Manal Guirguis-Younger, Ph.D. Vancouver Campus

"Educating socially responsible scholars and  
practitioners is more than simply the transfer  
of technical information or creating procedural  
competencies; it is about creating a dynamic  
space of exchange." - Manal Guirguis-Younger 

"Educating socially responsible scholars and
practitioners is more than simply the transfer
of technical information or creating procedural
competencies; it is about creating a dynamic
space of exchange." - Manal Guirguis-Younger 

Manal Guirguis-Younger, Ph.D.
Program Director, Doctor of Psychology Program in Clinical Psychology

I believe education should be a transformational process for both students and educators. Educating socially responsible scholars and practitioners is more than simply the transfer of technical information or creating procedural competencies; it is about creating a dynamic space of exchange. In my classroom, I strive to create a teaching and learning environment that allows all participants to use new knowledge to situate themselves in broader society and become aware of their roles as active agents of change and part of the evolution of their communities.

My teaching style is a combination of inquiry-based learning and direct instruction. I place emphasis on scientific method, critical thinking, self-awareness and agency, and the integration of information from various sources. I make use of a diversity of learning modalities, including self-directed research, peer input, direct instruction, mentoring, debate, and written output.

My research is focused in the areas of homelessness and poverty, palliative care, and alternative models of health-service delivery to marginalized groups, especially Indigenous peoples of Canada. Some of my research questions and investigations revolve around issues of accessibility and the impact of inequity and systemic disenfranchisement.

I am also interested in leadership theory and research, especially in the context of academic training and community mental health. Finally, research questions related to professional and personal development, and civic participation interest me.

  • Homelessness
  • Health trends associated with homelessness
  • Personal and professional development
  • Leadership
  • Community action, Indigenous mental health

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Ottawa
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Psychology, University of Toronto

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Psychological Association (member)

Select Publications

  • Rovers, M., Malette, J., & Guirguis-Younger, M. (Eds.). (2018). Touch in the helping professions: Research, practice, and ethics. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press.
  • Guirguis-Younger, M., McNeil, R., & Hwang, S. (Eds.). (2014). Homelessness and health in Canada. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press.
  • Sévigny, A., Champagne, M., & Guirguis-Younger, M. (Eds.). (2013). Le bénévolat en fin de vie ou l’art d’accompagner. Québec, QC: Presses de l’Université Laval
  • Guirguis-Younger, M., & McNeil, R. (2014). The development and operational context of an emergency shelter-based hospice in Ottawa: A qualitative study. In M. Guirguis-Younger, R. McNeil, & S. Hwang, (Eds.), Homelessness and health in Canada (pp. 293-312). Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press.
  • McNeil, R., & Guirguis-Younger, M. (2014). Dignity in design: The siting and design of community and shelter-based health facilities for homeless persons. In M. Guirguis-Younger, R. McNeil, & S. Hwang (Eds.), Homelessness and health in Canada (pp. 233-251). Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press.
  • McNeil, R., Dilley, L., Guirguis-Younger, M., Hwang, S., & Small, W. (2014). Impact of supervised drug consumption services on access to and engagement with care at a palliative and supportive care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS: a qualitative study. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 17:1885. (Open Access http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.17.1.18855).
  • McNeil, R., Guirguis-Younger, M., & Dilley, L. (2012). Recommendations for improving the end-of-life care system for homeless populations: A qualitative study of the views of Canadian health and social services professionals. Palliative Care. 11:14 (open access http://www.biomedicscentral.com/1472-684X/11/14).
  • McNeil, R., Guirguis-Younger, M., Dilley, L., Aubry, T., Turnbull, J., & Hwang, S. (2012). Harm reduction services as a point-of-entry to and source of end-of-life care and support for homeless and marginally housed persons who use alcohol and/or illicit drugs: A qualitative analysis. Public Health, 12:312 (open access http://www.biomedicscentral.com/1471-2458/12/312).

Select Presentations

  • Malette, J., & Guirguis-Younger, M. (2012, October). La dimension spirituelle du vécu d’infirmières praticiennes et de bénévoles, en soins palliatifs. Communication présentée à la 19ième Conférence internationale en soins palliatifs, Montréal, QC.
  • Guirguis-Younger, M. (2011, November). Homelessness and mental illness: Community’s role in caring for vulnerable persons. Invited paper presented at 4th Multidisciplinary Conference: Cultural Diversity and Mental Illness, Ottawa, ON.
  • Gall, T. L., & Guirguis-Younger, M. (2011, March). Religious and spiritual coping: Current theory and research. Invited paper presented at 1st Global Conference on Spirituality in the 21st Century, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Tourigny, A., Murray, W., Couturier, W., Demers, L., Sévigny, A., Guirguis-Younger, M., Dubuc, N., & Carrier, S. (2010, December). Intégration des services sur une base locale: Approches toujours novatrices et nouvelles tendances. Presented at the 39th Scientific and Educational meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology. Montréal, QC.
  • Sévigny, A., Guirguis-Younger, M., Aubin, M., Tourigny, A., Dumont, S., & Fortier, M. (2010, December). L’intégration des bénévoles au soutien à domicile des aînés en fin de vie. Presented at the 39th Scientific and Educational meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology. Montréal, QC.
  • Guirguis-Younger, M., & Malette, J. (2010, October). Use of narrative by volunteers for end-of-life support. Presented at the 18th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montréal, QC.

Awards

  • Public Service Commission of Canada (Government of Canada) Excellence Award, 2001

Professional and Academic Positions of Note

  • Dean, Faculties of Human Sciences and Philosophy, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON, 2014-2018
  • Full Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Faculties of Human Sciences and Philosophy, Saint Paul University, 2011-2014
  • Director, M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Counselling, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON, 2005-2011