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Episode #5: Feminist First

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Jaclyn Siegel

Jaclyn A. Siegel, M.S. Psychology, joins us to discuss her research on gender, bodies and social justice, how her personal mental health journey has influenced her work, learning to balance the demands of academia with her values and relationships, and so much more!


Jaclyn Siegel is a doctoral fellow in the Network for Economic and Social Trends at Western University, where she is a PhD candidate in social psychology. Her research explores a variety of topics related to gender roles, sexual objectification, eating disorders, body image, stigma, and collective action. Jaclyn is also a science communicator, and she hosts a podcast for which she interviews feminist scholars about their gender-related research. Through her research, advocacy, and activism, she is committed to making the world a better, safer place for women.



  • Jaclyn’s research and her journey to discovering her preferred methodological framework

  • The divide between qualitative and quantitative research, and how to combine them.

  • How being open about her eating disorder recovery and mental health more broadly has impacted her research.

  • The importance of sharing her story as an advocate and to help reduce stigma

  • Differences Jaclyn has noticed between sharing her experience of eating disorder recovery on social media versus to an academic papers

  • How she strives to maintain self-care and boundaries with the emotional weight of her work

  • Processing her research and experiences through journaling, dance and art; the importance of reflexivity in research

  • Jaclyn’s work involvement and how it has affected her life outside of academia

  • The sacrifices demanded by the academy and profession, and Jaclyn’s shift towards understanding the need to establish balance and make space for herself and relationships

  • Learning what to prioritize: thinking ‘feminist first’ and big picture, but also learning how to say no

  • Sage wisdom and advice



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  • Check out her website for more information about Jaclyn’s research, great resources, Jaclyn’s blog and to learn more about The Feminist Academic Podcast.

  • Grounded Theory Methodology: this research methodology sets out to discover or construct theory from data, systematically obtained and analysed using comparative analysis. Grounded theory involves the application of inductive reasoning. The methodology contrasts with the hypothetico-deductive model used in traditional scientific research.

  • Qualitative research involves collecting and analyzing non-numerical data (e.g., text, video, or audio) to understand concepts, opinions, or experiences. It can be used to gather in-depth insights into a problem or generate new ideas for research

  • Quantitative research is the process of collecting and analyzing numerical data. It can be used to find patterns and averages, make predictions, test causal relationships, and generalize results to wider populations.

  • Epistemological: relating to the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.

  • Psychometric: related to the theory and technique of psychological measurement.

  • Reflexivity generally refers to the examination of one’s own beliefs, judgments and practices during the research process and how these may have influenced the research. If positionality refers to what we know and believe then reflexivity is about what we do with this knowledge. Reflexivity involves questioning one’s own taken for granted assumptions.


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