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Athabasca University

Dr. Gina Wong

Associate Professor

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Education

  • Ph.D. (1997-2002) Completed Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology. Dissertation titled: Reflective Practice in Counsellor Education & Development.
  • M.Sc. (1996-1997) Completed M.Sc. at the University of Alberta in the Department of Human Ecology, Family Ecology & Practice. Thesis titled: Family Incidents: Impacting Hope of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. .
  • B.A. (1989-94) Completed B.A. at the University of Alberta in Linguistics with a minor in Psychology.

Professional Designations and Affiliations

I am a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists; and Psychologists' Association of Alberta. I am a Board member with the Motherhood Institute for Research and Community Involvement (formerly the Association for Research on Mothering, York University). I am on the Ethics Committee with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I am an Alberta co-coordinator with Postpartum Support International and on the Board of Directors with the Perinatal Mood Disorders Awareness Ltd.

Research Interests

I am a strong advocate who enjoys publishing and presenting nationally and internationally on maternal mental health and wellness issues from feminist and cross-cultural perspectives. My program of research primarily focuses on examining mothering experiences. I have edited "Moms Gone Mad: Motherhood and Madness Oppression and Resistance" (2012, Demeter Press) which is a culmination of the 2009 International Conference in New York City. I have co-edited a book “East Asian Mothering: Politics and Practices” with Patti Duncan (2014, Demeter Press). I am highly involved with the Motherhood Institute for Research and Community Involvement. My next co-edited book with Dr. Fiona Green will focus on Matroreform and Motherlines. Motherlines was noted by award-winning poet, author, and Jungian analyst-- Naomi Ruth Lowinsky that our mothers are the first world we know, the source of our lives and stories, and embody the mysteries of origin that tie us to the great web of kin and generation. Motherlines acknowledge the embodied experiences and knowledge/s of mother/child relationships and the responsibilities, challenges, and labour involved in motherwork. Matroreform, is a feminist term that I developed and is a psychological, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional reformation of mothering at an intra- and interpersonal level; is a process by which mothers reproduce a new way of mothering apart from her motherline; and it represents an holistic, sociocultural revolution of motherhood at a global level. As a transformative maternal practice of claiming motherhood power, this progressive movement to mothering includes new and empowering motherhood ethos, ideologies, rules, views, and practices apart from one's motherline and apart from dominant and normative discourses of the sacrificial and good mother.

Clinical Interests

I am the mother of two daughters, a son and hold a M.Sc. in Family Ecology and Practice and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. I am a Registered Psychologist licensed within the province of Alberta and maintain a limited private and consulting practice.

I enjoy - counselling couples. I've received training in Gottman Couples' Therapy, Level I and received training in Hakomi Therapy. More specifically, I specialize in counselling adolescent girls and women. I have facilitated groups and work with issues pertaining to postpartum depression/anxiety and maternal mental health; body image, disordered eating, sexual and intimacy issues, cross-cultural issues, interrelationship issues, mother-daughter issues, fertility issues, sexual abuse, grief and bereavement; career-related issues, and coping and living with illness.

Recent Publications

Books

Wong, G. , & Green, F.J. (In Preparation). Motherlines and matroreform: Connecting and disconnecting Intergenerations of mothers across time, space, and culture. Demeter Press, Toronto, Canada.

Duncan, P., & Wong, G. (Eds.) (forthcoming, Spring 2014). East asian mothering: Politics and practices. Demeter Press, Toronto, Canada.

Wong, G. (Ed.) (Spring 2012). Moms gone mad: Motherhood and Madness Oppression and Resistence. Toronton, ON: Demeter Press.

Herizon Magazine, Fall 2013 Article about Moms Gone Mad book

Wong-Wylie, G. (2010). Counsellor know thyself: Growing ourselves, shaping our professional practice, and enhancing education through reflective practice. VDM Verlag Press, Saarbruken: Germany.

Book Chapters

Duncan, P., & Wong, G. (in review). Examining historical contexts in east Asian mothering. In. A. O’Reilly (Ed.). Mothers/Mothering Across Identities. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G. (in review). Climbing out of the cultural crevasse: Emerging an empowered chinese mother. In P. Duncan & G. Wong (Eds.). East asian mothering: Politics and practices. Toronto: ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G. (2003). Matroreform: Reforming motherhood, reforming mothering. In A. O’Reilly (Ed.). What do Mothers Need: Motherhood Activists and Scholars Speak Out on Maternal Empowerment for the 21st Century. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G. (2012). Images and echoes of mothering. In R. Jevne (Ed.). Images and Echoes in Photography.

Wong, G. (2012). Matroreform: Toward Collapsing the Mother’s Panopticon. In G. Wong (Ed.). Moms gone mad: Motherhood and madness oppression and resistance. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G., & Twomey, T (2012). Postpartum psychosis: A mother of madness. In G. Wong (Ed.). Moms gone mad: Motherhood and madness oppression and resistance. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G. & Bell, K. (2012). Reconceiving and reconceptualizing postpartum depression. In G. Wong (Ed.). Moms gone mad: Motherhood and madness oppression and resistance. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong-Wylie, G., & Russell-Mayhew, S. (2010). No “body” to blame?: Sociocultural influences on girls and women. In L. Ross (Ed.). Counselling Women: Feminist Issues, Theory and Practice, pp. 195-219. Canadian Scholars' Press/Women's Press.

Contributions to Refereed Publications

Articles and Papers

Brunke, L.A., & Wong, G. (in revision). Fostering sibling adjustment through counselling parents and siblings of children with autism. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Hagen, B., Wong-Wylie, G., & Pijl-Zieber., E. (2010). Tablets or talk? A critical review of the literature comparing antidepressants and counseling for the treatment of depression. The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 32, 102-124.

Wong-Wylie, G. (2010). Body image and mothering. Encyclopedia of Motherhood, p. 467-469, Sage Publications. Newbury Park: CA.

Wong-Wylie, G. (2010). Eating disorders and mothering. Encyclopedia of Motherhood, p. 470-472, Sage Publications. Newbury Park: CA.

Wong-Wylie, G. (2010). Matroreform and mothering. Encyclopedia of Motherhood, p. 722-725, Sage Publications. Newbury Park: CA.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., & Wong-Wylie, G. (2010). Enhancing reflective practice in multicultural counseling through cultural auditing. Journal of Counseling and Development

Pruden, J., & Wong-Wylie, G. (2009). HIV/AIDS impact on Aboriginal women’s/mother's lives: A meta-analysis review. Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research, 2, 87-99.

Schaefer, D., & Wong-Wylie, G. (2008). Psychopharmacotherapy training and Canadian  counsellors: Are we getting what we want and need? Canadian Journal of Counselling, 42, 14-26.

Conferences/Workshops

Presentations/Panels

Wong, G. (May, 2014). Panel presentation leader: Motherlines and Matroreform (including 4 speakers). To be presented at the Mothers, Mothering and Motherhood from Ancient to Contemporary Times Conference, May 22-24, 2014, Athens, Greece

Wong, G., & Saini, A. (June, 2013). Matroreform: Communicating motherhood through mothering. Presented at the MIRCI Mega-Motherhood Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Wong, G., & Saini, A. (June, 2013). Exploring matroreform in bicultural mothers. Presented at the MIRCI Mega-Motherhood Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Wong. G. (May 2013). Invited keynote speaker: Matroreform: Evolving to a “new” motherhood. Presented at the Museum of Motherhood conference, A “new” motherhood: Evolving policies, practices, and families, New York, USA.

Wong, G. (May, 2012). Invited guest: Matroreform: Empowering mothers and reforming motherhood. Presented at the SSHRC funded MIRCI forum: What do mother’s need? Motherhood scholars and activists speak out on maternal empowerment for the 21st century. Toronto, Ontario.

Wong, G. (2012, February). Wēijī: East Asian mothering. Presented at the international conference of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement: Mothers and Mothering in a Global Context, Barbados.

Fewster, C., Nuttgens, S., & Wong, G. (2012, May). Stories of mothering identity formation in later age. Presented at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association conference: Reflecting on Self and Practice. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Jevne, R., Wong, G., Larsen, D., & Moore, S. (2012, May). Images and echoes: Blending writing and photography. Presented at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association conference: Reflecting on Self and Practice. Calgary, Alberta.

Wong, G. (2012, May). Chinese Canadian mothering: Bicultural issues and tensions. Presented at the international conference of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement: Mothers and History: History of Motherhood Conference, Toronto, Ontario

Wong, G. (2012, May). Reforming and empowering mothers. Keynote speaker at the Empowering Mothers/Maternal Empowerment Public Forum with the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement: “What do Mothers Need? Empowering Mothers/Maternal Empowerment, Toronto, Ontario.

Wong, G. (2011, May). Empowering young mothers against eating disorders. Paper presented at the conference of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement Conference: Empowering Young Mothers Forum, Toronto, Ontario.

Wong-Wylie, G. (May, 2010). Opening Address: Mother unchained. The Museum of Motherhood and Motherhood Foundation Inc.,International Conference: Amplifying the Voices of Mothers, May 20-22, 2010, New York, USA.

Pruden, J. & Wong-Wylie, G. (May, 2010). Spiraling out of darkness: ‘Mothering’ and a Metis woman’s sojourn with HIV/AIDS. The Museum of Motherhood and Motherhood Foundation Inc., International Annual Conference: Amplifying the Voices of Mothers, May 20-22, 2010, New York City, USA.

Wong-Wylie, G. (May, 2009). Matroreform: Shoring up a threadbare motherline. Association for Research on Mothering International Conference. Mothers Gone Mad: Motherhood and Madness Oppression and Resistance, May 28-31, New York City, USA.

Wong-Wylie, G. Workshop Facilitator (Oct, 2007). Understanding Maternal Depression, Attachment, and Sociocultural Influences. Hosted by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Attachment Network, October 4, 5th, Winnipeg, Canada.

Wong-Wylie, G. (Oct, 2007). Keynote Address: Three Dimensions of Maternal Depression. Research paper presented at the Association for Research on Mothering’s 11th Annual Conference: Maternal Health and Well-Being, October 19-21, 2007, Toronto, Canada.

Walls, L., & Wong-Wylie, G. (October, 2007). The social construction of motherhood: Implications and interventions. Research paper presented at the Association for Research on Mothering’s 11th Annual Conference: Maternal Health and Well-Being, October 19-21, 2007, Toronto, Canada.

Vaillancourt, C., & Wong-Wylie, G. (October, 2007). Disordered eating and pregnancy: Counselling treatment recommendations. Research paper presented at the Association for Research on Mothering’s 11th Annual Conference: Maternal Health and Well-Being, October 19-21, 2007, Toronto, Canada. 

Funding Support

  • SSHRC, Public Dissemination Grant, 2011.

Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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