Dr. Rachel Herron is a health geographer with a passion for community-based qualitative research. Rachel’s interest in rural health and well-being stems from her experience growing up on a farm in Midwestern Ontario. Her academic path took her to Trent University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and English literature and Master of Arts in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies. She obtained her Doctorate in Geography and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University.
Rachel’s research focuses on how we create more supportive environments for people with dementia, and mental health more broadly, in rural and small town Canada. She is currently working on several projects examining the the complex demands of caring for people with dementia who exhibit reactive behaviours (e.g., hitting, spitting, kicking and screaming) across a range of care settings including a SSHRC-funded study with Dr. Laura Funk (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Dale Spencer (Carleton University). Her broader research interests include rural mental health and aging, care and caregiving, the ethics of doing research with vulnerable populations, and gender and women’s health. Her research contributes to the fields of rural health and social care, social gerontology, gender and women’s studies, and the geographies of voluntarism.
Refereed Journal Articles
Herron, R.V., & Rosenberg, M.W. (2017) “Not there yet:” Examining community support from the perspective of people with dementia and their partners in care. Social Science & Medicine, 173, 81-87.
Herron, R.V., Rosenberg, M.W., & Skinner, M.W. (2016) The dynamics of voluntarism in rural dementia care. Health & Place, 41: 31-41.
Skinner, M. W., Joseph, A. E., & Herron, R. V. (2016). Voluntarism, defensive localism and spaces of resistance to health care restructuring. Geoforum, 72, 67-75.
Herron, R. V., & Skinner, M. W. (2013). Using care ethics to enhance qualitative research on rural aging and care. Qualitative health research, 23(12), 1697-1707.
Skinner, M. W., Joseph, A. E., & Herron, R. V. (2013). Spaces of resistance or acquiescence? Learning from media discourses on the role of voluntarism in ageing communities. Environment and Planning A, 45(2), 438-450.
Herron, R.V. & Skinner, M.W. (2012). The emotional overlay: Negotiating aging and care in the countryside, Social Science & Medicine, 91, 186-193.
Herron, R.V. & Skinner M.W. (2012). Farmwomen’s emotional geographies of care, Gender, Place and Culture, 19(2), 232-248.
Herron, R.V. & Waldrook, N. (2016) Emerging issues in Aging Resource Communities in M. Skinner and N. Hanlon Eds. Growing Old in Resource Communities: New Frontiers of Rural Ageing. Routledge.
Herron, R.V. & Rosenberg, M.W. (2016) Aging, Gender and “Triple Jeopardy” through the Life Course in M. Giesbrecht and V. Crooks Eds. Place, Health, and Diversity: Learning from the Canadian Experience. Ashgate.
Meghan Wrathall, M.A. in Rural Development (in progress) https://people.brandonu.ca/herronr/?page_id=39&preview=true
If you are interested in undertaking undergraduate or graduate research in health, social, or rural geography with me, please send me an email with a brief statement of your research interests.