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Alexis Fabricius

Alexis Fabricius is a PhD student in the Applied Social Psychology program at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Kieran O'Doherty. Her research largely focuses on women’s health and draws on critical and feminist psychologies and uses qualitative methods. Her MA thesis offered a critical and historical reading of the development of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), though it also explored women’s experiences of living with the syndrome by interrogating how diagnosed women characterize their PCOS bodies. These characterizations then translate into particular social and material practices for managing PCOS symptoms that shape women’s lives in profound and often distressing ways. For her doctoral research, Alexis is turning her attention to the role of digital health technologies in shaping women’s perceptions of their health and their bodies, especially when that technology is purposefully created for female users (e.g. FemTech). Aside from her research interests, Alexis is active in promoting critical feminist approaches to science; for example, she is currently a member of Psychology of Women Quarterly's Student Advisory Board, and she is the co-founder of the Institute of Gender & Health (IGH-CIHR) Trainee Network's Guelph chapter.