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Athabasca University

Dr. Gina Wong

Associate Professor

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Education

  • Ph.D. (1997-2002) Completed Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology. Dissertation titled: Reflective Practice in Counsellor Education & Development.
  • M.Sc. (1996-1997) Completed M.Sc. at the University of Alberta in the Department of Human Ecology, Family Ecology & Practice. Thesis titled: Family Incidents: Impacting Hope of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. .
  • B.A. (1989-94) Completed B.A. at the University of Alberta in Linguistics with a minor in Psychology.

Professional Designations and Affiliations

I am a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists; and Psychologists' Association of Alberta. I am a Board member with the Museum of Motherhood in New York City. I am an Alberta co-coordinator with Postpartum Support International and founded and direct the Maternal Mental Health Progress in Canada, which is a four-pronged initiative involving: (1) Advocacy, (2) Research and Scholarship, (3) Education and Training, and (4) Service Delivery. Within the research and scholarship initiative, I run the Athabasca University Maternal Mental Health Research and Advocacy Team consisting of researchers across Canada interested in perinatal mental health scholarship.

Research Interests

I am a strong advocate who enjoys publishing and presenting nationally and internationally on maternal mental health and wellness issues from feminist and cross-cultural perspectives. My program of research primarily focuses on mothering experiences. I have edited "Moms Gone Mad: Motherhood and Madness Oppression and Resistance" (2012, Demeter Press) which is a culmination of the 2009 International Conference in New York City. I have co-edited a book “East Asian Mothering: Politics and Practices” with Patti Duncan (2014, Demeter Press). My forthcoming co-edited book is Infanticide & Filicide: Foundations in Maternal Mental Health Forensics (2020, American Psychiatric Association). My research emphasis is focused on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, particularly mothers who commit infanticide or filicide.

Clinical Interests

I am the mother of two daughters, a son and hold a M.Sc. in Family Ecology and Practice and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. I am a Registered Psychologist licensed within the province of Alberta and maintain a limited private and consulting practice.

I enjoy - counselling couples. I've received training in Gottman Couples' Therapy, Level I and received training in Hakomi Therapy. More specifically, I specialize in counselling adolescent girls and women. I provide therapy surrounding issues pertaining to postpartum mood disorders; body image, disordered eating, sexual and intimacy issues, cross-cultural issues, interrelationship issues, mother-daughter issues, fertility issues, sexual abuse, grief and bereavement; career-related issues, and coping and living with illness.

Recent Publications

Published Books

Wong, G., & Parnham, P. (Eds.) (in preparation). INFANTICIDE AND FILICIDE: Foundations in maternal mental health forensics. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc.

Duncan, P., & Wong, G. (Eds.). (2014). Mothering in East Asian communities: Politics and practices. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G. (Ed.). (2012). Moms gone mad: Motherhood and Madness Oppression and Resistance. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong-Wylie, G. (2010). Counsellor know thyself: Growing ourselves, shaping our professional practice, and enhancing education through reflective practice. VDM Verlag Press, Saarbruken: Germany.

Underline denotes graduate student

Book Chapters

Wong, G. (2018) A Chinese mother’s journey to self: 冇用 Moh-Yoong. In S. Collins (Ed.), Embracing cultural responsivity and social justice: Re-shaping professional identity in counselling psychology [EPub version].
Retrieved from https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/

Henriques, T., & Wong, G. (2018). The pervasive discourse of mononormativity: Text Box. In S. Collins (Ed.), Embracing cultural responsivity and social justice: Re-shaping professional identity in counselling psychology [EPub version].
Retrieved from https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/

Duncan, P., & Wong, G. (2014). Mothering in East Asian communities: Challenges and possibilities. In A. O’Reilly (Ed.). Mothers, Mothering and Motherhood Across Cultural Differences. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G. (2013). Matroreform: Reforming motherhood, reforming mothering. In A. O’Reilly (Ed.). What do Mothers Need: Motherhood Activists and Scholars Speak Out on Maternal Empowerment for the 21st Century. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G. (2012). Images and echoes of mothering. In R. Jevne (Ed.). Images and Echoes in Photography.

Wong, G. (2012). Matroreform: Toward Collapsing the Mother’s Panopticon. In G. Wong (Ed.). Moms gone mad: Motherhood and madness oppression and resistance. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G., & Twomey, T (2012). Postpartum psychosis: A mother of madness. In G. Wong (Ed.). Moms gone mad: Motherhood and madness oppression and resistance. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Wong, G. & Bell, K. (2012). Reconceiving and reconceptualizing postpartum depression. In G. Wong (Ed.). Moms gone mad: Motherhood and madness oppression and resistance. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Published OP-ED (picked up by multiple sources)

Peer Reviewd Journal Publications

Sawers, M., & Wong, G. (2018). Pregnancy and Childbirth: Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) and Support for New Mothers. Journal of the motherhood initiative for research and community involvement (JMI).

Walker, A., & Wong, G. (2018). Working with clients who choose Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): A new landscape for counsellors. Canadian Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy, 52, 366-385.

Cassidy, T., & Wong, G. (2018). Impact of mononormativity on the therapy process: Providing counselling service to consensually non-monogamous clients. Canadian Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy, 52, 119-139.

Academic Conferences/Keynotes

Wong, G. (April 2019). Recognizing the role of trauma in mothers who kill their children. Plenary Session to be presented at the M.O.M. Conference Rewriting Trauma and Visibility: Motherwork, Pregnancy, and Birth, April 5-6, 2019, New York, USA.

Copithorne, S., & Wong, G. (April 2019). Exploring birth trauma and postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (P-PTSD). Paper to be presented at the M.O.M. Conference Rewriting Trauma and Visibility: Motherwork, Pregnancy, and Birth, April 5-6, 2019, New York, USA.

Wong, G., Corkett, A., Rock, K., & Shekarak Ghashghaei, N. (May 2019). Mothers who kill: Representations of maternal filicide in Canadian mass media (Conversation Café). Paper to be presented to the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference May 13-16, 2019, Moncton, New Brunswick.

Collins, S., Yasynskyy, Y., Wong, G., & Nuttgens, S. (January 2019). Ensuring competency development in counsellor education through learning outcomes tracking, course mapping, and authentic assessment. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 4-6, 2019, Honolulu, USA.

Wong, G., Rock, K., Corkett, A., & Shekarak Ghashghaei, N. (October 2018). Maternal filicide: Qualitative media analysis of news articles (preliminary results). Paper presented at the Athabasca University 2018 Graduate Student Research Conference, Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities. Edmonton, Alberta.

Wong, G. (October 2018). Elephant in the room: Maternal mental health in Canada. Paper presented at the Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference, Advocating for Ourselves, Advocating for our Community: Canadian Counselling Psychology into the Next Decade and Beyond, Calgary, Alberta.

Wong, G. (accepted for March, 2019). What it takes to be a perinatal expert witness in maternal infanticide, filicide, and/or neonaticide cases in North America. Paper accepted to the 8th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health hosted by the International Association for Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH) in collaboration with La Société Marce Francophone (SMF), Paris.

Wong, G. & Parnham, G. (July, 2018). Becoming a perinatal expert witness in maternal filicide cases: Theories and case conceptualizations. Paper presented at the Postpartum Support International 31st Annual Conference, Houston, Texas.

Gray, L., Rempel, G., & Wong, G. (May, 2018). The use of video teleconferencing as a qualitative method of data collection. Paper presented at the Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff, AB.

Wong, G., Rempel, G., Fraser, S., DeRoo, M., & Gray, L. (May, 2017). Best practices in evaluating a relationship-based intervention: The 8-week Circle of Security Parenting. Panel program presented at the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Annual Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Hykawy, C. & Wong, G. (May, 2017). #Fitspo: Adolescent girls’ and mothers’ storied experiences of consuming female body ideals via social media presented at the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Annual Conference (May 16-19), St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Wong, G. (July, 2017). 冇用 Moh-Yoong: A Chinese mother’s journey through postpartum anxiety presented at the Postpartum Support International 30th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Laverly, R., Rempel, G., Wong, G. (October, 2017). Perceptions of behaviour change: A Circle of Security parenting perspective. Paper to be presented at the Athabasca University Graduate Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.

Funding Support

Wong, G. (PI). (2019). Becoming a Perinatal/Maternal mental health expert witness: Lived experiences of novice and veteran experts in filicide and infanticide court cases in Canada and the United States. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Explore Grant. [DATES: 2018-10-01 to 2019-07-05].

Fraser, S. (PI), Rempel, G., Wong, G., & Rinaldi, C. (2016). Evaluating the Circle of Security© relationship-based parenting program through repeated Parent-child Mutuality observations and repeated self-report measures of Reflective Functioning: Final Pilot phase. Athabasca University Academic Research Fund. [DATES: 2016-03-14 to 2016-08-31].

Rempel, G. (PI), Wong, G., Fraser, S., & Rinaldi, C. (2015-2016). Evaluating the Circle of Security© relationship-based parenting program through parent-child observations: Pilot Phase 3. Athabasca University Academic Research Fund. [DATES: 2015-10-15 to 2016-02-12].

Wong, G. (PI), Rempel, G R., Pitre, N., Cook, K. F. (2015). Ensuring intervention fidelity of Circle of Security program facilitation and capacity building with Alberta COS-P evaluation research team: Generating qualitative data to study facilitators' reflective functioning. Athabasca University Academic Research Fund. [DATES: 2015-04-01 to 2015-08-30].

Rempel, G. (PI), & Wong, G. (2015). Capacity building for Circle of Security Research. Athabasca University Research Centre Discretionary Fund. [DATES: 2015-01-19 to 2015-03-31].

Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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