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Jeffrey Ansloos

Jeffrey Ansloos
Assistant Professor

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Ansloos' program of research focuses on the following areas:

1. Analyzing social, economic, political and environmental dimensions of Indigenous peoples' health and psychosocial wellbeing.

2. Critically conceptualizing suicide and suicidality especially as occurring among Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ children, youth, and adults; and working to better understand the role of complex forms of trauma, structural violence, and environmental change.

3. Theorizing Indigenous concepts of livability, spirit, and the good life; and co-creating, documenting, and sharing everyday practices which enhance wellbeing, promote life and prevent suicide, especially cultural, land-based, community-based, arts-based, anti-oppressive, and decolonizing practices.

4. Using critical Indigenous social theories (Indigenous feminisms, queer theories, decolonizing methods, liberation theories) to critique mainstream approaches to mental health practice, and documenting colonial entrenchment and complicity within the administration of applied psychology.

5. Trying to better understand Indigenous youth and community networks in social media in terms of community development, cultural identity formation and production, language revitalization, and health promotion. Further, to better grapple with 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 Mental Health and Social Policy in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development 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.

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, as well as an MA in Theology and Ethics from Fuller, 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

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 sits on 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 the University of Victoria. Dr. Ansloos is a policy fellow at Broadbent Institute.

Other Information

I will be accepting 1 student at the doctoral level and 2 students at the masters level from across the Applied Psychology and Human Development programs for Fall 2020-21. I will be recruiting students who have well-articulated interests in social dimensions of Indigenous and/or LGBTQ2S mental health; critical studies of suicide; everyday practices in wellness and life promotion; or, an interest in writing critical and Indigenous social theory at the intersection of issues of mental health and social policy.

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, counseling, 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 community settings, as a research assistant, coordinator, and/or having completed an honors thesis or other supervised research experience is especially useful.