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Kevin St. Arnaud

Dr. Kevin St. Arnaud, 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 605, Ethical & Professional Issues in Psychological Practice
PSY 611, Quantitative Data Analysis
PSY 669, Adult Psychopathology, Diagnosis, and Complex Case Conceptualization

Academic & Clinical Interest
Existential Psychology
Positive Adult Developmental Psychology
Transpersonal Psychology
Psychedelics and Entheogens
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.” A central focus has been studying the role for psychedelic substances, particularly when used as entheogens, to facilitate this unfolding process of growth and adjustment throughout adulthood. Relatedly, I am interested in the relationship between psychospiritual development, mortality salience, and existential anxiety. This dovetails with my research on self-transcendence and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for end-of-life distress.

A secondary area of my research interest concerns the implications of common factors theory for the training of applied psychologists. In particular, I am interested in the developmental and personality factors associated with highly effective psychotherapists. Part of my research considers the implications of these variables for the training and supervision of trainee psychologists.

Representative Publications
St. Arnaud, K. O. (in press). Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for existential suffering: Facilitating self-transcendence at the end-of-life. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.

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.

St. Arnaud, K. O. (2017). Encountering the wounded healer: Parallel process and supervision. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 51, 131-144.