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||Counselling psychology; Educational Counselling; Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues; Counselling/psychotherapy in India; Counselling/psychotherapy/mental health with Punjabi/Sikh individuals; The Contextual Model of Counselling/Psychotherapy / Viewing Psychotherapy as a Cultural Practice|
|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||Counselling psychology; Motivations and Emotions; Anxiety; depression; Mental Health and Society; stress; Suicide|
|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|
|Kassan, Anusha||Social sciences; Child and youth mental health; Social justice; Multiculturalism and diversity; Feminist-multicultural pedagogy; immigration; Cultural and social justice responsiveness; Anti-oppressive therapy|
|Katz, Jennifer||Inclusive Education; The Three-Block Model of UDL; Universal design for learning (UDL)|
|Knight, Vicki Floyd||Applied Behaviour Analysis; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Developmental Disabilities; Single-Case Research; Academic Interventions; Instructional Strategies|
|Kroc, Edward||measurement; applied and theoretical research methodology and best practice; spatio-temporal modelling; Causal inference; urban ecology; life cycle of gulls|
|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||Developmental psychology; Educational psychology; Special education and disability; Autism; Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents; Behavioral Problems; Children and Youth with Special Needs; Educational Counselling; Learning Disorders in Children; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Program Management (Education); School-Based Mental Health; Teaching and Learning Systems|
|Mercer, Sterett||Special education and disability; Educational psychology; curriculum-based measurement; academic intervention; written expression|
|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|
|Sam, Johanna||Education; Psychology, social and behavorial aspects; Human Development; Adolescence; technology; Indigenous Education; Digital Pedagogy|
|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|
|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|
|Weber, Barbara||Embodiment and Public Space; ethics; Multiculturalism; Multiculturalism and Recognition; Phenomenology and Hermeneutics; Philosophy for Children; Social justice|
|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||Psychological methodology design and analysis, and psychometrics; Statistical theory and modeling; Educational assessment and evaluation; Applied mathematics, n.e.c.; Statistics and Probabilities; Mathematical sciences of measurement; Item Response Theory; Latent variable models; Multivariate Analysis; Psychometrics; Test Theory; Validity Theory and Validation|
Congratulations to Angela Low, ECPS’ HDLC Ph.D. Candidate, for receiving the MITACs Elevate 2-year postdoctoral fellowship. Angela received the MITACs Elevate 2-year postdoctoral fellowship for a proposal that she submitted with her community partner, ChildHealth BC (part of the Provincial Health...
Congratulations to Eun Young (Key) Kwon, ECPS’ SPED Ph.D. Candidate, for being awarded the 2021 Inspirational Deaf Educator’s Achievement Award. The CAEDHH-BC Awards Committee is honoured to offer this recognition to acknowledge her outstanding work as a Teacher of the Deaf in Deaf Education. Her...
We are pleased and excited to welcome Dr. Thomas Schanding. Dr. Schanding joins us from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) where he was an Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program. He has extensive teaching graduate level courses in School Psychology and a strong...
Congratulations to Drs. Shelley Hymel and Richard Young on their upcoming retirement. On behalf of the ECPS, thank you for all your contributions and service to the department. Best wishes on this new chapter, and happy retirement! The post Congratulations to Drs. Hymel and Young on...
We are delighted to announce the promotion of the following two ECPS faculty members effective July 1st, 2021. The announcement was made during the Departmental meeting on June 24th by ECPS Department Head Dr. Jennifer Shapka. To know more about the profile of these faculty members, please click on...
The Canadian Psychological Association’s 2021 virtual Conference runs June 1-25, 2021. Faculty and students from ECPS will be in attendance throughout many events scheduled during the convention. Professor Bruno Zumbo is an invited featured speaker on Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 11:30 AM –...