University of Calgary

Anusha Kassan

  • Assistant Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


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. 

Current Projects: 

▪ 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

▪ The Embodiment of Newcomer Women in Canada (PI) – Research Collaboration Grant & Powerful New Ideas in Education - Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

▪ 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

▪ Enhancing Students’ Multicultural Counselling Competencies: A Self-Reflective Field Activity (Co-PI) – Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant - Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

▪ Factors that Help and Hinder in the Academic Success and School Re-Engagement of at Risk Newcomer Youth (Co-PI)  Identity-Based Wraparound Intervention Project - Government of Canada

▪ Beyond Known Barriers to Walkability: A Pilot Study to Explore the Motivation and Desirability of Walking for Health among South Asian Populations (Co-I) makeCalgary - Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

▪ Transportation Mobility among Canadian Newcomers: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Research  (Co-PI)  Interdisciplinary Team Development Grant - Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary

▪ Weight Bias as a Social Justice Issue – Research Collaboration Grant & Powerful New Ideas in Education - Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

▪ Multicultural Counselling Competencies with Adolescent Newcomers – FoE Seed Grant - Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia


Counselling Psychology, McGill University

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

Counselling Psychology, McGill University

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 cultrual and social justice competencies. Dr. Kassan has recently begun collaborating with the Calgary Catholic School District on research pertaining to school integration among adolescent newcomers.

  • American Psychology Association, Member
  • Canadian Psychology Association, Member


Kassan, A. (in press). Culture-infused counselling with female adolescents. In N. Arthur & S. Collins (Eds.), Culture-Infused Counselling: Fostering Socially Just Change Processes (3rd ed.). Calgary, AB: Counselling Concepts.


Nakamura, N., Kassan, A., & Suehn, M. (in press). Resilience and migration: The experiences of same-sex binational couples in Canada. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.


Nakamura, N., & Kassan, A. (in press). Gender & immigration. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication Inc.


Nutter, S., Russell-Mayhew, S., Kassan, A., Alberga, A. S., Arthur, N., Lund, D., Sesma-Vazquez, M., & Williams, E. (in press). Positioning of weight bias: Moving towards social justice. Journal of Obesity.


Arthur, N., Lund, D., Russell-Mayhew, S., Kassan, A., Alberga, A. S., Nutter, S., Sesma Vazquez, M., & Williams, E. (in press). The curriculum of body: Employing polyethnography to navigate researcher positionality on weight bias. The Qualitative Report.


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


Kassan, A., & Green, A. R. (2016). Enhancing Students' Multicultural Counselling Competencies: A Self-Reflective Field Activity. 2016. In M. Takeuchi, A. P. Preciado Babb, & J. Lock (Eds.). Proceedings of the IDEAS: Designing for Innovation, pp. 65-74. Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of the Education, University of Calgary. Retrieved from


Nakamura, N., Kassan, A., & Suehn, M. (2015). Immigrants in same-sex binational relationships under the Defense of Marriage Act. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2(1), 12-21. doi:


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:


Sinacore, A. L., Kassan, A., & Lerner, S. (2015). The changing Canadian landscape: Immigration in Canada. In A. L. Sinacore & F. Ginsberg (Eds.), Canadian Counselling Psychology in the 21st Century (pp. 117-139). Montreal, QC: McGill Queens University Press.


Salvisberg,W., Loewen, J., Tkachuk, M., Kassan, A., Shahebina, W., & Russel-Mayhew, S. (2015). A multi-method evaluation of a weight management program for the treatment of obesity. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 39, S56.


Kassan, A., & Nakamura, N. (2013). “This was my only option”: Career transitions of Canadian immigrants in same-sex binational relationships. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counselling, 7(2), 154-171. doi: 10.1080/15538605.2013.785466


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. L., & Kassan, A. (2011). Using Community Portfolios in Teaching for Social Justice. Teaching of Psychology, 38(4), 262-264. doi: 10.1177/0098628311421326  


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


  • Development Grant - 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
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