Associate Professor
SACP Practicum Coordinator
Registered Psychologist
Child and youth mental health
Social justice
Multiculturalism and diversity
Teaching and learning methods
Theortical Orientation
Scarfe Office Block 2509


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

Community Engagement:

In addition to engaging in service activities across the university community, Dr. Kassan is involved with several psychology organizations and communities. For example, she is currently the Chair of the Section on Counselling Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. Moreover, she provides regular training to clinicians in the community on topics pertaining to cultural and social justice competencies. Dr. Kassan has recently begun collaborating with the Calgary Catholic School District on research pertaining to school integration among newcomer youth.

  • American Psychology Association, Member
  • Association for Women in Psychology, Member
  • Canadian Psychology Association, Member


Teaching Award – University of Calgary , 2019
Seisoh Sukemune Encouragement of Early Career Research Award – International Council of Psychologists , 2018
Development Grant – University of Calgary , 2015
Research Award – The University of British Columbia , 2011
Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowship – Mcgill University , 2003
Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowship – Mcgill University , 2002

Selected Publications:

Kassan, A., Sinacore, A.L., & Green, A.R. (2019). Learning about social justice through a self-reflective field activity. Manuscript submitted for publication. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24(2), 250-255.

Cohen, J., & Kassan, A. (2018). Being in-between: A model of cultural identity negotiation for emerging adult immigrants. Journal of Counselling Psychology, 65(2), 133-154.

Nakamura, N., Kassan, A., & Suehn, M. (2017). Resilience and migration: The experiences of same-sex binational couples in Canada. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 29(2)201-219.

Kassan, A., & Sinacore, A. L. (2016). Multicultural counselling competencies with female adolescents: A retrospective qualitative investigation of client experiences. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy / Revue canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie, 50(4), 402-420. Retrieved from

Kassan, A., Fellner, K. D., Jones, M. I., Palandra, A. L., & Wilson, L. J. (2015). (Re)considering novice supervisor development through a social justice lens: An experiential account. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 9(1)52-60.

Nakamura, N., & Kassan, A. (2013). Understanding the experiences of immigrant sexual minority women through a cultural identity model. Women & Therapy, 36(3-4), 252-267.

Sinacore, A. L., Ginsberg, F., & Kassan, A. (2012). Feminist, multicultural, and social justice pedagogies in counselling psychology. In C. Z. Enns & E. N. Williams (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counselling Psychology (pp. 413-431). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199744220.013.0022

Sinacore, A., Kassan, A., Borgen, W., A., Daniluk, J., Leong, B., & Nicols, J. (2011). Canadian counselling psychologists’ contributions to applied psychology. Canadian Psychology, 52(4), 276-288. doi:10.1037/a0025549.

Sinacore, A. L., Mikhail, A. M., Kassan, A., & Lerner, S. (2009). Cultural transition of Jewish immigrants: Education, employment, and integration. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 9(3), 157-176.