, 2017
Health Feature - Print and Online in at The Sheaf Publishing Co. - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

"Don’t Believe Everything you Read: How To apply Science to Your Daily Life" - MoveU Blog, May 2019

Content Creator / Blog Consultant

"Don’t let the name of this blog fool you, evidence-based research ABSOLUTELY has its place. Think of all the significant medical advancements we’ve made that have started with pure science: anaesthesia, vaccines, and antibiotics to name a few. However, we feel the need to raise awareness about the issues surrounding…"

Full blog posting available HERE.



Relevant News Media

Online therapy dog program showing positive results, USask professor says
June 10, 2020
News Release for Therapy Dogs & PAWS Your Stress moving online for USask community

New USask podcast series focuses on mental health, wellness amid COVID-19
May 11, 2020
News Release for Be Well Podcast Series featuring PAWS Your Stress

Therapy dogs give One Health benefits.
November 1, 2019
PAWS Your Stress Official USask Video Release

Major scholarships awarded to USask Students

July 17, 2019
USask Research Profile and Impact

8th Annual LA&PS Celebration of Student Academic Achievement
May 3, 2019
Sociology Department Announcement

Globe & Mail - York University Strike
May 10, 2018
‘We feel like pawns’: York University students grow increasingly angry over strike

Sask. residents with chronic pain can feel 'quite abandoned by the system'


On October 8, 2020 I gave an interview to the Star Phoenix regarding my opinion on the state of trauma-informed care for chronic pain patients in Saskatoon. This front-page report is available for view here dated on January 2, 2021.

A publicly available statement I made in response to this published piece can be found on my personal page - it details how the article did not focus on the subject matter I originally agreed to speak to, providing a longer commentary on why chronic pain isn't adequately approached by existing health care services.

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