Join the Lab

The lab welcomes undergraduate/graduate volunteer research assistants, undergraduate students seeking independent/directed study course credit, master’s students, doctoral students, mental health professionals, post-doctoral researchers, and academics to join the lab. Please send a cover letter outlining your interest in joining the lab, a copy of your resume/cv, and a copy of your transcript of courses/grades (if applicable) to Dr. Rob Bedi at

Volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week for a minimum of a 6 months commitment (preferably 8 months). All master’s and PhD students in the lab are expected to devote a minimum of 4 hours per week to the lab on top of their own thesis/dissertation research. Typically, this involves attending a weekly two-hour lab meeting and providing assistance to others in the lab on their projects or working on a collaborative lab project for 2 hours per week. Those interested in earning authorship on conference presentations or publications may choose to volunteer more, but this is not expected for MA and PhD students.

The lab is currently particularly interested in recruiting individuals who have one of the following research, teaching, or practice/service interests (Please note that the  recruitment may vary year by year due to existing support for each topic area within the lab at that time).

– identity in individuals who engage in problematic substance use

– cultural adaptation of counselling/psychotherapy with individuals of Punjabi Sikh or South Asian Indian descent

– investigating counselling and psychotherapy as Western indigenous/traditional healing practices rather than as universally valid and applicable treatment approaches (see Frank and Frank’s [1993] model of psychotherapy as cultural healing or Wampold and Imel’s [2015] contextual model of psychotherapy). This includes, for example, examining variables like counselling outcomes, drop out, or willingness to attend as a function of variables like acculturation, Westernization, colonial mentality, cross-cultural treatment credibility, belief in Karma or Dharma, Asian values, Western values etc.

– comparing the efficacy of different counselling theoretical approaches in India using meta-analysis, specifically comparing a theory that emerged in India versus one that emerged in the West and is culturally incongruent with mainstream Indian culture

– racial/ethnic/religious bias by mental health professionals in offering counselling/psychotherapy appointments, particularly against  Punjabi Sikh or Muslim individuals

– The interaction or integration of South Asian Indian traditional healing practices with counselling/psychotherapy

– the discipline of counselling psychology in India (e.g., practice differences between foreign trained vs. India-trained counsellors/psychologists)

– Professional issues or disciplinary issues in Canadian counselling psychology (e.g., development of a professional identity scale, professional identity of counselling psychologists in medical settings).

– Hope-Action Theory/Hope-Centred Model of Career Development applied to individuals with problematic substance use

– Benefits of traditional masculinity



Research not Rhetoric, Proof not Politics, Evidence not Emotion, Doubt not Dogma.

Without critical thinking, this is not education but indoctrination. I do not want to teach you what to think but how to think…for yourself.