Dr. Dawn's Areas of Academic Research

My specific research & presentation topics include, but not limited to:


COUNSELLING & CLINICAL > Advanced trauma - informed care (e.g., family violence, family of origin abuse, PSTD, rape, car accidents, witness or experience a mass trauma, emotional exhaustion due to working with clients with traumatic histories) using a 3-phase model I created that centers around emotional regulation, attachment, and bottom-up interventions; Self-Harm & Chronic Suicide Risk; Anxiety; Group Therapy - with a focus on process rather than 'content'; Mental Health Issues (e.g., Borderline Personality Tendencies, OCD, Schizophrenia, etc.); Play Therapy; and Creative Expressive Therapies


E-LEARNING > I have written on web based video conferencing for graduate courses;  I am also very interested in studying other forms of learning that do not require a classroom based approach. 


MULTICULTURAL ISSUES > Multicultural counselling (particularly with Muslim & Arab clients) and teaching in multicultural settings. I co-edited a book,"Teaching and Learning across Cultures in Higher Education". (Of interest, I spent a number of years teaching in a Muslim country in the Middle East). I am took a group of university students to Japan (2019).


PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & EVALUATION > Relates to developing and/or evaluating programs within the counselling / school system that are designed to initiate and/or promote mental wellness (e.g., evaluate change in family violence groups, school counselling program to address bullying and helping victims of bullying, etc.) 

Research Profiles


A Sample of Dr. McBride's Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Shivji, A., & McBride, D. (2017). From traumatized to energized: Helping victim support volunteers cultivate compassion satisfaction in the face of crisis. Victims of Crime Research Digest, 11, 14-20. Retrieved from http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2018/jus/J12-3-11-2018-eng.pdf Karesa, S. & McBride, D. (2016). A sign of changing times? Perceptions of Canadian psychologists on assisted death. Canadian Psychology, 57(3), 188-192. Retrieved from http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2016-37091-006 McBride, D. (2016, September). Teaching tips to enhance the use of discussion forums. Light on Teaching; Teaching Centre at the University of Lethbridge, (2016-2017), 38-39. Retrieved from https://www.uleth.ca/sites/default/files/FINAL-WEB-LightOnTeaching_2016-17.pdf Mills, B., & McBride, D. (2016). Increasing adolescent self-esteem: Group strategies to address wellness and process. Georgia School Counselor Journal, 23, 58-67. Mills, B., & McBride, D. (2016). What is group process? Integrating process work into psychoeducational groups. Georgia School Counselor Journal, 23, 16-25. Schuilenberg, S., Warren, M. A., Crookes, A., Al Serkal, A., Donaldson, S. I., & McBride, D. (2016). Professional psychology associations in the Gulf Cooperation Council: Positive institutions whose time has come. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 2(1), 61-78. Retrieved from www.middleeastjournalofpositivepsychology.org/index.php/mejpp Siwiec, S., & McBride, D. (2016). Emotional regulation cycles in trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) across subtypes. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 10, 84-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2016.06.003 Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211364916300896 Skelton, S., & McBride, D. (2016). Social justice: Do Canadian school counsellors play a role? Canadian School Counselling Review, 1(1), 20-28. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1932195981?pq-origsite=gscholar McBride, D. (2015). When harshly criticized or verbally attacked: A six-step communication plan for teachers. The Alberta Counsellor, 34(1), 29-36. Kewley, E., & McBride, D. (2013). Ethical dilemmas that arise when mental health professionals use client data for research purposes. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 8, 1-6. No doi available. Retrieved from www.jemh.ca Gerlock, J., & McBride, D. (2013). Managing online discussion forums: Building community by avoiding the drama triangle. College Teaching, 61, 23-29. doi:10.1080/87567555.2012.713042 Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/87567555.2012.713042 Ponech, H., & McBride, D. (2013). Coming together to calm the hunger: Group therapy program for adults diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 8(4), 309-328. doi: 10.1080/1556035X.2013.836879 Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1556035X.2013.836879 Marco, A., McBride, D., & Johanson, G. (2012). Hakomi in action: A narrative. Hakomi Professional Journal, 25, 37- 48. No doi available. Retrieved from www.hakomiinstitute.com Hannigan, P., & McBride, D. (2011). Getting into the beat: Therapists’ views on the use of drumming in family violence treatment groups. The Canadian Art Therapy Journal, 24, 2-9. No doi available. Retrieved from http://canadianarttherapy.org/cata-journal McBride, D. (2010). Issues supervising family violence cases: Advocacy, ethical documentation and supervisees’ reactions. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 44(3), 283-295. No doi available. Retrieved from http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/cjc/index.php/rcc

McBride, D., & Davis, L. (2009). Utilizing web technologies in a master of counselling program. Journal of Educational Technology, 5(4), 32-38. No doi available. Retrieved from http://www.imanagerpublications.com/article/825/

Barell, A., & McBride, D. (2008). Research note: Using text-based focus groups with Middle Eastern university students. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, 5(1), 1-9. Retrieved from www.zu.ac.ae/lthe/lthe05_01_04_barrell.htm

McBride, D., & Muhlbach, P. (2008). Strategies to integrate web videoconferencing software into an online counselor education course. Journal of Educational Technology, 4(4),1-9. No doi available. Retrieved from http://imanagerpublicationsjournals.blogspot.ca/2013/02/strategies-to-integrate-web.html

McBride, D., & Korell, G. (2005). Wilderness therapy for abused women. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 39(1), 3-12. No doi available. Retrieved from http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/cjc/index.php/rcc/article/view/264

McBride, D. (2004). Becoming more culturally aware in the university classroom: Advice from a faculty member teaching in the Gulf region. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, 1, 2-15. Retrieved from http://www.zu.ac.ae/lthe/vol1/lthe01_02.html

Book(s) & Book Chapters

Currently drafting a book proposal - A Medley of Professional Development Topics for Therapists By Professor Dawn McBride.

McBride, D., & Worrall, A. (in-press). Help, I’m being yelled at by a parent: Overcoming interpersonal challenges with compassionate assertiveness (24 pages). In A. Jule (Ed.), The compassionate educator: Understanding social issues in Canadian schools. Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars.

Palfreyman, D., & McBride, D. (2008; 2010). Learning and teaching across cultures in higher education (Eds.). UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Second Printing.

McBride, D. (2008). Supervision issues in family violence cases. In S. Brooke (Ed.), The use of creative therapies with survivors of domestic violence (pp. 321-342). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

McBride, D. (2007). Preface to part II: Practice in the multicultural tertiary classroom. In D. Palfreyman & D. McBride (Eds.), Learning and teaching across cultures in higher education, (pp. 116-119). UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [second printing]

Genuis, M., Violate, C., Oddone-Paolucci, E., Robitaille, S., & McBride, D. (2000). Pilot study for the psychometric properties of the adolescent attachment. In C. Violato & E. Oddone-Paolucci (Eds.), The Changing Family and Child Development (pp. 256-267). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Educational and Instructional Materials (samples)

Rapacki, T. M., & McBride, D. L. (2014). From awareness to practice: An online workshop on bringing culture into the counseling room. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED545469.pdf

Tone, D. M., & McBride, D. L. (2013). Addressing parenting and child stress: Three workshops for parents of preschool children. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED546753.pdf

Gerlock, J. A., McBride, D. L. (2013). Managing online discussion forums: building community by avoiding the drama triangle. College Teaching, 61, 23-29. doi:10.1080/8756755.2012.713042

Cormier, A., & McBride, D. L. (2012). A mindfulness-based cognitive psychoeducational group manual for problem gambling. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED530632.pdf

Ponech, H., McBride, D. L. (2012). Coming together to calm the hunger: Group therapy program for adults diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED529918.pdf

Palmer, A., & McBride, D. L. (2012). Assessing student and faculty satisfaction in a Master of Counselling distance education program. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED533905.pdf

Musick-Neily, E. F., & McBride, D. L (2012). Men who are abusive to their female intimate partners: Incorporating family of origin work into group treatment. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED533338.pdf

Mazur-Elmer, A., & McBride, D. (2009). Treating social anxiety in adolescents: Ten group therapy lesson plans. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED506554.pdf

Kirouac, S., & McBride, D. L. (2009). The impact of childhood trauma on brain development: A literature review and supporting handouts. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED512316.pdf

Kincade, S. R., & McBride, D. (2009). CBT and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A comprehensive literature review. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED506298.pdf

Bergen Braun, R., & McBride, D. (2009). Ethics in counsellor education: A sample orientation manual.

McBride, D., & Korell, G. (2005). Wilderness therapy for abused women. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 39, 3-14. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ719916.pdf


Dr. McBride welcomes clients  & professionals of all sexualities and gender identities.

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Dr. McBride welcomes clients & professionals of all Indigenous cultures.

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