Claudia Barned

Claudia Barned

Postdoctoral researcher

Claudia is a postdoctoral fellow working on research pertaining to free will and addiction. She received her PhD in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Her doctoral research is situated within the areas of critical health psychology, social psychology, and feminist studies, and emerged from an interest in examining bodily difference and attitudes towards obesity. Her doctoral project was a feminist qualitative study on contemporary understandings of women’s bodies. Employing a feminist poststructuralist discourse analysis, she examined the ways in which urban Jamaican women positioned themselves within culturally available discourses on health and beauty. To date, Claudia’s research program has focused on two main areas: cultural constructions of health and the body, and the ethical, social and legal implications of involving children in long-term biomedical research. While at Guelph, she worked on an interdisciplinary Genome Canada funded project pertaining to the ethical and social implications of involving children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in long-term biomedical research, outputs of which have been presented at national and international conferences. After completing her doctoral studies, Claudia worked as a research associate at the Centre for Faculty Development – St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada) on work related to medical education. Much of her scholarly work has involved bridging multiple disciplines and integrating various bodies of scholarship.