University of Calgary

Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn

  • Instructor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn was born and grew up in Curitiba, Brazil. In 2004, she made Canada home. At Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC), she completed a BA in Psychology (2009), an MA in Educational Psychology (2014), and is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology. She has vast research project management experience, having worked in different disciplines and universities on a variety of local, pan-university, and international projects, and Indigenous community-based educational programs in western Canada. In July 2018, she joined the Werklund School of Education, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Prior to psychology, she worked in EFL, ESL, and ELT in Brazil and Canada as an instructor, administrator, and consultant for 13 years.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn’s research focuses on philosophical and theoretical ideas about the self; how these are interpreted and translated into social institutional practices and legislation and the social implications associated with them. She critiques individualistic approaches in favour of more communal perspectives of selfhood in learning, teaching, intervention, and research, particularly for education and child welfare. This ontological work is closely related with issues of epistemology, methodology, and axiology in the social sciences. Through this communal lens, Elisa has connected with Indigenous knowledge, science, and ways of being. She is involved in Indigenous research concerned with community-led and community-based educational and child welfare initiatives in western Canada and Brazil.

Current Projects

  • Exploring a “communally constituted self” approach to child welfare- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – Principal Investigator
  • Indigenous teacher education programs: An international and Indigenous intercultural engagement project between Canada and Brazil – Principal Investigator


Doctor of Philosophy Candidate - Educational Psychology
Simon Fraser University

Master of Arts - Educational Psychology
Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
Simon Fraser University

Associate Degree - Arts
Douglas College

Certificate for Overseas Teachers of English
Cambridge University

Professional & Community Affiliations

Elisa is part of the International Advisory Committee - Office of Internalization at Werklund School of Education, where she is committed to  engaging with the local, national, and international community.

  • Member of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology- Division 24 - American Psychological Association
  • Member of the International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS)
  • Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member of the Indigenous Research Institute (IRI) - Simon Fraser University


Lacerda-Vandenborn, E. (in press). The meeting of selves. In Charlton, J. (Ed.), Decolonizing mental health: Embracing Indigenous multi-dimensional balance. Vernon, B.C.: J. Charlton Publishing.

Vandenborn, E. (April, 2014). The Social Implications of the Individualistic Self for the Child Protection System in British Columbia (thesis).

O’Neill, O., Vandenborn, E., Leddy, S., Widdows, S., Gomes, R., Stervinou, A., Toledo, M. (July, 2015). Unity Through Music: Engaging Learners in Intercultural and Multimodal Sense Making. Paper presented at the Second International Conference of Music Education. Vol. 1. II Conferencia Internacional de Educação Musical de Sobral (p.32) Sobral, Ceará, Brazil. ISSN: 2357-8785


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Talent Award (2016-2018)

Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship Award (2014)

Douglas College 10th Annual Awards (2007)

Douglas College University Transfer Program Award (2006)

Douglas College Erm Fiorillo - Hal Davis CKNW Award (2006)

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