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Jeffrey Ansloos


Jeffrey Ansloos
Assistant Professor

phone: 4169770712
website: https://www.jeffreyansloos.com

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development



Research Overview

My research explores psychological, social, cultural, economic, political, environmental and technological dimensions of suicide. I work largely (although not exclusively) with Indigenous communities in Canada. I research mental health through an intersectional lens, attending to issues such as race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and disability. I am concerned about how experiences of structural violence (i.e., racism, colonialism) intersect with suicidality and suicide. I also research critical, clinical and community-based approaches to mental health promotion and suicide prevention. In addition, I am interested in research which highlights the everyday cultural, linguistic, spiritual and community practices which enhance livability-sometimes called life promotion.

A large part of my work has also engaged Indigenous social theories (feminisms, queer theories, decolonizing methods, liberation theories) to critique mainstream approaches to psychological practice, and to document colonial entrenchment within the administration of applied psychology. I also research the intersection of social media and community development, cultural identity formation, language revitalization, and health promotion. I am interested in better grappling with the conceptual foundations and ethics of research within digital ecologies, and in particular, the politics of surveillance.

Academic History

Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos is a Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Indigenous Health and Social Policy in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE. Dr. Ansloos is the Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide. Prior to joining OISE in 2018, Dr. Ansloos worked for 2 years at the University of Victoria as Assistant Professor in Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies in the Faculty of Human and Social Development and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Dr. Ansloos previously served as an Assistant Professor in International Mental Health and Trauma Studies at Lesley University in Boston and served as a program director in Global and Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Ansloos completed his doctoral residency at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Community Health Sciences, his PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Gradate School of Psychology and a BA in Counselling from Trinity Western University. Dr. Ansloos is Nehiyaw (Cree) and English and is a member of Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochekwi-Sipi; Treaty 5). He was born and raised in the heart of Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Teaching Overview

APD1290H Indigenous Healing in Counseling and Education
APD5027HF All My Relations: Indigenous Social and Relational Theories in Education and Applied Psychology
ADP 3217 Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology
APD 3241 Seminar and Practicum in Assessment and Intervention with Children and Adolescents
APD1261HF Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Research Grants and Contracts

(2018-2020) PI, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Developing a Community-Engaged Research Network for Indigenous Mental Health.

(2018-2021) PI, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant: Yuusnewas (taking care of each other): life promotion through Indigenous youth community capacity-building

(2018-2020) PI, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant: Rethinking Social and Political Dimensions of Indigenous Mental Health with Indigenous Social Media

(2018-2019) PI, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grant: Using Twitter to support Indigenous cultural revitalization and youth wellbeing


Honours and Awards

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (SSHRC) Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide (2019-2024)

Professional Activities

Dr. Ansloos is the also the current Faculty Chair of the Indigenous Education Network. The Indigenous Education Network (IEN) is a group of students, faculty and community members who share a common commitment to and passion for Indigenous Education and Research. Founded in 1989 by Indigenous students, the IEN provides an Indigenous presence at OISE and seeks to establish a forum for ongoing and dynamic discussion, action and change.

The Indigenous Education Network:
- Supports students and their study interests in Indigenous education.
- Advances education research on Indigenous issues.
- Actively encourages the development of Indigenous curriculum.
- Collaborates with campus and community groups to strengthen initiatives related to our mission.

The IEN hosts guest speakers, socials and teachings throughout the year as a way for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to participate in experiential learning, establish relationships and network.

For more information:
email: ien@utoronto.ca
phone: (416) 978-0732
location: on the 5th floor at OISE in room 5-180

Dr. Ansloos also directs the Critical Health and Social Action (CHSA) Labs at OISE. The CHSA Labs are interested in justice-doing research that promotes and understands the social welfare, health, and liveability of Indigenous children, youth, and communities across Turtle Island. We are also interested in understanding and evaluating the structures and systems that provide mental health supports to Indigenous groups and communities. Our lab has over 15 current research partnerships, and over 20 staff researchers. We provide mentorship and training for undergraduate volunteer research assistants who are seeking admission to graduate programs. Please contact Deanna Zantingh for more information: deanna.zantingh@mail.utoronto.ca.

Other Information

I will be accepting 1 student at the masters level and 1 at the doctoral level from across the Applied Psychology and Human Development programs for Fall 2021-22. I will be recruiting students who have well-articulated interests in the area of suicide studies and suicide prevention.

I am particularly interested in recruiting students who have an interest in suicide at one of the following intersections: climate change, migration, homelessness, police violence, surveillance, detention and carceral systems.

I give a strong preference to applicants who have experience-based knowledge on how community-engaged, qualitative and mixed-method research is conducted, as well as to those applicants who have developed a strong interdisciplinary foundation in addition to their psychological knowledge-base. At the doctoral level, I am looking as to whether someone has the skill to see a project move from the conceptual stage, to methodological design, to sometimes even conference presentations, manuscript publication, or other types of experiences sharing learning in professional and community-based settings. Experience working in research or community settings, as a research assistant, coordinator, and/or having completed an honours thesis or other supervised research experience is especially beneficial.