In Memoriam: Dr Marta Young

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Publish Date:
26 Sep, 2019


By: Dr John Berry

Dr Marta Young died on Thursday, 26 September 2019 at the Civic Hospital. She was 56. She was born on May 18, 1963 in London, England. At age three, she began her world travels that never ceased. She lived in British Guyana, Columbia and Guatemala, with short stints in Paris and Quebec City. At age nine she moved to Paris. At 16, she won a scholarship to attend the United World College, Atlantic College, in Wales. She completed her Master’s and PhD in Psychology at Western University following a degree in Psychology from Queen’s University. After a few years in private practice, she started her career with the University of Ottawa. She served as a delegate from Canada to the International Union of Psychological Science. 

Marta’s childhood experience as a minority - being the only white child in her class in Guatemala - informed her entire career. Her research focused on assimilation of refugees and their progeny. She also maintained a private practice through which she assessed refugees to support applications to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Often her reports were cited as the key reason a refugee was granted protection. She will be missed by that community.

Marta was an ardent feminist and cared deeply about the plight of marginalised people. In her personal relationships, she focused on attachment. She strove for ever deeper connections with those she loved. Marta was a private person and few knew that she was terminally ill. She will be greatly missed.

Dr Marta Young