Abbotsford campus, B370
Phone: 604-504-7441, ext. 5518email Donna
PhD, Historical, Quantitative, & Theoretical Psychology, SFU
MA, Developmental Psychology, SFU
PSYC 110: Applied Statistical Analysis in Psychology
PSYC 301: Intermediate Research Methods & Data Analysis in Psychology
PSYC 306: Psychological Assessment (Measurement)
PSYC 408: History of Psychology
PSYC 491X: Qualitative Methods in Psychology
Donna’s primary area of research examines the relationship between methodology, epistemology, and language. This involves the critical analysis of methodological, statistical, and psychometric concepts, their historical and current uses in psychological inquiry, and the philosophical assumptions underlying those uses. She has written on various methodological topics including measurement (quantification), null hypothesis testing, statistical error, meta-analysis, conceptual analysis, and the role of qualitative research in psychology. She is particularly interested in questions pertaining to the foundations of psychology (as a subject and as a discipline) and the history and philosophy of science.
Donna also has a background in linguistic and epistemological development. During her MA, she completed several empirical projects examining the development of language and knowledge understanding in infants and children. She also conducted several critical analyses of concepts typically employed in the developmental literature (e.g., morality, expectation, surprise, understanding, knowing, believing).
Slaney, K. L. & Tafreshi, D. (in press). Scientific generalization in psychological inquiry: A concept in need of clarification. Qualitative Psychology.
Tafreshi, D. (2020). On the interpretative nature of quantitative methods and psychology’s resistance to qualitative methods. In J. T. Lamiell & K. L. Slaney (Eds.). Problematic research practices and inertia in scientific psychology: History, sources, and recommended solutions. Routledge.
Slaney, K. L., Tafreshi, D., & Wu, C. A. (2019). Philosophical reflexivity in psychological science: Do we have it? Does it matter? In Psychological studies of science and technology. K. O’Doherty, L. Osbeck, J. Yen, & E. Schraube (Eds.). Palgrave.
Tafreshi, D., Khalil, N., & Racine, T. P. (2018). A qualitative person-oriented inquiry into women's perspectives on knowledge and knowing. Human Development, 61(6), 337-362.
Slaney, K. L., Tafreshi, D., & Hohn, R. (2018). Random or fixed? An empirical examination of meta-analysis model choices. Review of General Psychology, 22(3), 290-304.
Slaney, K. L. & Tafreshi, D. (2018). Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed? Should philosophy guide method choice? In B. Schiff (Ed.), Situating qualitative methods in psychological science. New York: Routledge.
Tafreshi, D., Slaney, K. L., & Neufeld, S. D. (2016). Quantification in psychology: Critical analysis of an unreflective practice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 36,(4), 233-249.
Tafreshi, D. & Racine, T. P. (2016). Children's interpretive theory of mind: The role of mothers' personal epistemologies and mother-child talk about interpretation. Cognitive Development, 39, 57-70.
Tafreshi, D. & Racine, T. P. (2015). Conceptualizing personal epistemology as beliefs about knowledge and knowing: A grammatical investigation. Theory and Psychology, 25(6), 735-752.
Tafreshi, D., Thompson, J. J., & Racine, T. P. (2014). An analysis of the conceptual foundations of the infant preferential looking paradigm. Human Development, 57(4), 222-240.
For a complete list of publications, visit Donna's Google Scholar page.