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Jill Taggart, Ph.D., R.C.C.

On July 1st, 2018, CityU announced that Jill Taggart had been named Associate Dean of the School of Education, Canadian Programs. Jill has done an amazing job of growing the Education programs in Canada. Her work will benefit/complement our education work in other parts of the university. She also has a passion for research and will coordinate our research efforts in Canada.

Jill arrived in Vancouver in 2011 and began teaching at City University in both the Masters of Education and Masters of Counselling program.  In 2013 she was appointed as Professor and Director of Canadian Education programs at CityU in Canada, responsible for our MEd in Leadership and MEd in School Counselling. CityU Canada has programs in B.C. and Alberta.  In BC classes are held throughout the lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.  In Alberta CityU operates a MEd in Leadership in Red Deer.

I am a co-founding member of the Human Animal Research Institute (HARI) with colleagues in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University. HARI’s  aim is to research the effectiveness of  animal assisted therapy in at-risk child and youth populations.  I have presented my research at the International Association for Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) in Japan (2007) and Sweden (2010).

Before returning to academia, I worked for the Federal Government in Ottawa and at the Canadian High Commission in London, UK. I also ran my own marketing consultancy.

I have come to CityU with a research and clinical counselling background:  a Master of Science in Research Methods and Statistics,  a MSc in Behavioural Psychology and a Ph.D. in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Southampton in the UK.  I am passionate about the influences of early attachment relationships on personal and professional identity development and this has been the theme in my research and clinical practice.  I am particularly interested in investigating K-12 leaders’ and school counsellors’ own attachment history as a predictor of interaction style.  I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and also see counselling clients in private practice.


At CityU, In addition to my program management role, I teach the following courses on the Master of Counselling program: Introduction to Counselling Skills; Culture and Diversity in Counselling; Development and Sexuality, Research Methods, Thesis Superivison and Pracicum Supervision.  On the MEd program I teach Child and Adolescent Development and Research Methods, Counselling Theories and Thesis supervision.

  • Introduction to School-Based Counselling (ECC 514)
  • Leadership and Counselling Diverse Cultures in Education (ECC 515)
  • Family Systems and Conflict (ECC 516)
  • Child and Adolescent Growth and Development (EGC 533)
  • Mental Health Issues in Schools (EGC 539)
  • Capstone Project (EGC 640, 641, 650, 651)
  • 2005-present: Clinical Counsellor, Private Practice
  • 2009-2011: Researcher/Part-Time Instructor, University of Southampton
  • 2005-2007: Clinic Counsellor/Practicum Supervisor, University of Southampton Behaviour Clinic
  • 1998-2007: Managing Director, Jill Taggart Marketing
  • BA, University of Toronto, 1981
  • MSc, Psychology (Applied Behaviour), University of Southampton, UK:  2005
  • MSc, Psychological Research Methods  & Statistics (Distinction), University of Southampton, 2006
  • Ph.D., Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Southampton, 2010
  • Taggart, J. (2016). Attachment Security in the Classroom. A Proposed Professional
  • Development Framework for Teachers. In (Eds) Flores, K.A., Kirstein, K.D., Schieber, C. & Olswang, S.G., Supporting The Success of Adult and Online Students (pp. 169-183.), Seattle: Flores, Kirstein, Schieber, Olswang.
  • White-Taggart, J.M., McBride, E.A., Redhead, E. S. (2010). The Relationship Between Owner Behaviour and Dog Attachment Security in the Strange Situation Test. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, 5(1), 47.



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