Jacy Young is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Surrey in the UK, where she works with social psychologist and historian of psychology Peter Hegarty. She completed a doctorate in the History and Theory of Psychology at York University in 2014.
Her research interests are largely in the area of late-nineteenth and twentieth century American psychology, especially research methods. In her doctoral work she explored early questionnaire research in American psychology, tracing the shift from the accumulation of descriptive accounts of human experience to that of numerical data. Her postdoctoral project, “The Nature of Social Relations: Mid-Century Psychologists and Work Toward World Peace,” examines a variety of small group research endeavours conducted in North America and the United Kingdom from the mid-twentieth century on.
She is also actively involved with the Digital History of Psychology Laboratory (PsyBorgs) led by Christopher Green and Michael Pettit, as well as Psychology’s Feminist Voices, a Multimedia Internet Archive directed by Alexandra Rutherford.