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Vancouver | Program Director | Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Manal Guirguis-Younger, Ph.D., R.Psych.



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


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Ottawa
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Psychology, University of Toronto
Professional and Academic Positions of Note

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
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychologist, College of Psychologists of British Columbia
  • Canadian Psychological Association (member)
Select Publications

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
  • 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
  • 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
Select Presentations

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.


  • President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership, Adler University, 2021
  • Public Service Commission of Canada (Government of Canada) Excellence Award, 2001

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