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Anju Anand

Anju Anand, PhD., R. Psych
Field Placement Coordinator, Department of Psychology

Office: AH203
Phone: 780-479-9305
Email: anju.anand@concordia.ab.ca

Courses Taught 
Individual and Social Behaviour (1st year)
Developmental Psychology (2nd year)
Interviewing and Counselling (3rd year)
Working with Families (4th year)
Field Placement Seminar I (4th year)
Adolescent Development (5th year, masters-level)

Academic and Professional Practice Interests
Applied Developmental Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Community-based Research
Psycho-spiritual Development
Eastern and Indigenous approaches to healing

Research and Interests
Since becoming a Registered Psychologist in 2001, Dr. Anand spent many years as a school psychologist and a counselling psychologist, with competencies in assessment and psychotherapy. She has practiced primarily with children, youth, and families in mostly non-profit and public sector settings, such as family agencies, learning centres, schools, and colleges. Dr. Anand has been especially interested in marginalized youth populations such as high risk adolescents and young adults who have been in government care, and she completed her PhD dissertation in this area in 2017. She is passionate about supporting undergraduate psychology students to develop skills for careers in psychology and the human services after graduation, which is why she assumed the role of Psychology Field Placement Coordinator in 2020. Dr. Anand intends to incorporate more attention to community development, anti-oppressive practices, and social justice in the Applied Emphasis program, through community-based participatory research that is engaged in by both students and community partners.

Scholarly Presentations

Anand, A. (2011, April). Exploring the social exclusion of high risk youth: An overview of social and psychological theories for understanding high risk youth. Presented at the Edmonton Community Mental Health Symposium, Stanley A. Milner Library, Edmonton, Alberta.

Anand, A. (2010, August). Exploring the social exclusion of high risk youth: A research proposal. Presented at the facilitator meeting for High Risk Youth Uncensored: An Educational Exchange, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Anand, A. (2010, March). Developing relationships for developing youth: A program evaluation design for the High Risk Youth Unit. Poster presented at the Educational Psychology Graduate Students’ Research Colloquium, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Anand, A. (2009, April). Double-edged codes: My experience with coding as a school psychologist. Presented at the forum on Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities Coding: “Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them”, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Anand, A. (2009, February). Safe streets: Using social geography to understand social exclusion and criminal victimization in high risk youth. Presented at the Community Partnership Enhancement Forum, Edmonton, Alberta

Klassen, R.M., Anand, A., Cook, K., Georgis, R., & Leenaars-Kastronic, L. (2009, March). Research beyond borders: Challenges and rewards of a research practicum in community-based educational psychology. Presented at the Community University Engagement Showcase, Edmonton, Alberta.