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Athabasca University

Dr. Emily Doyle

Academic Coordinator/Practicum Coordinator


  • Ph.D. (2015, University of Calgary), Counselling Psychology
  • M.Ed. (2007, Campus Alberta Applied Psychology Initiative (CAAP)) Masters of Counselling Psychology
  • B.A. (1998, Dalhousie University) BA Advanced Double Major in Psychology and English


Clinical Background

Addictions counselling, systemic family therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, counselling youth and adolescents, experiential learning and wilderness-based therapy

Scholarship and Research Interests

Post-modernism in counselling and research, narrative therapy, discourse analysis, institutional ethnography, family therapy

Other Information

I joined the Athabasca University team as an academic coordinator in 2013, but this isn’t my first affiliation with GCAP – I graduated from the program in 2007. Since then I have completed my PhD in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary and registered as a Psychologist in Alberta.

Professional Associations

Member of CCPA, PAA, and Registered Psychologist (AB)


Dan Wulff, Sally St. George, Karl Tomm, Emily Doyle, and Monica Sesma (2015). Unpacking the PIPs to HIPs Curiosity: A Narrative Study. Journal of Systemic Therapies: Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 45-58. doi: 10.1521/jsyt.2015.34.2.45

Mudry, T.; Strong, T.; Sametband, I.; Rogers-de Jong, M.; Gaete, J.; Merrit, S.; Doyle, E., & Ross, K (2015).  Internalized other interviewing in relational therapy: Three discursive approaches to understanding its use and outcomes. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12110


Doyle, E. (2015, May). Who puts the “self” in self-esteem? A discussion around the helpful (and maybe not so helpful?) self-esteem might be addressed in therapy. Workshop presented at the CCPA Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, ON.

Doyle, E. (2014, June). Constructing the “client”: A critical examination of institutional discourse of addiction, recovery, and treatment. Paper presented at TAOS Institute Conference “Beyond the therapeutic state: Collaborative practices for individual and social change” in Drammen, Norway.

Strong, T., Sesma-Vazquez, M., Ross, K., Mudry, T., Doyle, E. & Pickering, B. (2014, June). “Expert therapeutic” discourse: A contextualized look at its influence, alternatives, and counter-practices. Collaborative workshop presented at TAOS Institute Conference “Beyond the therapeutic state: Collaborative practices for individual and social change” in Drammen, Norway.

Mudry, T. & Doyle, E. (2014, May). Applying a CBT intervention to the application of a CBT intervention. Workshop presented at the CCPA 2014 Annual Conference in Victoria, BC.

Rogers, M., Doyle, E., & Ross, K. (2013, October). Negotiating the context of an internalized other interview. NASPR 2013: Beyond the Brand: What Makes Psychotherapy Work? in Memphis, TN.

Rankin, J., Doyle, E., Waters, N., Fast, O., & Pomerleau, S. (2013, August). Teaching institutional ethnography across disciplines: The IE working group. SSSP 2013: Moving Beyond Social Constructionism in New York, NY.

Strong, T., Gaete Silva, J., Sametband, I., French, J., Mudry, T., & Doyle, E. (2011, July). Conversational identity-work and discourses of recovery. PCP 2011: 19th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, Pushing the Boundaries of Constructivism: Collaborating Across Theories, Applications, and Methods in Boston, MA.

Doyle, E., Mudry, T., Strong, T., French, J., Sametband, I., & J. Gaete Silva (2011, April). Discourses and self-narratives of recovery: Identity work and discursive resources. Poster presented at the AGRI Engaging the Big Questions in Gambling Studies conference, Banff.

Doyle, E. (2010, May). Challenges facing students and practitioners in working with dominant discourses. In M. Anderson, E. Doyle, J. French, & H. Massfeller, Bridging the space between scientist and practitioner in counselling psychology. Symposium conducted at the Faculty of Education Research Conference, University of Calgary.

Doyle, E. (2010, April). Constructions of self-esteem in addictions counselling. Poster presented at the TAOS Institute Conference on Collaborative and Dialogic Practices, Cancun, Mexico.

Doyle, E. (2009, May). How psychology has constructed self-esteem: A historical perspective. Paper presentation conducted at the University of Calgary Graduate Students Association Research Conference.

Doyle, E., Djuraskovic, I., Saraceni, R., & Cairns, S. (2008, June). The need for individual counselling evaluation. In S. Cairns, E. Doyle, I. Djuraskovic, & R. Saraceni, The advancement of program development and evaluation knowledge and skills through a flexible applied graduate course. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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