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Sarah Hickinbottom-Brawn, Ph.D., M.A.

Sarah Hickinbottom-Brawn, Ph.D. received a B.A. Honours in Psychology, an M.A. in Counselling Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in private practice in North Vancouver, and has over 20 years experience teaching counselling and education at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral level across four universities (SFU, UBC, KPU, and CityU).

Dr. Hickinbottom-Brawn is also an active scholar and has received numerous awards for her work including the 2008 Sigmund Koch Early Career Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology. She has published in Theory & Psychology, The International Journal of Critical Psychology, and The Canadian Journal of Higher Education, is a co-author of the book Persons: Understanding psychological selfhood and agency (Jack Martin, Jeff Sugarman, & Sarah Hickinbottom; Springer, 2010), a consulting editor for the Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology and a reviewer for The Canadian Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Her academic work is grounded in ontological and philosophical hermeneutics and is focused on deconstructing the moral, sociocultural, historical, political, and economic underpinnings of Western psychology, while her clinical interests lie in postmodern, constructivist modes of therapy and client issues that call for a significant re-interpretation of self and ways of being.

Courses taught at CityUniversity

  • Counselling Field Experience (ECC 601)
  • Counselling Practicum (ECC 602)
  • Internship I (EGC 605)
  • Internship II (EGC 607)
  • Internship III (EGC 609)

Experience

2015-present: Registered Clinical Counsellor, Sarah Hickinbottom Counselling

2015-present: Registered Clinical Counsellor, Oak Counselling Services (pro-bono)

2014-present: Clinical & Thesis Supervision, Adler School of Professional Psychology & CityU

2007-present: Professor, Department of Educational Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Education

Doctor of Philosphy (Educational Psychology), Simon Fraser University, 2007

Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology), Simon Fraser University, 1999

Bachelors of Arts (Psychology), Simon Fraser University, 1993

Awards

  • .6% PD Research Fund, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: $12,500 (2011)
  • Academic & Career Advancement Scholarly Activity Fund: $15,000 (2011)
  • PD Travel Grant, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: $1,500 (2010)
  • PD Travel Grant, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: $1,500 (2010)
  • Sigmund Koch Early Career Psychologist Award, Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, American Psychological Association (2010)
  • .6 % PD Research Fund, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: $12,500 (2010)
  • PD Travel Grant, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: $1,500 (2010)
  • PD Travel Grant, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: $1,500 (2009)
  • Dean’s Convocation Medal for Academic Excellence, Faculty of Education, SFU (2007)
  • Graduate Fellowship, SFU: $6,000 (2006)
  • President’s Research Stipend, SFU: $6,000 (2006)
  • Lis Welch Graduate Scholarship in Education: $3,000 (2006)
  • Graduate Fellowship, SFU: $6,000 (2005)
  • Social Science & Humanities Research Council: $20,000 (2004-2005)
  • Graduate Fellowship, SFU: $6,000 (2005)
  • Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Student Paper Award, American Psychological Association: $400 (2004)
  • Graduate Fellowship, SFU: $6,000 (2003)
  • Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Student Paper Award, American Psychological Association: $400 (2003)

Publications

BOOKS

Martin, J., Sugarman, J., & Hickinbottom, S. (2010). Persons: Understanding self and agency. Springer.

ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

Hickinbottom-Brawn, S. & Burns, D. P. (2015). The problem of first-year seminars: Risking disengagement through marketplace ideals. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45, 154-167.

Hickinbottom-Brawn, S. (2013). Brand you: The emergence of social anxiety disorder in the age of enterprise. Theory & Psychology, 23, 733-752.

Christopher, J. C. & Hickinbottom, S. (2008). Positive psychology and the disguised ideology of individualism. Theory & Psychology, 18, 563-589.

Hickinbottom, S. (2007). The (mis)education of the psychology student. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 19, 77-92.

Hickinbottom, S. (2005). Commentary on Wendt. History and Theory of Psychology Student Network. http://www.student.yorku.ca/%7Eclfaye/dwendt2.html

Martin, J., Sugarman, J., & Hickinbottom, S. (2003). The education of persons in multicultural Canada. In F. Pajares & T. Urdan (Eds.), Adolescence and education, Vol. 3: International perspectives on adolescence. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Christopher, J. C., Hickinbottom, S., & Richardson, F. (article in preparation). Mindfulness in psychology: Why here? Why now?

Hickinbottom, S. (manuscript in preparation). Moral decline or moral panic?: Arguments about Western morality and their implications for psychology and education.

PRESENTATIONS

Hickinbottom-Brawn, S. (2015). Remembering practices: Grief and loss from a narrative perspective. Presentation for Vancouver Mental Health Professionals Network.

Howe, K., Slaney, K. & Hickinbottom-Brawn, S. (2015). The female voice in theoretical and philosophical psychology: An interactive symposium. Symposium at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Salt Lake City, UT.

Hickinbottom-Brawn, S. & McLellan, A-M (2013). Happiness through work? Limitations of the notion of career as a means of fulfillment. Poster presentation at the 2013 American Psychological Convention, Honolulu, HA.

Harvey, N. & Hickinbottom-Brawn, S. (2013). “Cause I wanna be anarchy”: Countercultures as an illustration of authenticity? Poster presentation at the 2013 American Psychological Convention, Honolulu, HA.

Hickinbottom, S. (2011). Brand “you”: The enterprising self, the ecological niche, and the pathologization of shyness. Paper presentation at the 2011 American Psychological Convention, Washington, DC.

Christopher, J. C. & Hickinbottom, S. (2008). Mindfulness in psychology: Why here? Why now? Paper presentation at the 2008 American Psychological Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Christopher, J. C. & Hickinbottom, S. (2008). Substantive views of well-being: Individualism and the challenge of indigenous psychologies. Paper presentation at the 2008 Mid-Winter Meeting of APA, Division 24 (Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology), Miami, FL.

Hickinbottom, S. & Sugarman, J. (2007). Psychology’s naturalized ethics for education: A critique. Paper presentation at the 2007 American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Hickinbottom, S. & Christopher, J. C. (2007). Positive psychology: Ethnocentrism and disguised ideologies. Invited address at Symposium in Honour of Jack Martin’s Contributions to Educational Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.

Hickinbottom, S. & Christopher, J. C. (2006). Ethnocentrism and the mainstream: Limits of generalizability in positive psychology. Paper presentation at the 2006 American Psychological Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Hickinbottom, S. (2005). Why inclusion?: Sociocultural and historical influences on contemporary moral education. Paper presentation at the 2005 American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.

Hickinbottom, S. (2004). Framing the controversies in character education: A review. Paper presentation at the 2004 American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.

Hickinbottom, S. (2003). Reconceptualizing happiness and well-being for the postmodern world. Poster presentation at the 2003 American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, ON.

Thompson, J. & Hickinbottom, S. (2001). Training implications of a hermeneutic approach to psychotherapy. Poster presentation at the 2001 American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Hickinbottom, S. & Thompson, J. (1999). A study of the development of self-oriented, socially prescribed, and other-oriented perfectionism. Poster presentation at the 1999 American Psychological Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Davis, C., Wintrup, A., Hickinbottom, S., & Lukman, H. (1994). The human salivary response to visual stimulation. Poster presentation at the 1994 Canadian Psychological Association Conference, Penticton, BC.

Davis, C., Wintrup, A., Hickinbottom, S., Bauslaugh, T., & Gaetz, M. (1993). Human salivary responses to olfactory stimulation measured by the surface method. Poster presentation at the 1993 Canadian Psychological Association Conference, Montreal, QB.