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Retirement Notes

Professor Janette Pelletier

Congratulations and warm wishes to Professor Janette Pelletier who retired from the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development on June 30, 2020. We got an inside look into Professor Pelletier's 'life after retirement' in this short interview.

Professor Jan Pelletier on her fiddle
Professor Janette Pelletier on her fiddle.

How long have you been a part of OISE/APHD?

I completed my PhD in Applied Psychology in 1994 and started my tenure-stream position in 1999 after a school board psych job then some postdoctoral research and teaching so a total of 21 years.

What you have been upto since retiring?

Well, I immediately started teaching my grad course…I retired on June 30 and began my summer teaching in July!  I have also been writing – in July I finished a book chapter, co-authored two journal papers with a team from our longitudinal study, and wrote a small “expert” section for a colleague’s book.  Apart from that I have been caring for my 91-year old mother at our cottage up north during the pandemic, and taking fiddle lessons on Zoom. I play tennis most days and enjoy some time floating around in the lake.


What is the one thing(s) that you are looking forward to during retirement? 

I would like to spend time with family and friends, read more books (not journal articles, not student papers), improve my tennis and golf games, and become a decent fiddler.

What are your plans for retirement? 

My research study has involved collecting and analyzing thousands of children’s drawings about school as they move from Junior Kindergarten up to Grade 6. As soon as I can get back into my lab, I want to finish digitizing the rest of those drawings and then begin the process of writing a book on the development of children’s drawings.  I would also like to publish a series of children’s books that I drew for my research on metacognitive language.  My research grant will finish up over the next year. On the non-scholarly side, family, friends, tennis, golf and fiddle should keep me busy.

What is one thing you will miss about APHD? 

My colleagues and friends on staff, without a doubt. 

What is a favourite memory you had at APHD?

The capital campaign was exciting during my time as Director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study.  In the department as a whole, I enjoyed the Research Gala events where we all had a chance to see each other's work and enjoy some social time with colleagues and students.