University of Calgary

Anusha Kassan

  • Assistant Professor

Profile

Dr. Kassan completed her graduate studies in Counselling Psychology at McGill University, and did her Pre-Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at the University of California, Irvine Counselling Center. Upon graduating, she held a Visiting Assistant Professor Position in the Counselling Psychology Program at the University of British Columbia and recently joined the faculty in Educational Studies in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Kassan’s scholarly interests are informed by her own bi-cultural identity. As such, her program of study is informed by an overarching social justice lens. Her research presently includes two major foci. First, she is conducting research pertaining to migration experiences across different populations (i.e., newcomer youth, same-sex binational couples, and LGBTQ newcomers). Second, she is carrying out research in the area of teaching and learning, investigating cultural and social justice competencies among graduate students and field supervisors. Dr. Kassan is committed to the implications of this research for counselling training and practice. 

Selected Projects: 

▪ School Integration among Canadian Newcomer Youth: An Arts-Based Ethnographic Study (PI) - SSHRC Insight Development Grant - Government of Canada

▪ School Integration among Adolescent Newcomers (PI) - URGC Seed Grant & PACE Grant - University of Calgary; AACES Research Grant - Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies; ACCFCR Seed Grant - Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research

▪ How are we Making a Difference out there? Teaching and Learning about Social Justice through Practicum Education - Teaching and Learning Grant - Taylor Institute, University of Calgary

Education

PhD
Counselling Psychology, McGill University

Pre-Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
University of California, Irvine Counselling Center

MA
Counselling Psychology, McGill University

BA
Psychology (Honors), Concordia University

Professional & Community Affiliations

In addition to engaging in service activities across the university community, Dr. Kassan is involved with several psychology organizations and communities. For example, she is currently the Chair of the Section on Counselling Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. Moreover, she provides regular training to clinicians in the community on topics pertaining to cultural and social justice competencies. Dr. Kassan has recently begun collaborating with the Calgary Catholic School District on research pertaining to school integration among newcomer youth.

  • American Psychology Association, Member
  • Association for Women in Psychology, Member
  • Canadian Psychology Association, Member

Publications

Selected Publications:

Kassan, A., Goopy, S., Green, A., Arthur, N., Nutter, S., Russell-Mayhew, S., Sesma-Vazquez, M., & Silversides, H. (in press). Becoming new together: Making meaning with newcomers through an art-based ethnographic research design. Qualitative Research in Psychology.

 

Cohen, J., & Kassan, A. (2018). Being in-between: A model of cultural identity negotiation for emerging adult immigrants. The Counselling Psychologist, 65(2), 133-154. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cou0000265

 

Nakamura, N., Kassan, A., & Suehn, M. (2017). Resilience and migration: The experiences of same-sex binational couples in Canada. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 29(2)201-219. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2017.1298489

 

Kassan, A., & Sinacore, A. L. (2016). Multicultural counselling competencies with female adolescents: A retrospective qualitative investigation of client experiences. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy / Revue canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie, 50(4), 402-420. Retrieved from http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/cjc/index.php/rcc/article/view/2890

 

Kassan, A., Fellner, K. D., Jones, M. I., Palandra, A. L., & Wilson, L. J. (2015). (Re)considering novice supervisor development through a social justice lens: An experiential account. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 9(1)52-60. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tep0000041

 

Nakamura, N., & Kassan, A. (2013). Understanding the experiences of immigrant sexual minority women through a cultural identity model. Women & Therapy, 36(3-4), 252-267. doi: 10.1080/02703149.2013.797848

 

Sinacore, A. L., Ginsberg, F., & Kassan, A. (2012). Feminist, multicultural, and social justice pedagogies in counselling psychology. In C. Z. Enns & E. N. Williams (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counselling Psychology (pp. 413-431). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199744220.013.0022

 

Sinacore, A., Kassan, A., Borgen, W., A., Daniluk, J., Leong, B., & Nicols, J. (2011). Canadian counselling psychologists' contributions to applied psychology. Canadian Psychology, 52(4), 276-288. doi: 10.1037/a0025549.

 

Sinacore, A. L., Mikhail, A. M., Kassan, A., & Lerner, S. (2009). Cultural transition of Jewish immigrants: Education, employment, and integration. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 9(3), 157-176. doi: 10.1007/s10775-009-9166-z

Awards

  • Seisoh Sukemune Encouragement of Early Career Research Award - International Council of Psychologists - 2018
  • URGC Travel Award - University of Calgary - 2018
  • Development Grant - University of Calgary - 2015
  • URGC Travel Award - University of Calgary - 2015
  • Research Award - The University of British Columbia - 2011
  • Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowship - Mcgill University - 2003
  • Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowship - Mcgill University - 2002
Photograph of Anusha Kassan

Curriculum Vitae

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