Michael Mandrusiak, Psy.D. Vancouver Campus

"I subscribe to a student-centered teaching   
philosophy and believe in creating a  
comfortable environment in which learning  
can occur." Michael Mandrusiak

"I subscribe to a student-centered teaching
philosophy and believe in creating a
comfortable environment in which learning
can occur." Michael Mandrusiak

Michael Mandrusiak, Psy.D., Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1803)
Director of Training

As the Director of Training for the Vancouver campus, a key part of my role is to cultivate and build community partnerships, and Adler students are critical allies in this process. Through respectful, mutually empowering collaboration with our community, the education and training of our students is enriched; students and faculty at once leave an impact and are impacted. I also serve as a Core Faculty of the Vancouver Campus’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program. In that role, I have facilitated the Professional Development Seminar, which orients students to social justice values and to a professional identity as a psychologist in training. My student-centered teaching philosophy balances creation of a safe and challenging environment in which learning can occur.

As a product of scholar-practitioner training, I am a practitioner, administrator, applied researcher and consumer of basic research. My research interests are varied and include the following: trends and policies in professional psychology; optimization of training and supervision processes for trainees; mental health and professional advocacy; analysis of online content related to mental health; career development; and integration of clinical treatment with client religion and spirituality.

Please e-mail or call me (604-482-5525) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Psy.D., Baylor University
  • M.Sc., Baylor University
  • B.Sc., University of Alberta

Licensure

  • Registered Psychologist, College of Psychologists of British Columbia

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • British Columbia Psychological Association
  • Canadian Psychological Association

Select Publications

  • Mandrusiak, M. & Sandhu, V. (2014, June). A biopsychosocial approach to diversity competence. Psynopsis, 36(3), 11.
  • Mandrusiak, M. (2013, Winter). Public outreach: Why “Piece of Mind” matters. BC Psychologist, 3(1), 10-12.
  • Mandrusiak, M. N. (2009). Warning signs for suicide: Safe and effective information delivery online. In L. Sher & A. Vilens (Eds.), Internet and Suicide. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.
  • Mandrusiak, M. N., Rudd, M. D., Joiner, T., Berman, L., Van Orden, K. A., & Witte, T. (2006). Warning signs for suicide on the Internet: A descriptive study. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 36(3), 263–271.
  • Niwa, K.D. & Mandrusiak, M.N. (2012). Self-injury groups on Facebook. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 46(1), 1-20.

Select Presentations

  • Mandrusiak, M., Hassanali, R. & Wong, P. (2014, June). "Piece of mind: Creativity in public engagement." In M. N. Mandrusiak (Chair), Public Education and Advocacy in Professional Psychology. Symposium at the meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • Wyness, K. & Mandrusiak, M. (March, 2013). "Theoretical Orientation Development in Psychotherapy Trainees." Presented at the 3rd Annual B.C. Research in Counselling Psychology Conference, Vancouver, BC.
  • Mandrusiak, M. & Maglio, A.S. (June, 2009). "Practicing social justice." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association.
  • Washburn, C. & Mandrusiak, M. (June, 2008). "Suicide Prevention on Campus: Gatekeeper Training in Action." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, St. John’s, NL.
  • Mandrusiak, M., Bohonos, A. & Geller, G. (June, 2007). "A career planning program for international students: Planning ahead for the school to work transition." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Saskatoon, SK.
  • Stewart, D. & Mandrusiak, M. (June, 2007). " Bridging the Gap between Clinical and Developmental Perspectives: The Case of Social Phobia on Campus." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Saskatoon, SK.