Dr. Paul Jerry, R. Psych.


Paul Jerry



  • Ph.D. (2001, University of Calgary), Faculty of Education, Graduate Division of Education Research
    Dissertation titled: Journey of the Everyday Mystic: A Phenomenological-Experiential Exploration of Transpersonal Experience
  • M.A. Comparative Psychology (1989, Lesley College [now University])
    Thesis titled: The Effects of Nostril Dominance on Reaction Time and Arousal.
  • B.A. Experimental Psychology (1987, University of Calgary)

Professional Designations and Affiliations

  • Registered Psychologist (Alberta)


  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Primary Research Interests

My research and scholarly interests emerge directly from my clinical work, are reflected in the work of students I supervise, and fall into roughly three distinct areas:

Clinical Experience

  • "Common factors" as an explanatory model for counselling experience
  • Psychoanalytic theory, particularly brief therapy models, Malan's structural dynamic model, Winnicott's theoretical and clinical work in development, and Lacan, specifically the “early” and “middle” Lacan where language and the structural unconscious are key concepts
  • Transpersonal psychology and (non-denominational) spirituality in psychotherapy
  • Complex mind-body phenomena and their impact on psychological well-being, using Rossi (2003) as a framework
  • Art therapy as a neurodevelopmentally grounded intervention

Regulatory Issues

  • Supervision practice including remediation of supervision difficulties
  • Business models and practices in professional psychology
  • Training of diligence and judgment in a competency model for professional psychology
  • Regulation of distance delivery of primary psychology training

The Virtual World

  • Adult web-based/distributed education models
  • Online virtual community management using counselling theory
  • Techno-ethics and professional practice

Within these three areas, I work from a "counsellor-as-researcher" model. I am necessarily immersed in the clinical or the educational process with clients or students, and as such, am an integral component in any knowledge and meaning-making activity. This has resulted in using case study methods, and phenomenological-hermeneutic methods (informed by psychoanalytic theory and practice in this methodological context -e.g., Ricoeur, Ogden, and others.)

Clinical Practice

Paul Jerry Consulting Psychology, Inc., delivers professional services in general clinical and educational psychology. This includes neurodevelopmental assessment in conjunction with the regional FASD clinic. Consultation services include supervision of clinical work including supervision of provisional psychology hours.

Recent Publications

Jerry, P. & Tavares-Jones, N. (2015). Virtual Worlds: The Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Intersections. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK.

Jerry, P., & Tavares-Jones, N. (2014). Mobile Accessibility of Virtual Worlds: 
The Second Life Experience. In Gregory, S., Tavares-Jones, N., & Jerry, P. (Title forthcoming). Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK. Ch and pp forthcoming.

Godard, G., & Jerry, P. (2013). The holding environment in child therapy. In J. Chang (Ed.). Creative Interventions with Children: A Transtheoretical Approach. Calgary: Family Psychology Press, Ch. 32, 181-186.

Jerry, P. (2013). The courtship hypothesis and Second Life: Explaining sexual behaviour in a virtual world (extended commissioned version). In M. Childs & G. Withnail (Eds.). Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK. Ch. 6, 115-132. (ISBN: 978-1-84888-189-1).

Jerry, P. (2013). Methods and ethics in virtual world research: The Second Life experience. (p. 249-260).  In Jerry, P., Tavares-Jones, N., & Gregory, S. (2013). Riding the Hype Cycle: The Resurgence of Virtual Worlds. Oxfordshire, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press (ISBN 978-1-84888-234-8). Available: https://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/online-store/ebooks/digital-humanities/riding-the-hype-cycle-the-resurgence-of-virtual-worlds

Qasqas, M., & Jerry, P. (2014). Counselling Muslims: A culture-infused anti-discriminatory approach. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 48(1), 57-76. http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/cjc/index.php/rcc/article/view/960/2507

Chandree L Beaulieu, Lijia Huang, A Micheil Innes, Marie-Andree Akimenko, Erik G Puffenberger, Charles Schwartz, Paul Jerry, Carole Ober, Robert A Hegele, D Ross McLeod, Jeremy Schwartzentruber, Jacek Majewski, Dennis E Bulman, Jillian S Parboosingh and Kym M Boycott. (2013). Intellectual disability associated with a homozygous missense mutation in THOC6. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2013, 8:62 doi:10.1186/1750-1172-8-62 Published: 26 April 2013

Jerry, P., & Tavares-Jones, N. (2012). Reflections on identity and learning in a virtual world: The avatar in Second Life. In Jerry, P., Masters, Y., & Tavares-Jones, N. (2012). Utopia and a Garden Party. Oxfordshire, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press (ISBN 978-1-84888-140-2).

Jerry, P. (2010). The Journey of the Everyday Mystic: Stories of personal transformation and the methods used to study them. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. ISBN 978-3639234855

Dales, S., & Jerry, P. (2008). Attachment, affect regulation and mutual synchrony in adult psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 62(3), 283-312.

Conference Presentations

Hillier, K., & Jerry, P. (2015). Can a therapist help a witch? International Psychoanalytic Association Annual Congress, Boston, MA. July 23-26.

Jerry, P. (2015). Physiological responses to virtual spaces: Exploring the Oculus Rift and the experience of virtual simulation illness. ELVW5, May 9-11, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Jerry, P. & Tavares-Jones, N. (2015). A Review of Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds conference themes: What are we saying? How are we changing? ELVW5, May 9-11, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Jerry, P. (2014). Ethical Reasoning with Emerging Technologies in the Professional Practice of Psychology. College of Alberta Psychologists Annual Meeting and PD Day, Calgary AB: Sept 27, 2014.

Jerry, P. (2014). Technology in Counselling: Inevitable, Predictable and Ethical. Panel Presentation as part of Murphy, L. Re-Visioning the future: A mapping of the whole of our field online. CCPA Annual Conference, May 7-9, 2014, Victoria BC.

Jerry P., Draper, K., Hammond, N., & Rempel, J. (2014). Counselling the self in the net: Satisfying needs for social support and developmental growth online. Panel presentations, International Association for Counselling Annual Conference, May 3-7, 2014, Victoria BC.

Jerry, P., Gosnell, F., Kelava, K., & Stewart, R. (2014). The cultural narratives of everyday life: An exploration of the contexts that sustain “unwellness” and challenge counsellors in their work.  Panel presentations, International Association for Counselling Annual Conference, May 3-7, 2014, Victoria BC.

Jerry, P. (2013). Emerging technologies and issues in psychology. College of Alberta Psychologists Annual Meeting and PD Day, Edmonton AB: Sept 21, 2013.

Jerry, P. (2013). Virtual worlds in counselling and education. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Annual Meeting, Counsellor Educators Chapter, invited keynote, Halifax, NS, May 15-17 2013.

Jerry, P. (2013). Methods and ethics in virtual world research: The Second Life experience. Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds 3rd Annual Conference, Lisbon, PT, March 7-9, 2013.

Jerry, P. & Tavares-Jones, N. (2012).  Reflections on Identity and Learning in a Virtual World: The Avatar in Second Life. Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds 2nd Annual Conference, Prague, CZ, March 13-15, 2012.

Jerry, P., & Davies, J. (2010). Continuing Competence Program. College of Alberta Psychologists Annual Professional Development Day, Calgary, AB, September 25, 2010.

Jerry, P. (2010). The business of professional psychology: Ideas for building a successful private practice.[Conversation Session.] Canadian Psychology [Annual Convention Issue].


Psychologists Association of Alberta Excellence in teaching Psychology Award, May 2015.

Outstanding Distinction Award for AU Faculty, September 2015.

Associate Editor, Language Arts and Literature, Taylor & Francis, UK: Print: ISSN 2372-9767 Online: ISSN 2372-9775 (2014-ongoing)

Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds (ID.Net) Steering Committee (2012-present, renewed 2014-2017)