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Jeffrey Ansloos

Jeffrey Ansloos
Assistant Professor

email: jeffrey.ansloos@utoronto.ca  

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Mental Health and Social Policy at OISE. 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.

Dr. Ansloos's research is focused on Indigenous mental health and education, and deals with the following:

Structural violence and complex trauma
Indigenous death, suicide, and life promotion
Indigenous social theories and applied community psychology
Decolonization, liberation, emancipation and futurism(s)
Sociopolitical dimensions of Indigenous mental health
Youth studies (Racialization; Social movements; Identity)
Qualitative, arts-based and new media research methodologies
Critical media and technology studies

Academic History

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 a Assistant Professor in International Mental Health and Trauma Studies at Lesley University in Boston, and served for 1 year as an interim program director in Global and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Dr. Ansloos completed his doctoral residency at the University of Manitoba, his PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology, as well as an MA in Theology and Ethics from Fuller, and a BA in Counselling from Trinity Western University.

Teaching Overview

Indigenous Healing in Counseling and Education

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

2017 - Special Acknowledgement, Early Career Awards for Ethnic Minority Psychologists in Trauma Psychology; Division 56: American Psychological Association
2017 - United Nations-AOC Leadership Fellowship
2017 - Digital Native American and Indigenous Studies Fellowship at Indiana University-Purdue University Indiana.

Professional Activities

Dr. Ansloos is the current chair of the Canadian Psychological Association, Section for Indigenous Peoples' Psychology, and chairs the standing committee on Psychologists Response to the TRC Calls to Action.

He is also is a fellow of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement and the Centre for Youth and Society at University of Victoria.

Dr. Ansloos is a policy fellow at Broadbent Institute.

Other Information

Dr. Ansloos' research lab is currently recruiting volunteer undergraduate and graduate level researchers, who will receive training in research ethics and a variety of qualitative research methods. To inquire please contact Dr. Ansloos by email.