Associate Professor
CNPS Admissions Chair
Registered Psychologist
Scarfe Library Block 295


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


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:

Cross-cultural/multicultural counselling/psychotherapy (particularly with individuals of Punjabi Sikh descent); professional issues in counselling psychology (particularly in Canada and in India);  substance use counselling; counselling/psychotherapy processes and outcome (particularly those related to cross-cultural/multicultural processes); and counselling/psychotherapy with men.

Community Engagement:

Editorial Board Member (2018-2021). Counseling Psychologist (journal of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association)

Organizing Committee Member (2016-2018). 2018 Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference: Advocating for ourselves, advocating for our communities — Canadian counselling psychology into the next decade and beyond.

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).


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
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Research or Professional Article Award , 2018

Selected Publications:

Counselling Psychology Professional Issues

Bedi, R. P., Christiani, K. D., & Sinacore, A. L. (in press). A survey of the characteristics and professional practices of members in the Canadian Psychological Association’s Section on Counselling Psychology. Counselling Psychology Quarterly.

Bedi, R. P. Thomas, P., Sandhu, D., & Jain, S. (in press). Survey of counselling psychologists in   India. Counselling Psychology Review.

Bedi, R. P., Thomas, A., & Giannone, Z. (2019). Strengths of Canadian counselling psychology doctoral programs. North American Journal of Psychology, 21, 293-304

Bedi, R. P. Christiani, K., & Cohen, J. (2018). The next generation of Canadian counselling psychologists. Counselling Psychology Review, 33, 46-56.

Bedi, R., P., Christiani, K., & Cohen, J. (2018). The future of Canadian counselling psychology:         Doctoral students. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 31, 205-222.

Bedi, R. P. (2016). A descriptive examination of Canadian counselling psychology doctoral programs. Canadian Psychology, 57, 83-91.

 Bedi, R. P., Sinacore, A. & Christiani, K. D. (2016). Counselling psychology in Canada. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29, 150-162.

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.

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.

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., 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

Cross-Cultural/Multicultural Psychology/Counselling/Psychotherapy

Cardona, B., Bedi, R. P., & Crookston, B. J. (2019). Choosing love over tradition: Lived experiences of Asian Indian marriages. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 27, 278-286.

Bedi, R. P. (2018). Racial, ethnic, cultural, and national disparities in counseling and psychotherapy outcome are inevitable but eliminating global mental health disparities with indigenous healing is not. Archives of Scientific Psychology, 6, 96–104.

Bedi, R. P. (2018). Culturally-adapted counselling and psychotherapy. BC Psychologist, 7, 13-15.

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

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.

Punjabi/Sikh Mental Health, Counselling, and Psychotherapy

Bedi, R. P., & Shergill, A. P. (2017). Counselling and psychotherapy with Punjabi Sikhs: Socio-  cultural considerations. BC Psychologist, 6, 14-17.

Counselling/Psychotherapy with Men/Masculinity

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.

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

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


Theoretical Orientation:


Research Funding Sources and Current Projects

Gender-Based Violence: Promising Practices to Support Survivors and their Families Program
2019-2022 (Status of Women Canada)
A call for for projects addressing gaps in supports for specific groups of survivors in Canada (including Indigenous women and their communities, and underserved populations)
Project: Mainstreaming Culture in Safety Planning for Survivors of Violence and their Children: The Impact of the Signs of Safety Model on the Cultural Safety of Vulnerable Immigrant and Refugee Women and Children Experiencing Domestic Violence (principal applicant: DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society)

International Research Visiting Fellowship Program
2019-2020 (UBC Faculty of Education)
A program to bring internationally acclaimed scholars to UBC, to act as a catalyst for subsequent collaborative research with UBC researchers beyond the time of their stay at UBC
Project: Bruce Wampold, University of Wisconsin – Madison at UBC

Research Infrastructure Support Program
2019-2021 (UBC Faculty of Education)
This Faculty of Education wide grant provides faculty members “with the infrastructure support they need to pursue excellent research….The RISS program complements competitive external research grants and internal seed funding by supporting activities that are typically ineligible for support from these sources.”
Project: Development of early stage research collaboration with DIVERSECity Community Resources Society

Institutional Collaborative Research Grant
2019-2021 (Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute [SICI])
This grant is to support and encourage Institutional collaboration in research and development for a period of two years in the areas in which Institutions from SICI’s Indian and Canadian Member Council can benefit.  This grant intends to fill information gaps for policy makers and others influencing the policy-making process.
Project: Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Addressing Societal Drug Abuse (principal investigator: Nimarta Mann (Punjabi University, Patiala, India)
1,000,000 (one million) Indian Rupees (approximately $19,306 Canadian dollars)

American Psychological Association Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race Small Research Grant
Project: Integrating Family Yoga into a Group Counseling Program for South Asian Men Engaging in High Risk Substance Use (Co-Applicant: Vern Haubrich, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society)
$1500 USD

American Psychological Association Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Charles J. Gelso, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Research Grant
Project: How to Culturally Adapt Psychotherapy in India in Service of Reducing International Disparities in Psychotherapy Outcome.
$5000 USD

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Explore Grant
2018-2019 (University of British Columbia)
Project: Investigating Religious Bias Against and Social Services Disparities for Sikh Individuals

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant
Project: Possible Selves: Investigating the Nature and Extent of Identity Change for Individuals with a History of Alcohol Addiction (co-investigator: Dr. David Kealy, University of British Columbia)

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Courses Taught:

CNPS 564 Group Counselling
CNPS 594 Cross-Cultural Counselling
CNPS 565 Substance Abuse Counselling
CNPS 678 Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling Psychology