Dr. Emily Doyle

Academic Coordinator

Emily Doyle


  • Ph.D. (2015, University of Calgary), Counselling Psychology
  • MC (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

Systemic family therapy, narrative therapy, addictions and recovery, counselling youth and adolescents, experiential learning and wilderness-based therapy.

Scholarship and Research Interests

Institutional Ethnography, collaborative, dialogical interactions, post-modernism in counselling and research, discourse analysis, narrative therapy, and family therapy.

Other Information

I joined the Athabasca University GCAP team as an Academic Coordinator in 2013, but that wasn’t my first affiliation with GCAP – I graduated from the Master of Counselling program in 2007. Since then I have completed my PhD in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary, and I am currently a Registered Psychologist in Alberta.

Professional Associations

College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA)

TAOS Institute Associate

American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)


Doyle, E. M. (2020). Making Up Clients: Critically Considering the Institutional Construction of Clienthood and Social Organization of Recovery. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Critical Perspectives in Mental Health

Mudry, T. E., Strong, T., Doyle, E. M., & Sapacz, M. (2020). Doing recovery work together: Clients’ and counsellors’ social, discursive, and institutional practices. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Doing Recovery Work Together: Clients’ and Counsellors’ Social, Discursive, and Institutional Practices

Petrovic, K., Doyle, E., Lane, A., & Corcoran, L. (2019). The work of preparing Canadian nurses for a licensure exam originating from the USA: A nurse educator’s journey into the institutional organization of the NCLEX-RN. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 16(1). doi:10.1515/ijnes-2018-0052

Doyle, E. & Gosnell, F. (2019). Performing social justice in family therapy: Exploring the assumptions between the *isms and the *ings. Embracing Cultural Sensitivity and Social Justice: Re-Shaping Professional Identity in Counselling Psychology (S. Collins, Editor). Counselling Concepts, Victoria BC

Strong, T., Sesma-Vazquez, M., Ross, K. H., Mudry, T., Doyle, E., & Pickering, B. (2018). Expert therapeutic discourse, practices and counter-practices across six service contexts. International Journal of Collaborative Practice, 8(1), pp. 1-19.

Doyle, E. (2017). Proposing an ethic of responsiveness. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 36(3), pp.39-51. https://doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2017.36.3.39

Wulff, D., St. George, S., Tomm, K., Doyle, E. & Sesma, M. (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, 42(1), pp. 168-184. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12110

Doyle, E. (2015). “Recovery” in action: An institutional ethnography of Addictions Counselling Work (Doctoral dissertation). University of Calgary, AB.


Doyle, E. (2019). It’s not just about the –isms, it’s also about the –ings: Bringing social justice into our work in the therapy room. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Doyle, E., St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (2018). It’s not just about the –isms, it’s also about the –ings: bringing social justice into the therapy room Presented at the TAOS Institute 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee and Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Mudry, T., Doyle, E., & Strong, T. (2018). Envisioning a better future for recovery practices. Presented at the TAOS Institute 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee and Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Mudry, T., Doyle, E., Freeman, E. A., & Chang, J. (2018). Couple and Family Therapy in Counselling Psychology: Competence and Context. Presented at the Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference in Calgary, AB.

Nuttgens, S., Doyle, E. & Chang, J. (2017). Patchwork: Family adaptation and interaction in the context of parental employment in the Alberta Oil Sands. Paper presented at the CCPA Annual Conference in St. John’s, NFLD.

Strong, T., Mudry, T., Doyle, E. & Sapacz, M. (2017). Placing addiction and recovery in a discourse social practice framework. Paper presented at the CCPA Annual Conference in St. John’s, NFLD.

Doyle, E. (2017). Re-considering social justice: Performing the “isms” and the “ings” in daily practice. Poster presented at TAOS Institute International Conference of Collaborative and Dialogic Practices in Tenerife, Spain.

Nepustil, P., Mudry. T., Doyle, E., Ness, O. (2017). Recovery as social practice: Supporting clients in recovery both inside and outside of the counselling relationship. Paper presented at TAOS Institute International Conference of Collaborative and Dialogic Practices in Tenerife, Spain.

Sesma-Vazquez, M., Doyle, E. & Tomm. K. (2016). Deconstructing mental illness discourses: A PIPs and HIPs framework to work with interpersonal meanings, patterns, and interactions. Workshop presented at IACAPAP in Calgary, Alberta.

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.

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. (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, Calgary, AB.

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, Calgary, AB.

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, NS.