Tanya Mudry

Assistant Professor


University of Calgary


University of Calgary


University of Alberta


University of Alberta

Contact information


Office: 403.210.6995


Main Campus : EDT628

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Addiction and addictive behaviours
  • Child and youth mental health
  • Collaborative practices in therapy, training, supervision, and research methods
  • Conversation and discourse analysis
  • Counselling and health issues
  • Discourse analysis
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Public health
  • Qualitative psychotherapy process research
  • Qualitative research
  • Recovery practices
  • Social constructionist approaches to counselling and psychotherapy
  • Social practice


Dr. Mudry’s research has focused on three main streams of inquiry: 1) Examining and intervening in practices associated with addiction and recovery from excessive behaviours (Internet use, gambling, eating, substances), 2) Examining and supporting physical, emotional, and social recovery from health, mental health, and addiction concerns, and 3) Examining counselling processes. Within these areas, she focuses on the practices/contexts/relationships in which individuals engage that invite and sustain unhelpful behaviours (substance use, excessive behaviors, physical inactivity), create mental health challenges, or delay recovery, as well as those that invite healthy behaviours, preferred mental wellness, and success in their lives.

Current Projects:

  • Implementation of Social Justice Pedagogy in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary: Attending to Students’ voices., Werklund School of Education (Dr. Kassan PI)

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Mudry is a Registered Psychologist (Alberta), a Taos Associate, adjunct professor at Acadia University, and a member of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) and O’Brien Institute of Public Health. She serves as the book review editor for the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Dr. Tanya Mudry was born in Edmonton, and raised in rural Alberta. She completed a BA in Psychology and MSc in Health Promotion Studies from the University of Alberta. After working in Academic settings, Industry, and the government in smoking cessation and wellness, she completed a second MSc and PhD in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has clinical experience in Adult Mental Health (Alberta Health Services), Family Therapy (Calgary Family Therapy Centre), and Child and Youth Mental Health (South Island Mental Health). Dr. Mudry taught in the Counselling Program at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and the MFT and PsyD programs at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonito, before returning back to Calgary in 2018. Dr. Mudry is an Assistant Professor in Werklund School of Education in Educational Studies in Psychology. She teaches a variety of foundations courses.


Book Chapters

Mudry, T. E. (submitted). Behaviour is in the Practice: Understanding and Treating Excessive Behaviours using a Practice Framework. Book proposal.

Mudry, T. E., Stea, J. N., & Hodgins, D. C. (2015). The psychological underpinnings of addictive behaviours. In N. el-Guebaly & H. Tavares (Eds.), Textbook of addiction treatment: International perspectives (pp. 1443-1473). Milano, Italy: Springer Milan.

Mudry, T., Strong, T., & Chang, J. (2014). A life history of a PIP: Snapshots in time. In K. Tomm, S. St. George, D. Wulff, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal interactions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change (pp. 82-102). New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Mudry, T. E. (submitted). Addictive behaviour is in the practice: Using a practice framework to conceptualize addictive behaviours for research and practice.

Mudry, T. E., Strong, T., Doyle, E. M., & Sapacz, M. (submitted). Helping clients address addictive behaviours inside and outside of counselling: Placing addiction and recovery in a discursive, social practice framework.

Strong, T., Sesma-Vazquez, M., Ross, K., Mudry, T., Doyle, E., & Pickering, B. (in press). Expert therapeutic discourse, practices and counter-practices across six service contexts. International Journal of Collaborative Practices.

Mudry, T., Nepustil, P., & Ness, O. (2018). The relational essence of natural recovery: Natural recovery as a relational practice. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. (Impact 1.179, International collaboration)

Gosnell, F., McKergow, M., Moore, B., Mudry, T., & Tomm, K. (2017). A Galveston declaration. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 36(3), 20-26. (Impact 0.56, International collaboration)

Mudry, T. E., Strong, T., Sametband, I., Rogers-de Jong, M., Gaete, J., Merritt, S., Doyle, E., & Ross, K. (2016). Internalized Other Interviewing in relational therapy: Three discursive approaches to understanding its use and outcomes. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42(1), 169-184. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12110. (Impact 2.528)

Strong, T., St, George, S., Wulff, D., Mudry, T., & Sametband, I. (2015). Differences over dollars and sense: Discourses involving money in family therapy. Human Systems: Journal of Therapy, Consultation & Training, 26(1), 66-85. (Interdisciplinary collaboration)

Mudry, T., Sametband, I., Strong, T., Wulff, D., Michel, J., & St. George, S. (2014). “Where I’m coming from”: A discourse analysis of financial advice media. Journal of Financial Therapy, 5(1), 55-79. doi:10.4148/1944-9771.1055 (Impact 2.528, Interdiciplinary collaboration)

Mudry, T., & Strong, T. (2013). Doing recovery online. Qualitative Health Research, 23(3), 313-325. doi: 10.1177/1049732312468296 (Impact 2.036)

el-Guebaly, N., Mudry, T., Zohar, J., Tavares, H., & Potenza, M.N. (2012). Broadening our horizon: Response to commentaries. Addiction, 107(10), 1739-1740. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03546.x (Impact 5.798, International collaboration)

el-Guebaly, N., Mudry, T., Zohar, J., Tavares, H., & Potenza, M.N. (2012). Compulsive features in behavioral addictions: The case of pathological gambling. Addiction, 107(10), 1726–1734. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03546.x (Impact 5.798, International collaboration)

Mudry, T. E., Hodgins, D. C., el-Guebaly, N., Wild, T. C., Colman, I., Patten, S. B., & Schopflocher, D. (2011). Conceptualizing excessive behaviour syndromes: A systematic review. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 7, 138-151. doi:10.2174/157340011796391201 (Interdisciplinary collaboration).

el-Guebaly, N., & Mudry, T. (2010). Problematic Internet use and the diagnostic journey. World Psychiatry, 9(2), 93-94.

Mudry, T., Kushner, K.E., & Neufeld, A. (2010). Employed mothers’ worker ideology and social support network composition while managing multiple demands in paid and family work. Qualitative Health Research, 20(7), 905-921. doi: 10.1177/1049732310364221 (Impact 2.036)