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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Terry Mitchell

Dr. Terry Mitchell

Associate Professor, Psychology

Contact Information
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext.2052   |  lab 4253

Office Location: N2075D (Science Building)
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Personal Website:
Academic Background

  Ph.D. University of Toronto, OISE

  Registered Psychologist(#3798)


Terry Mitchell is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, in the faculty of Science, at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a registered psychologist with a private practice and is director of the Laurier Indigenous Health and Social Justice Research Group. Her research focuses on the impacts of colonial trauma, Aboriginal rights and governance issues.

She received her Ph.D. in Community Psychology and her Masters in Counselling from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral dissertation "Old Wounds: New Beginnings" was based on her work with First Nations in the Yukon in 1991. She was an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie Universityís Faculty of Medicine from 1998-2001 and worked as a Social Scientist for the Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative in Toronto from 2001-2003, before taking a faculty position at Laurier in 2003. She served as the Coordinator of Laurierís Community Psychology Program from 2007-2010 and the Executive Director of the Laurier Centre for Community Research Learning and Action from 2008-2012.

With First Nations in Prince Edward Island, she developed ASH (Aboriginal Survivors for Healing), a center for survivors of residential schools funded by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (1998). Terry has worked as a visiting scholar at the Institute of Indigenous Studies at the Universidad de La Frontera, in Chile and is currently leading a collaborative research project on the internationalization of indigenous rights.


Interests: Colonial trauma, Internationalization of Indigenous rights and governance, Settler Relations, Aboriginal health and social justice; Poverty Reduction; Women's health and wellness, Breast cancer and survivor dragon boating;  Participatory Action Research; Qualitative and constructivist research methodologies, Community University Engagement.

Additional Information

Relevant Links to Indigenous Research:

1. CIGI Research Program: Internationalization of Indigenous Rights and Governance

2. Globe and Mail Op Ed Piece - January 11, 2013

3. Blog: The Rise of the Fourth World

4. Youtube Videos on Canada and Idle No More

1. What IF You Knew...What would you do?

2. To Invest or Not to Invest - That is the Question

3. The Civil Rights Movement compared with Idle No More

4.  Working Together for Canada: Idle No More

5. Facebook Page

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