My name is Grace Ewles, I am a researcher and a proud member of a first responder family. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Peter Hausdorf. For my dissertation, I focused on trauma exposure and the role of personal support networks (e.g., spouse/partner) in helping first responders adjust.
My research interests have largely been driven by my family background. Throughout my childhood, I saw the impact of this work on my father and the role my mother played as a primary source of support for him. I began this research as a way to help support first responders and their families across Canada.
As a researcher, my primary focus is on occupational health and improving the well-being of employees across industries. As someone who values both research and practice, my goal is to conduct research that informs the design of programs and policies to enhance the well-being of employees and their families.
This website was created based on my conversations with spouses and first responders to help address some of the challenges faced by first responder families. This website is dedicated to sharing research findings and available resources, and to providing first responder families with an opportunity to connect and support one another.