Category: Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of British Columbia I received my Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology in April 1992. My dissertation was entitled “Premenstrual Syndrome in Context.” My Ph.D. work was completed under the supervision of Dr. Tannis MacBeth. During my PhD program,


Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I was nominated for the 2021 Teaching Excellence award after my first term of teaching at KPU. Justice Institute of British Columbia Instructional Excellence award, 2016 “… for superior instructional ability and commitment to excellence, exemplifying JIBC

Clinical Training

Ear acupuncture training   2009 In June, 2009 I trained in the use of NADA acupuncture from the National Acupuncture for Detoxification Association, and the Shen Protocol taught by Dr. W. Walker, TCM. Both protocols are useful in treating trauma

Teaching and Research Experience

Work Experience Feb 2023 to present. Facilitator, Decolonization Wellspring. Decolonize First workshop series for B.C. Interior Health: Aboriginal Cultural Safety & Humility department. I am teaching two cohorts. Feb 2023 to March 2023. Instructor (in Collaboration with Chelsea Bell Eady),

Publications and blog posts

Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. & Levine, A. (2022) FLO Tech Tool Tip: SPLOTS: like watching the cooking channel – yummy and educational! Link: Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. (2019). Using Visual Narratives (Comics) to Increase Literacy and Highlight Stories of Social Justice: Awakening to

Manuscripts in Process

Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. & Bell Eady, C. (manuscript in progress). The Making of a Comic Book Villain: The DEI alchemy that sparks when Digital Design collaborates with Psychology. Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. (manuscript in progress). Life Outside the Box Educators’ Manual:

Institutional Service to the JIBC

Visually translating the Reclaiming Power and Place: The National Inquiry’s Final Report Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Chapter 2. Justice Institute of British Columbia, March 4, 2020.

Facilitated Workshops

(*=Invited workshop) *Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. & Levine, A. (2022). SPLOT-a-polooza: Explore using SPLOTs to share learning objects, deepen understanding, and build learning community. BC Campus FLO workshop, July 27, 2022. Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. (2022). Celebration of Learning: A creative, UDL-friendly

Conference Presentations

(*=Invited presentation) (Qx = Paper acceptance pending and then cancelled due to COVID quarantine) Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. (2023). The Psychology of making one change “Get cape, wear cape, Fly.” hero’s journey and Make One change with W.O.O.P. Keynote address for

Grants awarded

Life Outside the Box crime prevention program         $100,000 Teachers and school liaison officers will empower middle-grade children in high-crime neighbourhoods to “think outside the box”: Creating comics, sharing stories, believing in a better future. The Life


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