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 areas:

Clinical 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
  • Complex mind-body phenomena and their impact on psychological well-being, using Rossi (2003) as a framework
  • Assessment and diagnosis of FASD across the lifespan

Regulatory Issues

  • Supervision
  • Business models in professional psychology
  • Training of diligence and judgment in a competency model for professional psychology
  • Regulation of distance delivery of primary psychology training
  • Future trends in professional psychology

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, I am an integral component in any knowledge and meaning-making activity. This has resulted in a focus on case study methods, phenomenological-hermeneutic methods, and analytic induction. I have been exploring Actor Network Theory, and Friston’s computational models as exploratory and explanatory frameworks in counselling and in research.

Clinical Practice

Paul Jerry delivers professional services in general clinical and educational psychology. This includes neurodevelopmental assessment in conjunction with the regional FASD clinic, which in turn informs research projects. Consultation services include supervision of clinical work including provisional psychology hours.

Recent Publications

MacMullin, K., Jerry, P., & Cook, K. (2020). Psychotherapist experiences with telepsychotherapy: Pre COVID-19 lessons for a post COVID-19 world. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 30(2), 248-264. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/int0000213

Jerry, P. (2016). Issues in ethics and methods in virtual world research. In DeCoursey, C.A. & Dean A.F. Gui (Eds.) Games, Leadership and Learning in Virtual Environments, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK.

Jerry, P. (2016). Physiological responses to virtual spaces: Exploring the Oculus Rift and the experience of virtual simulation illness. In Virtual Worlds: The Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Intersections, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK. Ch 7, pp 67-80.

Al Lily, A.E., et al. (Jerry, P. #10 in author list of 99). (2016). Academic domains as political battlegrounds: A global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology. Information Development, Vol 33(3). (Available: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0266666916646415

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

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).

Qasqas, M., & Jerry, P. (2014). Counselling Muslims: A culture-infused anti-discriminatory approach. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 48(1), 57-76.

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. (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

Jerry, P. The imprecise art of predicting the future of learning in higher education. CNIE 2019: Educational Disruptions and Transformations, Vancouver, BC., May 22-24, 2019.

Clapper, L., & Jerry, P. Proposal of using latent profile analysis to create pathognomonic FASD diagnostics. 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Research, Results and Relevance, Vancouver BC, March 6-9, 2019.

Samaroden, M., & Jerry, P. Challenges and resiliency in aboriginal adults with FASD, 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Research, Results and Relevance, Vancouver BC, March 6-9, 2019.

Zelent, B., & Jerry, P. Mitigating the stress response in children affected by PAE . 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Research, Results and Relevance, Vancouver BC, March 6-9, 2019.

Jerry, P. The imprecise art of predicting the future of learning in health. (Invited Presentation). 2a Conferencia Internacional de Inovacao em Saude, Natal, Brasil Oct 30-Nov 1, 2018.

Jerry, P., & Clapper, L. Assessment profiles of a community-based cohort of adults with FASD: Results of a pilot clinic. 8th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD. Vancouver BC, April 18-21, 2018.

Jerry, P. 10-year assessment profile of a regional FASD clinic in Alberta. 2017 National FASD Conference, Calgary, AB, October 25-27, 2017.

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

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.


Past President, College of Alberta Psychologists (2010, 2017)

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

Outstanding Distinction Award for AU Faculty, September 2015.