Assistant Professor
Registered Psychologist
Office:
Scarfe Library Block 272A

Education:

University of British Columbia, 2005, PhD, Counselling Psychology
Simon Fraser University, 2001, MA, Counselling Psychology
Simon Fraser University, 1998, BA (Hons.), Psychology
Chemical Dependency Services, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centre, San Rafael, California, 2006, Post-doctoral clinical residency

Biography:

Dr. Robinder (Rob) P. Bedi joined UBC and the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education on August 1, 2015 as a tenure track Assistant Professor in Counselling Psychology. He previously held a position as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Western Washington.  He is a registered psychologist in British Columbia.

Scholarly Interests:

Counselling/psychotherapy processes and outcome (particularly those related to therapeutic relationships), counselling/psychotherapy with men (including around fatherhood), professional issues in counselling psychology, professional counselling in India, substance use counselling, and cross-cultural/multicultural counselling/psychotherapy with individuals of Indian descent.

Community Engagement:

Chair (2014-2016). Counselling Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Chair-Elect (2013-2014). Counselling Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Co-Chair (2006 to 2010). Executive Committee on the Definition of Canadian Counselling Psychology (an ad hoc committee of the CPA Section of Counselling Psychology).

Awards:

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award ($480,000 salary support) , 2009
Senior Research Fellow, India Council for Cultural Relations , 2015
Green College Leading Edge Scholar , 2015

Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Bedi, R. P. (in press). Integrating traditional religio-cultural healing into counselling and psychotherapy with Punjabi Sikh clients in North America. Global Mental Health and Traditional Healing.

Bedi, R. P., & Rogers, K. (2016). Love marriage in Punjab, India: A pilot study. Indian Journal of Psychology, 3, 52-59.

Bedi, R. P., Young, C. N., Davari, J. A., Springer, K., & Kane, D. P. (2016). A Content Analysis of Gendered Research in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50, 365-383.

Bedi, R. P. (2016). A descriptive examination of Canadian counselling psychology doctoral programs. Canadian Psychology, 57, 83-91. https://doi.org/10.1037/cap0000047

 Bedi, R. P., Sinacore, A. & Christiani, K. D. (2016). Counselling psychology in Canada. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29, 150-162. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2015.1128398

Goodyear, R., Lichtenberg, J., Hutman, H., Overland, E., Bedi, R. P…..Young, Charles (2016). A global portrait of counselling psychologists’ characteristics, perspectives, and professional behaviors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29, 115-138. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2015.1128396

Richards, M., & Bedi, R. P. (2015). Gaining perspective: How men describe incidents damaging the therapeutic alliance. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 16, 170-182. doi: 10.1037/a0036924

Bedi, R. P., & Duff, C. T. (2014). Client as expert: A Delphi poll of clients’ subjective experience of therapeutic alliance formation variables. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1, 1-18. doi:10.1080/09515070.2013.857295

Simpson, A. J., & Bedi, R. P. (2012). The therapeutic alliance: Clients’ categorization of client-identified factors. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 46, 344-366.

Hoover, S. M., Bedi, R. P., & Beall, L. K. (2012). Frequency of scholarship on counselling males in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 46, 292-297.

Bedi, R. P., Klubben, L. M., & Barker, G. T. (2012). Counselling vs. clinical: A comparison of psychology doctoral programs in Canada. Canadian Psychology, 53, 238-253. doi: 10.1037/a0028558.

Bedi, R. P., Cook, M. C., & Domene, J. F. (2012). The university student perspective on factors that hinder the counseling alliance. College Student Journal, 46, 350-361.

Haverkamp, B. E., Robertson, S. R., Cairns, S. L., & Bedi, R. P. (2011). Professional issues in Canadian counselling psychology: Identity, education, and professional practice. Canadian Psychology, 52, 256-264. doi: 10.1037/a0025214.

Bedi, R. P., & Richards, M. (2011). What a man wants: The male perspective on therapeutic alliance formation. Psychotherapy, 48, 381-390. doi: 10.1037/a00224424.

Bedi, R. P., Haverkamp, B. E., Beatch, R., Cave, D. G., Domene, J. F., Harris, G. E., & Mikhail, A. (2011). Counselling psychology in a Canadian context: Definition and description. Canadian Psychology, 52, 128-138. doi: 10.1037/a0023186

Duff, C.T., & Bedi, R.P. (2010). Counsellor behaviors that predict therapeutic alliance  formation: From the client’s perspective. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 23, 91-110. doi: 10.1080/09515071003688165

Bedi, R.P., & Alexander, D.A. (2009). Using multivariate concept-mapping for examining client understandings of counselling. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 43, 76-91.

Bedi, R.P., & Duff, C.T. (2009). Prevalence of counselling alliance type preferences across two samples. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 43, 150-164.

Bedi, R.P. (2006). Concept-mapping the client’s perspective on counseling alliance formation. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 26-35. doi: 10.1037/0022-0167.53.1.26

Bedi, R.P., Davis, M.D., & Williams, M. (2005). Critical incidents in the formation of the therapeutic alliance from the client’s perspective. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 42, 311-323. doi: 10.1037/0033-3204.42.3.311

Bedi, R.P., Davis, M.D., & Arvay, M.A. (2005). The client’s perspective on counselling alliance formation and implications for research on counsellor training. Canadian Journal ofCounselling, 39, 71-85.

Bedi, R.P., & Horvath, A.O. (2004). The perceived relative strength of the therapeutic alliance: Perceptions of own and partner’s alliance and psychotherapeutic outcome in time-limited couples therapy. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 3, 65-80.

Bedi, R.P. (2004). The therapeutic alliance and the interface of career and personal counseling. Journal of Employment Counseling, 41, 126-135.

Bedi, R.P., Koopman, R.F., & Thompson, J.M. (2001). The dimensionality of the Beck Depression Inventory-II and its relevance for tailoring the psychological treatment of women with depression. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 38, 306-318. doi: 10.1037/0033-3204.38.3.306

 Bedi, R.P., Maraun, M.D., & Chrisjohn, R.D. (2001). A multisample item response theory analysis of the Beck Depression Inventory-1A. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 33, 176-184. doi: 10.1037/h0087139

Bedi, R.P. (2001). Prescriptive psychotherapy: Alternatives to diagnosis. Psychotherapy in Independent Practice, 2, 39-60. doi: 10.1300/j288v02n02_04

Bedi, R.P. (1999). Depression: An inability to adapt to one’s perceived life distress? Journal of Affective Disorders, 54, 225-234. doi: 10.1016/s0165-0327(98)00196-7

Book Chapters and Peer-Reviewed Academic Encyclopedia Entries 

Bedi, R. P., & Domene, J. D. (2015). Canada: The case of Kamalpreet. Therapy without borders: International and cross-cultural case studies (pp. 141-148). American Counseling Association: Washington, DC.

Domene, J. D., & Bedi, R. P. (2013). Counseling and psychotherapy in Canada: Diversity and growth. In R. Moodley, U. P. Gielen, & R. Wu (Eds.), Handbook of counseling and psychotherapy in an international context (pp. 106-116). New York: Routledge.

Bedi, R.P., & Barker, G.T. (2011). Washington laws and programs. In M.A.R. Kleiman, & J.E. Hawdon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Drug Policy (pp. 842-845). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Bedi, R.P. (2009). Solution-focused therapy. In G.F. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 843-845). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Bedi, R.P., & Duff, C.T. (2009). Substance abuse. In G.F. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (866-869). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Bedi, R.P., & Rawdah, N. (2009). Career assessment. In B.T. Erford (Ed.), The ACA Encyclopedia of Counseling (pp. 67-70). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Bedi, R.P., & Winters, K.M. (2009). Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). In G.F. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 62-64). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Bedi, R.P., & Wuitchik, N.G. (2009). Caffeine. In G.F. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 151-152). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Chan, J.G., & Bedi, R.P. (2009). Family therapy/counseling. In G.F. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 786-790). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Chan, J.G., & Bedi, R.P. (2009). Residential treatment. In G.F. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 786-790). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Bedi, R.P., & Domene, J.F. (2008). Counseling, definition of. In F.T. Leong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Counseling (pp. 119-120). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Bedi, R.P., & Duff, C.T. (2008). Drug abuse. In N.J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology (pp. 279-285). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Horvath, A.O., & Bedi, R.P. (2002). The therapeutic alliance. In J.C. Norcross (Ed.), Psychotherapy relationships that work: Therapist relational contributions to effective psychotherapy (pp. 37-69). New York: Oxford University Press.

Theoretical Orientation:

Solution-Focused
Narrative
Person-Centred
Cognitive-Behavioural

Research Funding Sources and Current Projects

UBC Hampton Fund Research Grant (New Faculty)
2015, November
Project: Characteristics of Counselling Psychology in Canada and Canadian Counselling Psychologists
$10,000

India Council for Cultural Relations
2015, August
Project: Incorporating Indian Cultural Traditions into Counselling Individuals of Indian descent: Both in India and Abroad
1.8 million Indian rupees + roundtrip airfare

Research Grant
2014, November (Center for Cross-Cultural Research)
Project: Love Marriage Couples in India
$2000

Research Grant
2014, March (Center for Cross-Cultural Research)
Project: A Cross-National Comparison of Counselling Psychology across Countries
$2000

Courses Taught:

CNPS 564 Group Counselling
CNPS 594 Cross-Cultural Counselling
CNPS 565 Substance Abuse Counselling