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Jeffrey Ansloos


Jeffrey Ansloos
Assistant Professor


website: https://www.jeffreyansloos.com

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development



Research Overview

My research seeks to better understand psychological, social, cultural, economic, political, environmental and technological dimensions of suicide, particularly (although not exclusively) as occurring among Indigenous communities in Canada. I research suicide through an intersectional lens, attending to issues such as race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and disability. I am particularly concerned about understanding how experiences of structural violence (i.e., racism, colonialism) intersect with suicidality and suicide. In terms of responses to suicide, I am deeply engaged in research that articulates theories and concepts of psychological health, social wellbeing, livability, spirituality, and 'good living' from the perspective of diverse communities; and identifying everyday and clinical practices which enhance wellbeing and prevent suicide, especially through cultural, land-based, community-centred, arts-based, anti-oppressive, and decolonizing practices. A large part of my work has also used critical Indigenous social theories (feminisms, queer theories, decolonizing methods, liberation theories) to critique mainstream approaches to psychological practice, and documenting colonial entrenchment and complicity within the administration of applied psychology, and to reimagine psychology. Finally, I also conduct some research on 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 current Faculty Chair of the Indigenous Education Network. 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. 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 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 from Fuller Gradate School of Psychology, and a BA in Counselling from Trinity Western University.

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


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, and/or suicide prevention. I give a strong preference to applicants who have experience-based knowledge on how critical, community-engaged, qualitative and mixed-method research is conducted, as well as to those applicants who have developed a strong foundation in applied psychology (clinical, community, counselling, developmental, social) and critical Indigenous studies. 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.