Robert A. Roughley, PhD Provisional Registered Psychologist

Professor and Director of Counselling Programs, Calgary

Dr. Robert Roughley is the Director of the Master of Counselling Psychology Program in Calgary, Alberta. In his current position, Robert teaches courses in human sexuality, counselling and professional skills, testing and assessment, and research. Robert takes student learning and engagement quite seriously and was awarded the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Teaching Excellent Award in 2013.

Prior to joining the City University of Seattle’s teaching faculty, Robert held a full-time academic position with the Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Calgary. While enthusiastically involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning, Robert supported Faculty and Graduate Students in developing teaching strategies to effectively engaged students in active and social justice learning.

Robert has a robust academic background. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary and his Masters of Counselling from the Campus Alberta Applied Counselling Initiative. Robert also completed his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and Masters of Education degrees at Queen’s University.

Robert is actively involved in scholarship in the areas of counselling psychology, social justice research, and human sexuality. The main focus of Robert’s research is counselling sexual and gender minority individuals. Robert acts a peer reviewer for several academic journals in the fields of teaching and learning, counselling psychology, and human sexuality.

Courses Taught at CityUniversity

  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology Practice (CPC 501)
  • Psychology of Addictions (CPC 529)
  • Psychology of Sexuality and Human Development (CPC 523)
  • Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology (CPC 524)
  • Testing and Assessment (CPC 525)
  • Child and Adolescent Counselling (CPC 600)
  • Psycho-educational Assessment of Children and Adolescents I (CPC 611)
  • Psycho-educational Assessment of Children and Adolescents II (CPC 612)
  • Advanced Seminar in Integrative Research (CPC 691)


  • 2012-Present: Adjunct Faculty (Faculty of Medicine), University of Calgary
  • 2011-2012: Adjunct Faculty, City University of Seattle
  • 2007-2012: Instructor (Teaching and Learning Centre), University of Calgary
  • 2008-2011: Instructor, (Division of Continuing Education), University of Calgary
  • 2007-2009: Sessional Instructor (Faculty of Education), University of Calgary
  • 2001-2005: Instructional Designer, The Royal Military College of Canada
  • 1997-2001: Elementary School Teaching, Various Locations across Canada


  • 2013    Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, Excellence in Teaching Psychology Award
  • 2010    Faculty of Graduate Studies, Teaching Excellence Award (Nomination)
  • 2008    University of Calgary, Graduate Association, Teaching Excellence (Nomination)
  • 2008    University of Calgary, Students’ Union Teaching Excellent (Nomination)


  • Estefan, A., & Roughley, R. A. (2013). Composing self on narrative landscapes of sexual difference: A story of wisdom and resilience [Special issue]. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 47(1), 29-48.
  • Roughley, R. A., & Morrison, T. G. (2013). Introduction to the special issue on sexual orientation and gender identity in counselling psychology [Special issue]. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 47(1), 1-3.
  • Schalk, K., Roughley, R. A., & Hiebert, B. (2007). Report to the ATA Guidance Council: Needs assessment. University of Calgary, Division of Applied Counselling Psychology, Calgary, AB.
  • Roughley, R. A. (2004). [Review of the book Seeing over the rainbow: Teachers talk about bisexuality, gay, lesbian, transgender, and two-spirited realities]. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 38(1), 54-55.
  • Roughley, R. A. (2004). Insights into the working alliance – part two: A counsellor in training’s perspectives. Cognica, 36(1), 8, 13
  • Roughley, R. A. (2003). Insights into the working alliance – part one. A review of the literature. Cognica, 35(4), 1, 5.
  • Roughley, R. A. (1998). Report to the AIDS Committee of Durham: Implications of needs assessment of the MSM community – Action plan for follow-up. Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.
  • Book Chapters
  • Roughley, R. A., & Alderson, K. G. (2012). A phenomenological investigation of gay fatherhood in Alberta. In Morrison, T. G., Morrison, M. A., McDermott, D., & Carrigan, M. (Eds.), Sexual minority research in the new millennium (pp. 67-91). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.