Dr. Hajera Rostam’s Presentation on The Role of Educational Leadership in Enhancing Program Development in Counselling Psychology

Thursday, March 8
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Neville Scarfe, Room 278

You can review Dr. Hajera Rostam’s CV here.

Presentation Title

The Role of Educational Leadership in Enhancing Program Development in Counselling Psychology

Presentation Summary

In this presentation, Dr. Hajera Rostam will illustrate her vision for educational leadership in counselling psychology and the broader Faculty of Education at UBC. Informed by multicultural pedagogies and transformative education, Dr. Rostam  will elucidate the concept of educational leadership through her own teaching (launching an essential service learning component for Douglas College’s BA program in Psychology, and online classes) and current clinical practice (Tele-health).  Dr. Rostam will highlight how leadership in education is crucial for advancement of our programs, students’ competence and future professional identity. As an example, she will share her reflections and ideas on how she can collaboratively contribute to innovative curriculum design and program development in Master’s level counsellor preparation.


Hajera Rostam, Ph.D, is a faculty member at Douglas College in the Department of Psychology (Social Sciences and Humanities), New Westminster, BC. She is also a visiting lecturer in the Counselling Psychology Department at UBC, supervising a master’s level clinic at the Psycho-educational Research and Training Centre. In addition, Dr. Rostam is a registered psychologist at Changeways clinic, serving a diverse group of clients seeking services. She has recently been involved in Tele-health therapy aimed at providing accessible and timely therapy to clients, facilitating their smooth transition back to work.  Dr. Hajera Rostam completed her PhD in counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia, with an accredited internship at the University of California at Berkeley, Counselling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Rostam’s interests in leadership and teaching began when she became a refugee due to the Soviet invasion of her home, Afghanistan. She worked as an educator with the International Rescue Committee providing literacy classes to refugee women. In 1996, she was selected by the World University Services of Canada for refugees to pursue her post-secondary education in Canada. During her academic career, Dr. Rostam has received training in leadership through Canadian International Development Agency as well as UC Berkeley in intercultural leadership. In addition, she received a unique doctoral mentorship grant called The Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training, funded by UBC, CIHR and BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. For her teaching contributions as a doctoral student at UBC, Dr. Hajera Rostam received an award of excellence in teaching from Faculty of Education.