Master of Arts
The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) within the UBC Faculty of Education is a community of scholars committed to the use and application of psychological foundations and research to understanding and solving human problems across the lifespan and in diverse contexts including families, communities, schools, and workplaces.
Our faculty forgo the traditional research-practice dichotomy by focusing on the integration of practice and research, working closely with schools, community agencies, and policy makers. They serve as advisors at the provincial, national and international levels.
Students enjoy extensive interaction with professors and have the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities to their highest potential through programs tailored to meet individual needs. We strive to provide opportunities for in-depth collaborations and engagement among students and between students and faculty and staff. Our student body is a rich, inclusive, and multicultural mix from across Canada and around the world.
|Bedi, Robinder||Educational Counselling, Substance use counselling, Counselling/psychotherapy in India, Counselling/psychotherapy/mental health with Indo-Canadians, Asian Indian Americans, and Indians, Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues|
|Borgen, William||Career Counselling, Career/life transitions, Developmental approaches to counselling, Group counselling|
|Buchanan, Marla||Counsellor Stress, Narrative Inquiry, School Counselling, Traumatic Stress|
|Butler, Deborah||special education, learning disabilities, inclusive educational practices, intervention research for students with learning disabilities, Collaboration and co-regulation in teachers' professional learning, collaborative professional development models, learning disabilities in adolescence and adulhood, mathematics, metagocnition and self-regulated learning, research methods in educaiton, strategic performanc ein reading, writing|
|Cannon, Joanna||Special Education and Social Adaptation, Teacher Education, Educational Approaches, Speech and Language Development Disorders, Language Acquisition and Development, Cognition and Language, Literacy Training, Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with complex language or cognitive needs|
|Cloth, Allison||Adolescence, Adolescent development, Child and Family Counseling in School Settings, Interventions, Mentoring, Program Evaluation, Social Justice, Young People Placed|
|Cox, Daniel||Motivations and Emotions, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health and Society, Stress, Suicide|
|Daniluk, Judith||Interpersonal Communication, Women' sexuality and reproductive health, developmental transitions, clinical supervision|
|Ercikan, Kadriye||Educational measurement; cross-cultural and multilingual assessment; education research methods; assessment of complex thinking; assessment of collaborative problem solving|
|Ervin, Ruth||Systems Change, Prevention and Intervention Strategies in Special Education|
|Ford, Laurie||Early Childhood Assessment, Youth and Families|
|Haverkamp, Beth||Counselling Process Research, Ethics and Professional Issues, Research Design|
|Holbrook, Cay||special education, Special education, education of students with visual impairments, instruction in Braille reading and writing|
|Hubley, Anita||Depression, Drug Abuse, Social Determinants of Health, Homelessness and Homeless People, Mental Health and Society, Quality of Life and Aging, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Executive Functions, Dementia, Aging Process, Identity Building, Learning and Memory, Psychological and health measurement, Test development and validation, Adult neuropsychological, personality, and mental health topics and assessment, Research with general community and vulnerable populations (e.g. elderly, homeless, drug addicted)|
|Hymel, Shelley||Social Contexts, Social Determinants of Child and Youth Development, Socialization, Violence, Social Networks, Educational Approaches, Learning and Development Approaches, social development, peer relations in children and youth, school violence, bullying and victimization, social emotional learning, mental health and wellbeing, interpersonal relations among children and youth|
|Ishiyama, Ishu||Multicultural/Cross-cultural Counselling and Psychotherapy, Multicultural Counselling Competency Development, Anti-discrimination and Prejudice Reduction, Japanese Morita Therapy and Asian Perspectives on Helping and Healing, Social-Cultural Competency Training, Self-Validation Issues in Personal and Cross-cultural Transition and Adjustment, Social Anxiety and Interpersonal Skills Training, Spiritual Issues in Counselling, Help-Seeking and Help-Avoiding, Use of Metaphors in Counselling and Supervision, Clinical Racism Issues in counselling Training and Practice|
|James, Susan||Cultural Psychology & Psychotherapy, Immigrant Mental Health & Culture Specific Syndromes, Philosophical Psychology, Spirituality & Psychotherapy|
|Jamieson, Janet Ruth||Education of deaf and hard of hearing students|
|Knight, Vicki Floyd|
|Liu, Yan||Fundamental measurement issues (e.g. measurement invariance and outliers); development and application of new statistical methods in education, psychology, health, and social/behavioral sciences; assessing learning outcomes; developing new assessment methods|
|Lo, Owen||Gifted Education, High Ability, Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning, Multiculturalism, Problem Solving, Qualitative Research, Research Methodologies, Sociocultural Approaches to Learning and Teaching|
|Lucyshyn, Joseph||Applied Behaviour Analysis, Behaviour Disorders, Behavioural Family Intervention, Positive Behaviour Support, Single-Subject Research|
|Mathison, Sandra||Evaluation theory and practice; student assessment; standardized testing; school and program evaluation; critical theory; interpretive and critical research methodologies, qualitative research methods; sociology of assessment|
|McKee, William||Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Behavioral Problems, Learning Disorders in Children, Teaching and Learning Systems, Educational Counselling, Program Management (Education), Autism, Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth, School-Based Mental Health, Children and Youth with Special Needs|
|Mercer, Sterett||Literacy Training, Learning Disabilities, curriculum-based measurement, academic intervention|
|Mirenda, Pat||autism; developmental disability (mental retardation, etc.); positive behaviour support; augmentative communication (communication technology for people who are unable to speak), Autism, communication and behaviour challenges, developmental disabilities, augmentative and alternative communicaiton, positive behaviour support, inclusive education, literacy development|
|Perry, Nancy||motivation and self-regulated learning in young children; social perspectives on teaching and learning, reading and writing; accommodating individual difference in general education classrooms; learning disabilities; special education, Metacognition, motivation, and self-regulated learning in elementary school children Social perspectives on teaching and learning, including social cognitive and sociocultural theories, Teacher development, Individual differences, Learning disabilities|
|Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly||Children’s social and emotional development, empathy, moral development, bullying, risk and resiliency, adolescent stress and coping, transition to school, transition to adulthood (emerging adulthood), social and emotional learning in school, Social, emotional, and moral development of children and adolescents with an emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that promote positive development|
|Schultz, Izabela||psychological and neuropsychological aspects of disability, Brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder, Chronic pain, Conceptual models of disability and return to work, Early identification of risk for disability and intervention with at risk workers, Psychological and neuropsychological assessment in personal injury and workers|
|Shapka, Jennifer||Affective and Emotional Development, Cognitive Development, New Technology and Social Impacts, Technology, Media, Social Media, Adolescents, Cyberbullying, Self-regulation, Online Privacy|
|Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer||cultural-historical psychology, child/parent relationships, student/ teacher relationships, play and performance based learning, bridging school and out of school contexts for learning, Alternative schooling and pedagogies, Critical theory, Discourse and critical discourse analysis, ethnography, Qualitative research, Socially constructing knowledge and identity, Sociocultural approaches to learning and teaching, Young people placed|
|Wu, Amery||Development of new psychometric methods (e.g. reliability of complex assessment designs, validation methods using structural equation modeling or item response theory); methodology for group comparison in item responses (e.g. detection of differential option functioning in multiple choice tests); understanding response processes; large-scale educational assessment and English Language assessment|
|Young, Richard||parent-adolescent interaction (conversations); career development, particularly as a function of family influence, Vocational Psychology|
|Zebehazy, Kim||Assessment, Instructional Strategies, Problem Solving, Visual Impairment|
|Zumbo, Bruno||Statistics and Probabilities, Mathematics, Epistemology and Methodology, Psychometrics, Multivariate Analysis, Latent Variable Models, Test Theory, Item Response Theory, Validity Theory and Validation, Statistical Methods for Program Evaluation|
We are pleased and excited to welcome Dr. Ed Kroc Dr. Kroc is joining us as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology. Dr. Kroc has already been working at ECPS as an Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and was previously a...
We are pleased and excited to welcome Dr. Terence Tracey Dr. Terence Tracey is joining us for the next three years as a Visiting Professor in Counselling Psychology. Dr. Tracey comes to us from Arizona State University where he was a Professor since 1999 and served as Department Head of the...
I-Chen Wu (SPED PhD), Dr. Owen Lo, Advisor Dr. Marion Porath Scholarship in Education A scholarship is offered annually by Merv Porath in memory of his wife, Dr. Marion Porath (B.Ed. 1974, M.A. 1984, Ph.D. 1988) for a graduate student studying High Ability within the Department of...