Felice Yuen, PhD
Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences
Felice Yuen’s research focuses on leisure and its impact on the quality of life of individuals and the communities in which they live. More specifically, she is interested in leisure as a context for community development and civic engagement for marginalized populations. Recent research projects include studies exploring the experience of youth in a gang prevention program using hip hop as medium of data collection, examining the healing process of Aboriginal women through body mapping (a form of visual arts), and exploring Aboriginal youth health leadership through creative play workshops. Her research has been done in collaboration with community-based organizations such as Minwaashin Lodge (a women’s Aboriginal support centre), Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre, Community Justice Initiatives, and the Ontario Lung Association.
During her PhD at the University of Waterloo, she was heavily involved in a study that examined the reintegration needs of incarcerated women. For more information on this project, please go to http://www.ahs.uwaterloo.ca/uncertainfutures/. Felice has presented at national and international conferences and was a recipient of a Canada Graduate Scholarship Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
PhD Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo
M.A. Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo
B.A. Recreation Administration, University of Alberta
AHSC 285 Social Psychology of Leisure
AHSC 431 Leisure Sciences Seminar
AHSC 443 Community Development I
Yuen, F. (forthcoming). “I've never been so free in all my life”: Healing through Aboriginal ceremonies in prison. Leisure/Loisir.
Yuen, F. (forthcoming). Embracing Emotionality: Clothing my “Naked Truths”. Critical Criminology.
Fortune, D., Thompson, J., Pedlar, A., & Yuen, F.C. (2010). Social justice: Women in prison and beyond. Contemporary Justice Review, 13(1), 19-33.
Yuen, F. (2009). Kicking and Screaming. International Review of Qualitative Research, 2(4), 429-432.
Yuen F., & Pedlar, A. (2009). Leisure as a context for Justice: Aboriginal Women in Prison and their Experiences in Ceremony. Journal of Leisure Research, 41(4), 545-562.
Pedlar, A., Yuen, F., & Fortune, D. (2008). Incarcerated women and leisure: Making of good girls out of bad? Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 42(1), 24-36.
Recent conference presentations/publications
Johnson, A., & Yuen, F. (2010, October). Leisure Spaces as Third Places: “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.” National Recreation and Park Association Leisure Research Symposium, October 2010.
Yuen F. (2010, June). Variation on a Space Divided: At-Risk Youth and their Community Centre. Growing up in Divided Societies, June 2010, Belfast, Ireland.
Yuen, F., & Pathammavong, R. (2009, October). YATI, a context for youth to be leaders of today. National Recreation and Park Association Leisure Research Symposium, October 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Yuen, F. (2009, April). Selected extended presentation: Aboriginal federally sentenced women’s experiences of leisure: A context for emotional labour. Ontario Research Council on Leisure Symposium on Leisure, Space, and Change, May, 2009, Ottawa, Ontario.
Yuen, F., & Pedlar, A. (2008, May). Healing journeys through leisure: Aboriginal federally incarcerated women’s healing experiences through ceremony. Submitted to Diversity in Leisure, The 12th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research Conference, May 2008, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.
Arai, S., Yuen, F., Fortune, D., & Pedlar, A. (2008, May). Community dislocation and reconnection through leisure: Women in prison and their prospects for reintegration. Submitted to Diversity in Leisure, The 12th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research Conference, May 2008, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.