Canadian Home Economics Association (CHEA) Fellowship 2020-2021


Value: $6,000

The fellowship is open to candidates enrolled in studies in Human Ecology including Family and Consumer Sciences, at the masters or doctoral level. The applicant must be accepted or enrolled in a post-graduate program in Canada at the time of application.

The evolving studies in Human Ecology include: human nutrition, food science, housing/shelter and aesthetics, architecture, financial resource management, clothing and textiles, family relations, human sexuality, and human development.

2020-2021 Winner:

Jessica Furtado

  • Jessica FurtadoBachelor of Applied Science, 2014, University of Guelph
  • M.S.W., 2016, University of Toronto
  • Ph.D., Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, 2018-2021, University of Guelph

Jessica’s dissertation project builds on her Master’s of Social Work thesis in which she explored how children interpret hospitalization as potentially traumatic and/or resilience-building. In moving forward, Jessica intends to extend these understandings to include how children and their families experience medical challenges and how they can together build relational resilience and well-being.

She brings a clinical application perspective to both her research and her practice as a Child Therapist, with the intention of extending these findings into care models provided to children and families.