Jan DeFehr, MSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, R3B 2E9
Manitoba, Canada

Phone: 204-960-3048
Email: jn.defehr@uwinnipeg.ca

Jan DeFehr MSW, PhD, (she/her) lives and works on Treaty 1 Land in the heart of the Métis Nation as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Formerly a community health social worker/counsellor for twenty years, Jan holds an MSW from the University of Manitoba and PhD in social and behavioural sciences from the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. Her teaching and research draws on social construction premises and focuses on dialogic, non-pathologizing, anti-oppressive, and decolonizing approaches to qualitative research and human service delivery.

Jan’s research program prioritizes collaborative community-based social inquiry intended to build public access to critical mental health knowledge—the body of relevant scholarship that is omitted from mental health promotion curricula and campaigns.

Jan recently joined co-authors Cynthia Loreto Sosa Infante and Christian Israel Lizama Valladares to write Dialogic Social Inquiry: Qualitative Research Without a Methodological Map (2021). https://www.taosinstitute.net/product/dialogic-social-inquiry-qualitative-research-without-a-methodological-map

Additional selected publications:

DeFehr, J. N. (forthcoming). In H. Anderson & D. Gehart (Eds.), From mechanized systems to living ecologies: Way-finding in collaborative-dialogic research. Collaborative-dialogic practices across contexts, cultures, and disciplines. Routledge.

DeFehr, J. N. (2020). Mental disorder diagnosis as colonial place-naming: Contesting the practices of implied consent. In J. E. Charlton, H. J. Michell, & S. L. Acoose (Eds.), Decolonizing mental health: Embracing Indigenous multi-dimensional balance (pp. 309-324).JCharlton Publishing.https://www.jcharltonpublishing.com/product/decolonizing-mental-health-embracing-indigenous-multi-dimensional-balance/

DeFehr, J. N. (2020). “Voluntarily, knowingly, and intelligently”: Protecting informed consent in school-based mental health referrals. Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research & Practice, (29)1, 6-23. https://journals.library.brocku.ca/brocked/index.php/home/article/view/786

DeFehr, J. N. (2019, Dec. 5). Protecting Informed Consent in School-Based Mental Health Referrals. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRAhCn_WodM [Video file]. YouTube. & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av1PQ9_z-1c (invited accompanying video for Brock Education Meet the Author Interview Series)

DeFehr, J. (2018). Dialogic social inquiry: Attunement, responsivity, and answerability. International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practices, 8(1), 27-43. https://ijcp.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/correct-copy-2018-05-31-defehr-dialogic-social-inquiry-english-final-format2-1.pdf

DeFehr, J. (2018). Indagacion Social Dialogica: Sinonizacion, Responsividad, y Responsabilidad. International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practices, 8(1), 27-43. (Spanish translation of above article). https://ijcp.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/corrected-6-defehr-indagacic3b3n-social-dialc3b3gica-1.pdf

DeFehr, J. (2017). Navigating psychiatric truth claims in collaborative practice: A proposal for radical critical mental health awareness. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 36(3), 27-38. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321737148_Navigating_Psychiatric_Truth_Claims_in_Collaborative_Practice_A_Proposal_for_Radical_Critical_Mental_Health_Awareness

DeFehr, J. N. (2016). Inventing Mental Health First Aid: The problem of psychocentrism. Studies in Social Justice, 10(1), 18-35. https://journals.library.brocku.ca/index.php/SSJ/article/view/1326

Jan DeFehr, Ph.D.

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