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Alexis Fabricius

Alexis Fabricius (she/her) is a PhD student in the Applied Social Psychology program at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Kieran O'Doherty. Her research principally focuses on two streams that sometimes intersect: psychology of digital tech and AI and women’s reproductive health. With respect to the former, Alexis is interested in topics like how data and algorithms are shaping our subjectivities, digital privacy and surveillance, the ethico-onto-epistemological implications of digital data, and the entanglements between Psychology and Big Data. With respect to the latter, she pursues topics like the history of 'normal' menstruation and the historical ontology of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Alexis uses qualitative methods and research-creation in her work, and draws insights from a range of disciplines and theoretical lenses (e.g., critical and theoretical psychologies, feminist theories, STS, critical data studies, philosophy and history of science, new materialisms, posthumanism). In her dissertation, Alexis is exploring (1) how users of menstrual self-tracking apps understand and characterize their relationship with their personal data, and (2) the implied ontologies of ‘data’ in women’s talk. Recently, the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) awarded her the prestigious Sigmund Koch Award for her presentation entitled "Contesting the colonial logics of Big Data-psychology" and the History and Philosophy of Psychology section of the CPA awarded her the Mary J. Wright Award for her presentation entitled, "Posthuman data subjects: Reconsidering data sharing in menstrual self-tracking apps."