Michelle Zak is currently in her first year of the Master of Science in Counselling Psychology with the University of Calgary. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Athabasca University, and a Bachelor of Education with the University of Calgary.
Her personal experience as a second-generation Filipina immigrant and her vast education/teaching experience informs her academic goals. She is excited to learn more about qualitative research design, comprehensive school health, mental health services research, clinical interventions, ethical practice, training service professionals, and multicultural counselling.
Since 2018, Michelle has expanded her knowledge in qualitative research design, newcomer youth school integration, child language brokering, and multicultural responsiveness. She has also co-authored two manuscripts investigating the phenomenon of school integration.
Previously, she worked as a Workshop Facilitator with TIES (The Immigrant Education Society), a Mental Health Coordinator and Health Curriculum Educator with the CBE (Calgary Board of Education), and an Educator in a health care setting.