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Davis P. Tharayil, PhD

Associate Faculty

My responsibility in teaching CPC-526 Counselling Psychology Theory is to facilitate students’ foundational knowledge in the process of being an effective clinician. After graduating in MA in Guidance and Counselling from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and MA and Ph.D. in Psychology major in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Philippines, I have been teaching different courses in psychology a total of 12 years both in the University of the Philippines and Red Deer College, Alberta. I also have a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Assessment from the University of Concordia, Edmonton. Being in good standing with the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and College of Alberta Psychologists as Registered Provisional Psychologist, I conduct therapy and psychological assessment at the ARCH Psychological Services in Grande Prairie, AB.  I believe that I can effectively contribute to student’s learning in this course.

Teaching Philosophy

I give more emphasis on learner-centered approach where the student is the “boss” who can construct knowledge (constructivist approach) and there are no right or wrong answers in the classroom except for quizzes provided they have critical thinking behind their ideas. This would ensure a positive and non-judgmental environment for students to share their ideas. It is my belief that learning is a collaborative process between the educator and the learner. The objectives of a collaborative approach are to scaffold the students to be critical and independent thinkers, to be accountable to their own learning, and to be competent so that they can be confident partakers in the social change.  In my interaction with students, I encourage them to take personal responsibility in their learning and to be accountable to themselves, to their family, community, and country.

Research Interests

Although currently I have not started any research projects, I certainly keep an open mind in examining the impact of traumas related to the experiences of  emotional and physical neglect and abuse in the early and later developmental stages of life on an individual’s adult relationships, the development of personality, and mental health. My past research interests are known from the following peer reviewed publications.

  • Tharayil, D.P. (2012). Developing the University of the Philippines Loneliness Assessment Scale: A Cross-Cultural Measurement. Social Indicators Research, 106(2), 307-321.
  • Tharayil, D. P. (2010). Perceptions of Family of Origin among Lonely Adult Filipino Males with Schizophrenia: A Qualitative Analysis. American Journal of Men’s Health, 4(2), 111-123.
  • Tharayil, D. P. (2007). Self, Social, and Family Perceptions in Relation to Loneliness Controlling for Depression among Individuals with Schizophrenia. The Internet Journal of Mental Health, 4(1), 1-26.
  • Tharayil, D.P. (2007). Intra and Interpersonal Perceptions of Lonely Individuals Affected by Schizophrenia: A Qualitative Analysis. DANYAG: UPV Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 12(1), 29-48.
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