Jean Elizabeth Wallace


Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-6515


Office: Social Sciences914


Educational Background

B.A. Sociology, University of Calgary, 1985

Doctor of Philosophy Sociology, University of Iowa, 1992

M.A. Sociology, University of Calgary, 1987



Areas of Research

Mental Health and Wellness; Stress and Coping; The Work-Family Interface; The Human-Animal Bond; Health Care Workers and Health Care Organizations; Chronic Pain and Coping

Jean has extensively studied the professional work attitudes and experiences of lawyers and physicians, with a recent shift to veterinarians and animal health technologists. Her research interests include: mental health and wellness; work-life balance and the work-family interface; job stress and coping strategies; mentoring and professional relationships; coworker and spousal support; and how statuses such as gender, generation and parenthood are relevant. She uses mixed methods in her research where she has relied on a combination of direct observations, interviews and surveys.

She has recently entered a new field of study lead with her colleague Dr. Eloise Carr (Nursing) and others. Together they are examining the benefits of dog ownership for people suffering from chronic pain. A key benefit of dog ownership is linked to the social support and ties to others that are helpful in coping with chronic pain and that relate to one's mental health.

She is also working with colleagues in veterinary medicine (Drs. Susan Kutz, Cindy Adams and Tessa Baker) who are exploring how to improve access to and acceptance of veterinary care for communities in need by understanding and enhancing the mental health of veterinary service providers.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • Graduate Administrative Support Award, 2014
  • University of Calgary Killam Resident Fellowship, 2008
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Research Award, 2007