University of Calgary

Karlee Fellner

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Karlee Fellner is Cree/Métis from central Alberta. She is a grateful visitor on the traditional territories of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai Blackfoot Nations, the T'suu Tina, and the Stoney Nakoda peoples. In 2007, Karlee completed her B.A. with Cooperative Work Experience in Psychology at the University of Alberta. She then went on to receive her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2009, and Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2016. Karlee joined the Werklund School of Education as an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2013. Karlee has been working with diverse clients in counselling and assessment since 2007, prior to which she was working in inpatient psychiatric facilities. She has independently designed and taught courses in counselling and psychology at numerous universities and a private First Nations college, and has published book chapters and research articles in the fields of psychology, health, and social work. Karlee is also an instructor in the Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy & Complex Trauma certificate program offered through the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Karlee Fellner's areas of interest include multicultural psychology, Indigenous research, Indigenous curriculum and pedagogy, culturally appropriate counselling, working with trauma, holistic and traditional approaches to wellness, and miyo pimâtisiwin (living a good life). Karlee centres Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies in her research, pedagogy, and counselling practice. She strives to nurture diversity in all facets of her work in hopes that upcoming generations of diverse students will feel empowered bringing their own worldviews, traditions, beliefs, stories, and values into their areas of research, education, and practice. Her most recent completed research used isîhcikêwin - a nehiyaw-otipemisiwak (Cree/Métis) - paradigm to investigate how mental health services can be shaped so as to better serve Indigenous peoples. Karlee's current research uses a collaborative, community-based Indigenist research paradigm to explore the implementation of a decolonizing and Indigenizing framework (Fellner, 2016) in an urban Indigenous health organization.

Current Projects:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2018-2019: Principle investigator on the project Engaging Niitsitapiisinni: Centring Blackfoot Knowledges in Community-Driven Research
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 2017-2019: Principle investigator on the project Toward Poo'miikapii: Applying Blackfoot Approaches to Wellness in Education 
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Indigenous Mentorship Network Program, 2017-2022: Co-investigator on the project Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation Network (AIM-HI Network) 
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Indigenous Mentorship Network Program, 2017-2022: Collaborator on the project Building Reconciliation Together: Transformative Intergenerational Mentorship

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Indigenous Approaches to Wellness Research Catalyst Grant, 2017-2018:  Principal investigator on the project Blackfoot Approaches to Wellness: Community Wellness through Health Education


PhD Counselling Psychology
University of British Columbia

MEd Counselling Psychology
University of Alberta

BA (Co-op) Psychology
University of Alberta

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Karlee Fellner is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP), and Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). She currently serves on the executive for the Aboriginal Psychology section of CPA, and is a shadow on the coordinating team for the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS). Karlee has served in numerous service roles at the University of Calgary and the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, and during her doctoral education at UBC, served as the Doctoral Program Representative for the Counselling Psychology program, a planning committee member and co-chair for the Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, and the Provincial Coordinator for Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) in BC. Karlee is actively involved in community service, social justice and advocacy, cultural events, and traditional ceremonies in the communities of which she is a part, and has been involved in a number of initiatives related to diversity and equity.



Fellner, K. D. (2016). Returning to our medicines: Decolonizing and Indigenizing mental health services to better serve Indigenous communities in urban spaces. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Available for download at:


Fellner, K. D. (In press). Embodying decoloniality: Indigenizing curriculum and pedagogy, American Journal of Community Psychology.

Fellner, K. D. (In press). Iskotew & crow: Reigniting narratives of Indigenous survivance & trauma wisdom in the classroom. In S. Carr-Stewart & J. Ottmann (Eds.), Promises & issues: Indigenous education in Canada. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Fellner, K. D. (In press). Therapy as ceremony: Decolonizing & Indigenizing our practice. In N. Arthur & S. Collins (Eds.). Culture-infused counselling: Fostering socially just change processes (3rd ed.). Calgary, AB: Counselling Concepts.

Fellner, K. D. (2018). miyo-pimâtisiwin: (Re)claiming voice with our Original Instructions. In D. McGregor, R. Johnston & J.P. Restoule (Eds.). Contexts of Indigenous research.Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press.

Fellner, K. D., John, R., & Cottell, S. (2016). Counselling Indigenous peoples in a Canadian context. In N. Gazzola, M. Buchanan, O. Sutherland, & S. Nuttgens (Eds.). Canadian handbook of counselling and psychotherapy. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Kassan, A., Fellner, K. D., Jones, M. I., Palandra, A. L., & Wilson, L. T. (2014). (Re)considering novice supervisor development through a social justice lens: An experiential account. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. doi: 10.1037/tep0000041

Nicholas, D. B., Fellner, K. D., Frank, M. Small, M., Hetherington, R., Slater, R., & Daneman, D. (2012). Evaluation of an online education and support intervention for adolescents with diabetes. Social Work in Health Care, 51(9), 815-827.

Fellner, K. D., & Reddon, J. R. (2011). Measurement of working memory. In E. S. Levin (Ed.). Working memory: Capacity, development and improvement techniques (pp. 33-80). New York: Nova Science.

Fellner, K. D., & Reddon, J. R. (2011). Measurement of working memory. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.). Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 77 (pp. 1-48). New York: Nova Science.

Nicholas, D. B., Fellner, K. D., Koller, D., Fontana Chow, K., & Brister, L. (2011). Evaluation of videophone communication for families of hospitalized children. Social Work in Health Care, 50(3), 215-229.

Fellner, K. D., & Reddon, J. R. (2010). Organic disorders. In J. Thomas & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of clinical psychology competencies (Vol. 2; pp. 1009-1038). New York: Springer.

Fellner, K. (2010). Mindfulness and mental health: Self-care for the student. Psynopsis, 32(1), 34.


  • Werklund School of Education International Research Seed Grant, University of Calgary, 2016
  • United Way/Delta Air Lines Innovation Award, Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, 2014
  • Weklund School of Education Faculty Research Cluster Seed Funding, University of Calgary, 2014
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Grant, University of British Columbia, 2014
  • Werklund School of Education Faculty Research Conference Travel Funding, University of Calgary, 2014
  • Kloshe-Tillicum Travel Subsidy for Students Presenting on Indigenous Health, University of British Columbia, 2014
  • Office of the Vice President (Ressearch) Starter Grant, University of Calgary, 2013
  • Dr. Joseph & Rosalie Segal Award, 2013
  • Recognized Student Leader, University of British Columbia, 2013
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award, 2011 to 2014
  • University of British Columbia Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship, 2011 to 2014 (Declined)
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Marie Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award, 2009
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