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Vancouver | Adjunct Faculty, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Alireza Sedghi Taromi
Ph.D., RCC



My passion for developing the minds of post-secondary students led me towards a fulfilling career in psychology and counselling. My motivation towards education and striving for excellence in teaching and learning evolved from graduate studies and being a teaching assistant until I received my two masters in psychology. Having moved into the counselling field, I found myself being a mentor and being drawn back towards fostering student development that could translate my enthusiasm for counselling and psychology into the skills and experiential learning to help students to be fully prepared for the world of work.

My commitment to lifelong learning and striving for excellence in teaching has led me to connect with students in a positive learning environment and prompted me to direct them toward their pursuits in psychology and counselling and making an empowering impact in the lives of their clients. Many of my students have maintained communication with me over the years to receive advice and guidance. Post-secondary institutions are the basis of learning which, through the integration of theory and real-world experiential learning opportunities as well as non-traditional methods, can provide for students a safe space to make mistakes and explore while receiving constructive and affirmative feedback. Fostering various learning approaches to expand students’ curiosity through connecting theories and real-life experiences allows them to embark on informed practice. Through flexible learning, I inspire my students to develop and enrich their lives based on ‘latent learning’, where a learner’s behaviour is not apparent in the learning time but manifests at a future time when suitable motivation and circumstances appear.

My teaching philosophy is based on mutual respect and devotion to assisting students throughout their learning journey. Having experience working in multicultural environments and with clients from various walks of life, I value the unique life experiences that all students bring into a collaborative learning environment where they can express their experiences, interests and aspirations to develop individual class-based curricula and employ learning delivery that utilizes students’ evaluation to continuously develop the most effective practices. Through the use of various teaching styles and techniques, including experiential learning, the sharing of experiences, role modelling and meta-cognitive journal writing, I aim to develop a variety of techniques in a safe and respectful environment. Developing students’ voices on a journey of learning and discovery encourages creative and critical thinking and enhance our learning atmosphere. All of these aspects combined create a space that is more conducive to self-exploration and learning.

With over 10 years of experience providing instruction to post-secondary students, my motivation is to provide students with quality education. With enthusiasm and dedication to the field of teaching, I look to nurture students’ minds so they can progress in their careers and develop into contributing members of society. I am confident in my ability to present information on the subject matter in an engaging and thought-provoking manner and to provide continuous quality education. Communication with former students who were inspired to enter the psychology and counselling field themselves and witnessing students learn and grow continuously expands my love for teaching. My academic and real-world experiences in psychology and counselling have provided me with various experiences and perspectives that I enjoy offering students to enhance their skills and latent learning. With enthusiasm and respect for the experiences of all students, I believe in developing a classroom environment where students will be interested and curious about the course content as Maria Montessori says: “This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop.”



  • Ph.D., Psychology
    University of Tehran
    Tehran, Iran
  • Doctorate Courses in Counselling Psychology
    Argosy University
    Seattle, WA
  • BC Provincial Instructor Diploma
    First-Year University Level English Literature
    Vancouver Community College
    Vancouver, BC
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology
    Azad University
    Tehran, Iran
  • MSc, General Psychology
    Beheshti University
    Tehran, Iran
  • B.A., Clinical Psychology
    Azad University
    Tehran, Iran
Professional Background

Current Positions

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Burnaby, BC
  • Sessional Faculty
    University Canada West
    Vancouver, BC
  • Associate Faculty
    City University of Seattle
    Vancouver Island, BC

Former Positions

  • Counsellor, EAP Program
    Vancouver, BC
  • Counsellor
    Richmond Multicultural Community Services / Mosaic
    Vancouver, BC
  • Counsellor
    Niki Counselling & Education Centre
    Vancouver, BC

Current Licensures

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor
    British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
    Victoria, BC
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Yousefi, S., Hassanzadeh, S., Zebehazy, K. T., Najafi Fard, T., Murfitt, K., Sedghi Taromi, A., & Gholam Ali Lavasani, M. (in press). The Sound Localization Ability of Students with Visual Impairment in Goalball players, Non- Goalball Players, and Impairment in Goalball players, Non- Goalball Players, and Their Peers with Typical Vision Their Peers with Typical Vision. British Journal of Visual Impairment.
  • Sedghi-Taromi, A., Afrouz, G., Shokoohi-Yekta, M., Ghobari-Bonab, B. & Besharat, M. (2016). Effectiveness of the Quality-of-Life Improvement Program for Adolescents with Visual Impairment on their Adjustment and Mental Health. Applied Psychological Research Quarterly, 6(5), 21-37.
  • Moosavi Sahib Azamani S, Fathi Ashtiani A, Ahmadi A, Shafi Y, Alimadadi Z, Sedghi Taromi A. (2015). Effect of antenatal psychological education to reduce postpartum depression and improve marital satisfaction: a randomized controlled trial in first-time mothers referred to Baghatalah and Najmiyeh hospitals, Journal of Urmia Nursing & Midwifery Faculty, 13 (10), 892-902.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Zebehazy, K. T., Velugu, B., Livarjani, S., Sedghi Taromi, A., Sikanku, S., & Alraddadi, M. (2023, November 29-December 2). Planning, Adapting, Remembering: What Can Teachers Do to Support Executive Functioning in the Context of Literacy Development? [Conference presentation]. Getting in Touch with Literacy (GITWL) Conference, St. Pete Beach, Florida, United States.
  • Abedi, M. & Sedghi Taromi, A. (2021, September 1-3). Family Issues Analysis During Pandemic. [Conference presentation]. The 2021 online Conference on Pandemics, poverty and inequality: Social Work in the 21st century, South Africa.

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