University of Calgary

Mitchell Colp

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Mitchell is a Registered Psychologist who supports children, adolescents, young adults, and parents overcome the situational or ongoing challenges that impact their lives. He obtained his Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Calgary and focused his research on how individuals bounce-back from significant life adversities. With experience gained from working in public and specialized educational settings, he functions as a private practitioner in the Calgary area. Mitchell provides comprehensive psychological assessments to identify and then treat developmental and mental health challenges.

When Mitchell is not performing psychological assessments or devising treatment plans, he can be found dawning many academic, evaluation, and volunteer roles. He is Lecturer with Ambrose University and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, St. Mary's University, and Cape Breton University. Mitchell teaches coursework across Canada on psychological assessment, mental health intervention, brain-behaviour relationships, research methodology, and statistics. Mitchell is often contracted to school districts and health authorities to measure the impact of their success and the fidelity of established programs for supporting children, youth, and families in the mental health realm. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and presented community-based research at various local, national, and international conferences. Mitchell also serves as the Chair for the School Psychology Committee of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, where he advocates for increased access to school-based mental health supports.

He is an avid curler and dog-lover, although he dislikes the cold and is often allergic to dogs. Mitchell currently lives in Airdrie with his wife Jennifer, enjoys playing his guitar, and believes that in an alternative reality would have wound-up being a DJ.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Colp’s proficiency with research methodology and statistical analysis has allowed him to participate in many diverse research projects that span the realms of education, psychology, medicine, and statistical theory. Beyond those listed above, his research interests include the study of chronic absenteeism, fostering data-informed practices, and applying quantitative methods in educational contexts.

Select Publications

Colp, S. M., & Barva, C. J. (in press). Transdisciplinary service in early intervention: Ethical and professional barriers for school psychologists. Psymposium.

Colp, S. M., & Barva, C. J. (2015). School psychologists as leaders who use data to cultivate new roles within inclusive education. Psymposium, 25(2), 12-14. 

Colp, S. M., & Nordstokke, D. W. (2014). Test Review: Insight. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 29(1), 71-78.

Nordstokke, D. W., & Colp, S. M. (2014). Investigating the robustness of the nonparametric Levene test with more than two groups. Psicologica, 35, 339-361.

Nordstokke, D. W., & Colp, S. M. (2014). Factorial Designs. In Michalos A.C. (ed). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 2141-2146.

Winters, K. M., Altomare, A. A., Colp, S. M., & Matchullis, R. L. (2013). Classroom management strategies for students with special educational needs. In J. Andrews (Eds.), Diversity education: Understanding and addressing student diversity in Canadian schools. Scarborough, ON: Nelson.


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