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Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
ADVICE AND INSIGHTS FROM UBC FACULTY ON REACHING OUT TO SUPERVISORS
These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.
Graduate Student Supervision
Master's Student Supervision
Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.
Since the events of September 11th 2001, Muslims have been under increased scrutiny experiencing discrimination, prejudice, and hate crimes. The consequences of this day have had a negative affect on Muslims and their communities’ mental health, making it imperative to ensure Muslims are able to access mental health professionals when needed. However, contemporary counselling and psychotherapy are still criticized for being Eurocentric, and research has shown that disparities in mental health services based on sociocultural variables have continued to persist. It has been noted that religion is an area that has not received much attention in the literature on mental health service disparities leading to a dearth in knowledge on how Eurocentric approaches impact Muslim clients. It is this broader context that highlights the pressing need to investigate the possibility of religious disparities and implicit bias in access to mental health services for Muslims. The goal of this study was to examine if there is possible implicit bias by counsellors and psychologists against Muslims who access counselling and psychotherapy services. An audit methodology utilizing emails examined the effects of clients’ perceived religion on counsellors and psychologists in Greater Vancouver in their openness to provide services. A total of 470 practitioners received an email either from a Muslim male or non-Muslim male potential client, requesting an appointment. The main analyses showed that perceived religion was not a statistically significant predictor of whether a response is received nor how receptive a practitioner will be. Exploratory analyses showed that perceived religion was associated with how long it takes practitioners to respond, with the Muslim man receiving statistically significant quicker responses, compared to the non-Muslim man. This study was the first Canadian study examining mental health services disparities using an audit methodology, as well as the first North American study examining mental health services disparities based on religion, which can help inform future research in this area.
Alcohol and other substance use disorders are a significant health and social issue in North America (World Health Organization [WHO], 2018). Previous research has found that individuals working to overcome an addiction often report feeling hopeless about their ability to secure employment or return to work in the future (Bauld et al., 2013). Hopefulness and a sense of human agency have been found to be important predictors of positive outcomes, including vocational ones, in a variety of domains for individuals with substance use disorders. Research findings suggest that the presence of hopefulness and being engaged in a meaningful activity, such as a job, are important factors for achieving positive outcomes for individuals with a significant problem with substance use (Ferrari et al., 2012). As such, it is essential to validly and reliably measure career competencies, based on hope and human agency, in clinical settings to provide direction for practitioners on how to effectively support this population. This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the Hope-Action-Inventory (HAI; Yoon, 2017) with a sample of 751 individuals who had ever had a problem with alcohol and other drugs. The HAI is based on Hope-Action Theory (Niles et al., 2019) and was developed to measure an individual’s level of Hope-Centered Career Competencies (i.e., Hope, Self-Reflection, Self-Clarity, Visioning, Goal Setting and Planning, Implementing, and Adapting). This study assessed the reliability of the HAI as well as the scale’s factor structure to explore whether the HAI can be justifiably used to assess career competencies in a problematic substance use population. The HAI was found to have adequate reliability with this previously uninvestigated clinical sample. Furthermore, hierarchical confirmatory factor analysis found that the previously proposed hierarchical seven-factor structure of the HAI fit the data well. These results provide support for the use of the HAI by professionals working with individuals who have ever experienced problematic substance use. Specifically, for the purpose of developing a better understanding about which career competencies clients may need to work on to improve their ability to navigate career development and exploration.
Compared to women, men experience many poorer health outcomes including having shorter lifespans, higher rates for all 15 leading causes of death, and greater risk of cancer and heart disease (Courtenay, 2000; Statistics Canada, 2005; Singh, Kochanek, & MacDorman, 1994; Viallancourt, 2010). College aged men experience additional challenges such as dropping out of school more often and engaging more frequently in risky behaviours compared to women (Courtenay, 2000; Oliffe, Galdas, Han, & Kelly, 2013). Research illustrates the adherence to traditional masculine norms contributing largely to men’s poorer life outcomes (Shen‐Miller, Isacco, Davies, St. Jean, Phan, 2013). Deficit models of psychology saturate the literature on men and masculinities to provide insights into men’s experiences and therapeutic interventions, but less attention has been given to the study of strengths and positive emotions. (Kiselica & Englar-Carlson, 2010). Further, research demonstrates the lack of engagement of college aged men when receiving psychotherapeutic interventions (Davies, Shen-Miller, & Isacco, 2010; Kiselica & Englar-Carlson, 2010). By using a positive psychology approach to develop clinical interventions, scholars have found increased engagement of college aged men in counselling (Davies et al., 2010; Kiselica & Englar-Carlson, 2010), but literature describing these approaches is largely theoretical. Following recommendations to build theory on men and masculinities using a positive psychology lens (Issaco, 2015) and noting the existence of a new but elusive concept of possible masculinities, the present study aimed to (a) construct a data-driven theory for explaining how college aged men envision their possible masculinities (i.e., what men want to be in the future), and (b) to contribute theory-driven suggestions for psychotherapeutic interventions for college aged men within a positive psychology framework. Using grounded theory methodology, the Envisioning Possible Masculinities Model (EPMM) emerged from analyzing eight focus groups with 49 college aged men. The EPMM describes the contextual factors and processes contributing to how college aged men envision their possible masculinities and summarizes two types of possible masculinities (i.e., internal and external). Results can be used to expand the theoretical understanding of college aged men, aid in the development of engaging clinical interventions, and improve the current conceptualization of possible masculinities.
In India, social developments have facilitated changes in traditional arranged marriage customs and introduced an alternative option, choice marriage (Allendorf, 2013; Netting, 2010). Deviating from the cultural norm can have adverse consequences, with many individuals in choice marriages reporting negative consequences in their relationships (Raval, Raval, & Raj, 2010; Rocca, Rathod, Falle, Pande, & Krishnan, 2009). Women in choice marriages are at a particular risk for adverse consequence because having a choice marriage means that they are defying the common gender roles prescribed to them by Indian society (Allendorf, 2016). Nevertheless, individuals who engage in choice marriages rarely do so across caste lines. These marriages continue to be largely endogamous (Allendorf & Pandian, 2016; Dhar, 2013). To better understand the phenomenon of Indian women’s relationships after engaging in a caste-endogamous choice marriage, six Indian women were interviewed. The study used an interpretative phenomenological analysis approach, guided by the research question, “What is the meaning of close relationships for Indian females who are in caste-endogamous choice marriages?” Indian women identified relationships with their caregivers to have been most impacted by their caste-endogamous choice marriage. Common aspects of the experience of relationships after having a caste-endogamous choice marriage were identified from interviews. The results found that six themes were common to their relationship experiences after having a caste-endogamous choice marriage: (1) support, (2) connection, (3) responsibility for elders, (4) responsibility for marriage, (5) validation, and (6) respect. Implications of the study’s findings for counsellors who are working with Indian women in caste-endogamous choice marriages and their close relationships are addressed.
- Assessing psychotherapy as a western healing practice through prediction of help-seeking attitudes (2023)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly
- Differences Between Canadian Psychological Association Nonmember and Member Counseling Psychologists (2023)
Counseling Psychologist, 51 (2), 180-209
- Implicit Bias Against Muslim Men Attempting to Access Counseling or Psychotherapy? A Correspondence Audit Study Examining Aversive Racism (2023)
Psychology of Consciousness: Theory Research, and Practice
- Psychometric Evaluation of the Hope-Action Inventory in Individuals with Substance Use Issues (2023)
Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development
- The prospective association between physical activity and initiation of current substance use among adolescents: Examining the role of school connectedness (2023)
Mental Health and Physical Activity, 24
- Differences in religious and spiritual practice variables between Canadian counselors and psychologists (2022)
Archive for the Psychology of Religion
- Evaluating and Applying to a Counseling Psychology PhD Program: Importance and Influence of Various Decision Variables (2022)
North American Journal of Psychology, 24 (1), 101-126
- Examination of Perceived Religion in Muslim Women’s Access to Counseling and Psychotherapy Services: An Audit Study (2022)
Journal of Counseling Psychology, 70 (1), 30-40
- Physical activity and substance use among Canadian adolescents: Examining the moderating role of school connectedness (2022)
Frontiers in Public Health, 10
- Teaching a Sexuality Counseling Course: Counselors-in-Training Experience and Implications for Professional Counseling Programs (2022)
American Journal of Sexuality Education, 17 (3), 320-342
- Bicultural Identity and Self-Construal in-Family Among Indian American Emerging Adults: A Mixed-Methods Study (2021)
Journal of Adult Development, 28 (1)
- Characteristics of Counselling Psychology and Counselling Psychologists in India: A Larger Scale Replication of a Nationwide Survey (2021)
Psychological Studies, 66 (1)
- Why Do Men Drop Out of Counseling/Psychotherapy? An Enhanced Critical Incident Technique Analysis of Male Clients’ Experiences (2021)
Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 22 (4), 776-786
- A Fallacy of the World Health Organization's Mental Health Gap Action Programme and Intervention Guide: Counseling and Psychotherapy Are Also (Western) Indigenous/Traditional Healing Methods (2020)
Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 22 (1), 49-61
- A survey of the characteristics and professional practices of members in the Canadian psychological association’s section on counselling psychology (2020)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 33 (2), 245-263
- Survey of counselling psychologists in India (2020)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 33 (1), 100-120
- Choosing Love Over Tradition: Lived Experiences of Asian Indian Marriages (2019)
Family Journal, 27 (3), 278-286
- The future of Canadian counselling psychology: Doctoral students (2018)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 31 (2), 205-222
- A descriptive examination of canadian counselling psychology doctoral programs (2016)
Canadian Psychology, 57 (2), 83-91
- A global portrait of counselling psychologists’ characteristics, perspectives, and professional behaviors (2016)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29 (2), 115-138
- Counselling Psychology in Canada (2016)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29 (2), 150-162
- Counseling and Psychotherapy in Canada: Kamalpreet's Story (2015)
International Counseling Case Studies Handbook, 141-147
- Gaining perspective: How men describe incidents damaging the therapeutic alliance (2015)
Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16 (2), 170-182
- Client as expert: A Delphi poll of clients' subjective experience of therapeutic alliance formation variables (2014)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 27 (1), 1-18
- Counseling and psychotherapy in canada: Diversity and growth (2013)
Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy in an International Context, 105-116
- Counselling vs. Clinical: A comparison of psychology doctoral programs in Canada (2012)
Canadian Psychology, 53 (3), 238-253
- Counselling psychology in a canadian context: Definition and description (2011)
Canadian Psychology, 52 (2), 128-138
- Professional issues in Canadian counselling psychology: Identity, education, and professional practice (2011)
Canadian Psychology, 52 (4), 256-264
- What a Man Wants: The Male Perspective on Therapeutic Alliance Formation (2011)
Psychotherapy, 48 (4), 381-390
- Counsellor behaviours that predict therapeutic alliance: From the client's perspective (2010)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 23 (1), 91-110
- Concept mapping the client's perspective on counseling alliance formation (2006)
Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53 (1), 26-35
- Critical incidents in the formation of the therapeutic alliance from the client's perspective (2005)
Psychotherapy, 42 (3), 311-323
- The perceived relative strength of the therapeutic alliance: Perceptions of own and partner’s alliance and psychotherapeutic outcome in Time-Limited couples therapy (2004)
Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 3 (4), 65-80
- The therapeutic alliance and the interface of career counseling and personal counseling (2004)
Journal of Employment Counseling, 41 (3), 126-135
- A multisample item response theory analysis of the Beck Depression Inventory-1A (2001)
Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 33 (3), 176-185
- Prescriptive psychotherapy: Alternatives to diagnosis (2001)
Journal of Psychotherapy in Independent Practice, 2 (2), 39-60
- The dimensionality of the beck depression inventory - II and its relevance for tailoring the psychological treatment of women with depression (2001)
Psychotherapy, 38 (3), 306-318
- Depression: An inability to adapt to one's perceived life distress? (1999)
Journal of Affective Disorders, 54 (1-2), 225-234