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Kevin St. Arnaud

Kevin St. Arnaud, PhD, Rpsych
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychology
Concordia University of Edmonton

Office: AW233
Email: kevin.st.arnaud@concordia.ab.ca

PhD in Counselling Psychology (CPA-accredited), University of Alberta
Pre-doctoral Internship, Cross Cancer Institute
MEd in Counselling Psychology, University of Alberta
BSc in Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

Courses Taught
PSY 339, Abnormal Psychology
PSY 605, Ethical & Professional Issues in Psychological Practice
PSY 611, Quantitative Data Analysis
PSY 669, Adult Psychopathology, Diagnosis, and Complex Case Conceptualization
PSY 838, Clinical Psychology Practicum I

Academic & Clinical Interest
Positive Adult Developmental Psychology
Existential Psychology
Transpersonal Psychology
Psychosocial Oncology & Palliative Care
Psychedelics & Psychoactive Substance Use

Research Interests
My research is primarily concerned with positive adult development, or what Abraham Maslow described as the “farther reaches of human nature.” I am particularly interested in the role of peak and plateau states in the process of psychospiritual growth throughout adulthood. A central focus has been studying the role for psychoactive substances in promoting optimal mental health and well-being through enhanced access to awe and related states. This dovetails with my clinical interest in existential anxiety and the use of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in psychosocial oncology and palliative care. I am particularly concerned with the relationship between loss and grief and the developmental process of self-transcendence.

Representative Publications

  • St. Arnaud, K. O., & Sharpe, D.  (2022). Opening to awe: Psychedelic-assisted self-transcendence and positive adult development. Journal of Adult Development, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10804-022-09419-2
  • St. Arnaud, K. O., & Sharpe, D.  (2022). Contextual parameters associated with positive and negative mental health in recreational psychedelic users. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, https://10.1080/02791072.2022.2039815
  • St. Arnaud, K. O. (2021). Toward a positive psychology of psychoactive drug use. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.2002816
  • St. Arnaud, K. O. (2019). Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for existential suffering: Facilitating self-transcendence at the end-of-life. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2019.38.2.31
  • St. Arnaud, K. O., & Cormier, D. C. (2017). Psychosis or spiritual emergency: The potential of developmental psychopathology for differential diagnosis. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 6, 44-59, https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2017.36.2.44