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Davis P. Tharayil, MA (Ed.) MA, Ph.D. (Clin. Psy)

Associate Faculty of Master of Counselling Program

As an Associate Faculty at the City University of Seattle in Edmonton since Winter 2020 I have been involved in teaching several courses in the Master of Counselling Program. My experience in teaching university-level courses started in 2004. I am a Provisional Psychologist in good standing at the College of Alberta Psychologists, a Certified Member of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and a Registered Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist.   The major area of concentration during the Ph.D. program and residency is in Clinical Psychology, while child and adolescent development was the supportive area. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Assessment and have been recognized as an expert witness in psychological assessment.  My clinical practice in psychology under supervision started in 2015. Empowering students to be achievers and productive members of the community has ever been my passion. I will walk with students’ journey toward the accomplishments related to the master’s degree in counselling they are dreaming of.  

Teaching Philosophy

I give more emphasis on the 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. I believe 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 metacognitive thinkers and to be accountable for their learning.

Research Interests

I certainly keep an open mind in examining adverse experiences of attachment trauma, 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.
  • CPC 502:  Diversity and Culture in Counselling
  • CPC 513: Brief Therapies
  • CPC 526: Counselling Psychology Theory
  • CPC 527: Group Counselling
  • CPC 556: Assessment in Counselling Psychology
  • CPC 695: Capstone Research Project
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