About Me

Dr. Gina Wong is a Professor, Psychologist, Consultant, and Global Speaker

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I am so fortunate and fulfilled in my professional career. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Alberta (2002) and became a Registered Psychologist in 2003. In 2003, I joined Athabasca University as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology. In 2006, I was pleased to promote to the Associate Professor rank; and promoted to Full Professor in 2019. I qualified as a Perinatal Mental Health Forensic Expert in 2019 in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, Canada. 

 

I am a proud recipient of the 2022 Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Leadership Award for my work in racial justice as well as in perinatal mental health.

I also received the 2022 Psychologist of the Year from the Psychologists' Association of Alberta.

I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.

                                                                              -Emily Bronte

I live on Treaty 6 Territory and am a cisgender Asian woman (she/her). I am feminist who believes strongly in cultural humility, responsivity, stewardship of the environment, anti-racism, naming and identifying systems of oppression, advocating for perinatal mental health awareness, and affecting meaningful shifts in future generations through how I work as a psychologist, perinatal expert witness, who I am as an educator and researcher, and how I parent and live life. In this decade of life, my credo is Generativity, which Erik Erikson described in the 1950s as having a deep sense of responsibility and compassion in fostering and establishing the next generation to be grow and thrive.

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Education

PhD., University of Alberta (2002)

Department of Educational Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology

Dissertation: Reflective Practice in Counsellor Education & Development

Master of Science, University of Alberta (1997)

Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry, Department of Family Ecology & Practice

Thesis: Family Incidents: Impacting Hope of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS

Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta (1994)

Major in Linguistics, Minor in Psychology

Academic & Administrative Appointments

Program Director/Chair

Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University, September 2019-Fall 2021

 

Full Professor

Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University, July 2019-ongoing

Adjunct Academic Colleague

Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, 2018-ongoing

Associate Professor

Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University, August 2006-June 2019

 

Program Chair/Curriculum

Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University, June 2010-January 2014

 

Assistant  Professor

Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University, July 2003-July 2006

Manuscripts in Academic Journals

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Writing and Editing

National and International Conferences

Book Reviews

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FAMILY IS EVERYTHING

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.

 

Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

 

S]he may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

 

Be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

                                                                                 - Jellaludin Rumi

Personal Passions

I enjoy mindfulness-based stress reduction and inner connectedness through regular Yoga practice. In 2017, I integrated Hot Yoga into my everyday lifestyle. 

I enjoy travel, adventure, and good food! I combined all three passions at a Food and Bike Tour in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2019 and a Walking Food Tour in Tofino, B.C. in 2018

Major Awards

and Funding

Distinctions and Honors Received

Completed Tranings

Additional Certification and Training

Professional & Community Involvements