Assistant Professor
Indigenous Approaches to Mental Health and Counselling
Registered Psychologist (CPBC #2052)
Scarfe Library Block 291


University of British Columbia, 2009, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia, 2003, M.A.
Simon Fraser University, 1998, B.Sc.

Scholarly Interests:

Indigenous approaches to health, healing, and research; gang life progression and disengagement in First Nations and Metis peoples; culture and identity.

Selected Publications:

Goodwill, A. & Ishiyama, F.I. (in press). Finding the door. Critical incidents facilitating gang exit among Indigenous men. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Goodwill, A. & Giannone, Z. (in progress). Urban traplines: Assisting Indigenous men and boys escape gang life. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation.

Goodwill, A. (in review). A critical incident technique study of the facilitation of gang entry: Perspectives of Indigenous men ex-gang members. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma.

Goodwill, A. (2012). Leaders walking backwards: Aboriginal male ex-gang members’ perspectives and experiences. In C. Kenny and T. Ngaroimata Fraser (Eds) Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Goodwill, A. & McCormick, R. (2012). Giibinenimidizomin: Owning ourselves. Critical incidents in the attainment of Aboriginal identity. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy / Revue canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie, North America, 46(1). Retrieved from:>.

Morrisette, P. & Goodwill, A. (2013) The psychological cost of restitution: Supportive intervention with Canadian Indian Residential School Survivors. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(5), 541-558. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2013.785459

Theoretical Orientation:

Indigenous epistemologies
Culture-centred therapies

Research Funding Sources and Current Projects

UBC Faculty of Education HSS Research Dissemination Award (2014-2015) – In and out of gang life: Perspectives of Aboriginal male ex-gang members

UBC Junior Hampton Award (2014-2016) – Indigenous languages and the talking cure. A dialogical narrative inquiry.

SSHRC Insight Grant Co-Investigator (2015-2018) – Cultural infusions and shifting sands: Career decision making among Indigenous and Immigrant youth and young adults.