IPA Workgroup

The MQHRG Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) Workgroup is a monthly discussion group that aims to unite faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers interested in the Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis approach (Smith et al, 2009).

The IPA Workgroup has two over-arching goals:
1. To foster a learning environment for the discussion, critique and appraisal of published IPA works;
2. To facilitate informal peer support for members’ applied IPA works.

Desired outcomes:
• Increased knowledge regarding the current state of research using the IPA approach;
• Increased knowledge regarding the application of IPA, its strengths, limitations, and debates in the field;
• Creation of a database of resources (e.g., academic work, art, PodCasts, poems);
• Creation of a network of peers – local, national, international – to discuss experiences with IPA, share knowledge and resources.

Member responsibility:
• Regular attendance;
• On rotation, select two suggested readings (one theoretical/methodological and one empirical) and moderate discussion group.

Contact Co Chairs:
Aline Bogossian, MSW, PhD(c) and Denise Brend, MSW, PhD(c)
School of Social Work
McGill University, Wilson Hall
3506 University, Suite 106-D
Montreal, QC H3A 2A7

Email:  aline.bogossian [at] mail.mcgill.ca
         dense.brend [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )denise.brend [at] mail.mcgill.ca

Smith, J. A., Flowers, P., & Larkin, M. (2009). Interpretative phenomenological analysis: Theory, method and research. SAGE.

Please check http://www.ipa.bbk.ac.uk/node/17 for details of the IPA Research Group (IPARG)  founded by Dr. Smith. The local contacts for this group are Denise Brend and Aline Bogossian.

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