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Felice Yuen, PhD

Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences

Felice Yuen, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2267

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 individual and community healing. Recent research projects include an SSHRC funded partnership development grant, which explores the healing and rehabilitation of Indigenous women in provincial prison. Her research, predominantly arts-based and community-based, has been done in collaboration with community-based organizations such as la Société de Elizabeth Fry du Québec (an organization supporting women who have experience with the criminal justice system) and Li-ber-T House (a women’s transition house).

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   


PhD Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo
M.A. Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo
B.A. Recreation Administration, University of Alberta

Teaching activities


AHSC 385 Social Psychology of Leisure
AHSC 431 Leisure Sciences Seminar
AHSC 442 Community Development and Leisure
AHSC 443

Community Development I


Recent Publications

Gallant, K., & Yuen, F. (2021). Unravelling the research process: Humanizing leisure scholars. Leisure Sciences: The messiness of leisure research, 43(3-4), 347-351.

Yuen, F. (2021). “If we’re lost, weare lost together”: Leisure and   relationality.Leisure Sciences: Special issue onLeisure in the time of coronavirus,43(1-2), 90-96.

Yuen, F., Ranahan, P., Linds, W.,& Goulet, L. (2021). Leisure, cultural continuity, and life promotion. Annals of Leisure Research, 24(1),92-113.

Yuen, F., & Fortune, D. (2020).Leisure, Art, and Advocacy: Opportunities for Conscientizaçao, ContentiousDialogue, and Social Justice. Leisure Sciences, 42 (5-6), 570-588.

Ranahan, P., Yuen, F., & Linds, W.,Goulet, L., & Schmidt, K. (2017). Suicide prevention education:Indigenous youths’ perspectives on wellness. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, (2)1, 15-28.

Sjollema, S., & Yuen, F.(2017). Evocative words and ethical crafting: Poetic representation in leisureresearch. Leisure Sciences, 39(2),109-125

Participation activities

Recent conference presentations

Weisgarber, B., & Yuen, F. (2021, May 30-June 1). Exploring the impact of culturallymeaningful healing programs for Indigenous women in Quebec’s provincialprisons, Canadian Congress on LeisureResearch 2021, Virtual Conference.

Yuen, F., Henhawk, D, Fernandez, M., Lopez, K., Nijar,J. (2021, May 30-June 1). Still Teetering on "The Edge of a Moment":Engaging Struggle to Rethink Leisure Scholarship, Canadian Congress on Leisure Research 2021, Virtual Conference.

Yuen, F. (2019, June 19-21). Wakingup the Drum: Arts-based opportunities for collaboration with Indigenouscommunities and organizations. Canadian Therapeutic Recreation AssociationConference, Quebec City, Quebec.

Ranahan, P., Yuen, F., & Linds, W. (2019,April 25-27). Journeying toward an imagined future: Indigenous youths’perspectives on wellness. Child &Youth Care in Action VI: Moving Through Trials and Trials Toward CommunityWellness Conference, Victoria, Canada.

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