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Vancouver | Professor, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Michael Sheppard, Ph.D.



I believe that the process of teaching clinicians should focus on growth. Clinical skills is an art that is informed by science, and the relationship between the clinician and client is the most important variable in treatment outcome. To that end, I focus on validating students in their experiences as well as offering detailed constructive feedback. At Adler, I hope to help students become socially responsible clinicians who have a good understanding of variables related to positive therapeutic change.

Please email me if you have questions or would like more information about me.



  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Saskatchewan
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Psychological Association Section for Criminal Justice Psychology (member-at-large, director of training, 2012 to present)
  • Canadian Psychological Association Section for Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychology (student representative, secretary, and member of the Goethe Committee in different roles between 2003 and 2015)
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Sheppard, M.D. (2003). Gender issues. Chapter in J.S. Wormith (Ed.), Youth at Risk for Harm to Self or Others.Technical manual for the Saskatchewan Department of Social Services. University of Saskatchewan.
  • Sheppard, M.D., Alexander, D.L., & Starzomski, A. (2007). Development of a countertransference management.
    program for clinical staff. Unpublished manuscript. East Coast Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
  • Sheppard, M.D. & Wormith, J.S. (2008a). Review of Trauma and Dissociation in     Convicted Offenders (by K.
    Quina & L.S. Brown, The Haworth Medical Press, 2007).     British Journal of Psychology, 99, 575-577.
  • Sheppard, M.D. & Wormith, J.S. (2008b). Review of The Abusive Personality 2nd     Edition (by D. Dutton, The Guilford Press, 2007).  British Journal of Psychology, 99, 577-579.
  • Sheppard, M.D. (2009). Review of Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship (S.F. Hick & T. Bien, Eds., The
    Guildford Press, 2008). British Journal of Psychology, 100, 806-807.
  • Sheppard, M.D. (2010). On Within-defense Variability and Defenses in Male Federal Offenders. Unpublished
    doctoral dissertation. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • Sheppard, M.D. (2014). Review of The Dialectical  Behaviour Therapy Primer (by B.S. Brodsky & B. Stanley,
    Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).  British Journal of Psychology, 105, 145-146.
  • Sheppard, M.D. (2015). Review of Sitting together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy (by S.M.
    Pollack, T. Pedulla, & R.D. Siegel, Guilford, 2014).  British Journal of Psychology, 106, 747-748.
  • Sheppard, M.D. (2016). Review of Fundamentals of motivational interviewing: Tips and strategies for
    addressing common clinical challenges (by J.A. Schumacher & M.B. Madson, Oxford, 2015). British Journal of Psychology, 107, 393-395.
  • Sheppard, M.D., Layden, B.K., Turner, B.J., & Chapman, A.L. (2016). Dialectical behavior therapy in forensic
    contexts. The Behavior Therapist, 39, 181-183.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Sheppard, M.D. (2013b).  Early results with the Correctional Q-sort.  Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association annual conference, Quebec City, QC, June 13-15.
  • Sheppard, M.D. (2013a).  Primary and secondary psychopathy from an object
    relations perspective.  Symposium presented at the Canadian Psychological Association annual conference, Quebec City, QC, June 13-15.
  • Sheppard, M.D. (2011a).  Sharks and bottom feeders:  Narcissism and sexual
    aggression.  Symposium presented at the Canadian Psychological Association annual conference, Toronto, ON, June 2-4.
  • Sheppard, M.D. (2011b).  Defense mechanisms in male federal offenders.  Symposium
    presented at the Canadian Psychological Association annual conference, Toronto, ON, June 2-4.


  • Inducted into the Golden Key National Honour Society, Simon Fraser University, 1999.
  • Winner 3rd prize for poster at Advances in Program Effectiveness and Applied Research, Nipissing, ON, September 20-22, 2005.
  • Winner 1st prize for poster at Dalhousie University Law/Psychology Research and Practice Day, Halifax, NS, November 9, 2006.
  • Freud Award awarded for best student contribution to the Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology, Canadian Psychological Association annual conference, Ottawa, ON, June 7-9, 2007.

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