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Anusha Kassan

Associate Professor

Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education

Faculty of Education

Research Themes: 

Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism


McGill University, 2009, Ph.D., Counselling Psychology, APA and CPA Accredited Program
McGill University, 2002, M.A., Counselling Psychology, OCCOPPQ Accredited Program
Concordia University, 2000, B.A,, Psychology, Honors Program
Maisonneuve College, 1995, Diploma of Collegial Studies


Dr. Kassan is an Associate Professor who holds a high impact position in child and youth mental health in the School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Counselling Psychology Program at the University of British Columbia from 2009 to 2013, and an Assistant and then Associate Professor in Educational Studies in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary from 2014 to 2019. 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.

Scholarly Interests:

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.

Selected Projects: 

  •  School Integration among Canadian Newcomer Youth: An Arts-Based Ethnographic Study (PI) – SSHRC Insight Development Grant – Government of Canada
  •  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
  •  How are we Making a Difference out there? Teaching and Learning about Social Justice through Practicum Education (Co-PI) – Teaching and Learning Grant – Taylor Institute, University of Calgary