Jacy L. Young is a critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology. She received her PhD from the History and Theory of Psychology (now the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology) programme at York University and is a Continuing Faculty Member at Quest University Canada. She previously held a two-year position as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Surrey. Young serves as the Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary for the Forum for the History of the Human Sciences (an interest group of the History of Science Society) and is the official Historian of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Her work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
Young’s research interrogates the methods, practices, and assumptions that shape knowledge production in psychology, as well as their attendant consequences. In doing so, her work explores a diverse range of topics, including sexual harassment, questionnaires, intelligence testing, mindfulness, child study, big data, pedagogy, and evolutionary ideas.
Born and raised in Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba), she currently resides in the traditional, ancestral, & unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) people.