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Associate Professor , CFT
Macdonald Hall Annex, Room 248
Description of Research interests
My program of research focuses in two areas: (i) people’s interactions and meaning-making in family relationships; and (ii) the connections and potential gaps between various community services and supports for families. I conduct qualitative research, primarily using Grounded Theory or Narrative Analysis and have also been engaged in Participatory Action Research.
I have examined parent-adolescent relationships in immigrant and non-immigrant families. I have demonstrated the ways in which these family members use time together and apart to adapt and change their relationships to account for new life stages. I have also interviewed immigrant parents and teens about the stories they tell each other, and how these contribute to their relationships.
With regard to service-providing systems, I am currently interested in understanding how best to provide culturally integrative services for newcomer families from collectivist communities who may be at risk of family violence. My colleague, Dr. Mohammed Baobaid (London, ON) and I have proposed a model for cultural brokerage of formal and informal services for such families and we continue to investigate its application. I am also exploring, with my colleague Dr. Denise Whitehead (Waterloo, ON), the strengths and challenges of family-court-associated mediation services in Ontario. In each instance, I am interested in determining best practices at the level of community systems for supporting and ensuring the safety of families.
I am interested more generally in the social construction of meaning in interaction with others: as this is applied to therapy interactions as well as supervisor/intern interactions, and in families.
PhD Family Relations & Human Development, University of Guelph, 2008
MSc Couple & Family Therapy, University of Guelph, 1993
Baobaid, M. & Ashbourne, Lynda M. (2016). Family Violence Interventions with Muslim Communities: Culturally Integrative Family Safety Response. New York: Routledge.
Ashbourne, Lynda M., *Fife, K., *Ridley, M., & *Gaylor, E. (2016). Supporting the Development of Novice Therapists. In Sally St. George and Dan Wulff (Eds.), Family Therapy as Socially Transformative Practice: Practical Strategies (pp. 125). New York: Springer.
*de Leon, K., Ashbourne, Lynda M., & *Robson, J. (2016). The effects of neighbourhood, community, and social networks on marginalized youths' well-being: An arts-based approach. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth. https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/cjfy/article/view/27142
Ashbourne, Lynda M. & Baobaid, M. (2014). Parent-adolescent storytelling in Canadian-Arabic immigrant families (Part 1): A grounded theory. Qualitative Report. http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol19/iss30/1/
Ashbourne, Lynda M. & Baobaid, M. (2014). Parent-adolescent storytelling in Canadian-Arabic immigrant families (Part 2): A narrative analysis. Qualitative Report. http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol19/iss30/2/
*denotes student author
Community Engaged Activities
I work closely with the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario. I have collaborated with them on research projects and consulted regarding programming and research planning since 2008.
I am a Registered Couple and Family Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario. I have worked in community mental health since 1993 in various Ontario communities, and continue to maintain a small private practice, primarily pro bono (free) therapy for clients who fall between the ‘gaps’ in community-based services.
I have been actively engaged in my provincial, national, and international professional associations since the mid-1990’s. I am currently a member of the Taos Institute Associates' Council – enhancing opportunities for exploring with international colleagues various applications of social constructionist ideas to practice and theory.
I have collaborated with Dr. Mohammed Baobaid and his colleagues at MRCSSI in London, ON on several projects with immigrant and refugee families since 2008. We have recently been working with Dr. Abdallah Badahdah at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), Qatar, exploring the impact of migration from conflict zones on the family relationships of Arab refugees now in Canada. In this work, we also collaborate with Dr. Dora Tam, University of Calgary.
I have been involved in a CIHR Team Grant: Gender, Violence, and Health (PI: Helene Berman, Western University and a larger team of researchers), conducting participatory action research with marginalized youth.
I also collaborate with Dr. Denise Whitehead (St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo) in the area of examining services for separating and divorced families.
In the area of family therapy, I have collaborated with Dr. Olga Sutherland (University of Guelph), Dr. Marshall Fine (Wilfred Laurier University), Drs. Sally St. George and Dan Wulff (University of Calgary).
(2017) Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Ontario: Court-based Mediation Service in Ontario: An Evaluation of Participation, Success, and Best Practices
(2016-2017) Doha International Family Insititute, Qatar
(2011-2016) CIHR Team Grant: Gender Violence and Health – Voices Against Violence
(2011-2012) SSHRC Standard Research Grant – Intergenerational Storytelling in Immigrant Families
Review of court-based mediation services in Ontario
Influence of pre- and post-migration stressors on spousal and family relationships among Arab refugee families in Canada
Assessing application of Culturally Integrative Family Safety Response (CIFSR) with Syrian refugee families in London, ON
Potential future projects
Continuing work assessing application of CIFSR model in various contexts
Exploring the experience of separating and divorcing families who access mediation services
Communities of Practice: Effective ways of facilitating connection across disciplines and service sectors
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For Fall 2018 Entry - If you are interested in applying to the CFT MSc Program, please note that Dr. Ashbourne is unable to discuss potential thesis research projects prior to the completion of the applicant selection process in February, 2018. However, she is very interested in serving as an academic advisor for MSc.CFT or PhD.FRHD thesis research utilizing qualitative methodologies, related to her own work and to family/intimate relationships more generally, as well as research focused on specific aspects of therapy process. Contact Dr. Ashbourne directly if you are interested in PhD studies.