Mihaela Launeanu,  Ph.D., R.C.C.
Assistant Professor

Department(s) or Program(s)

Biography

Academic Appointments

  • 2013-present: Assistant Professor M.A. Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University
  • 2009-2013: Sessional Instructor
  • 2007-2009: Teaching Assistant, Vancouver Community College (Community & Addiction Counselling Programs)
  • 2011-present: Part-time faculty
  • 2011: Curriculum developer for a Blended Counselling Skills Course, BCIT;
  • 2013-2015: Part-time faculty (Psychology department), University of Bucharest (Romania);

Select Clinical Work Experience

  • 2012- current: Clinical Private Practice, Vancouver, BC
  • 2012- current: Trainer and Board member at Existential Analysis Society of Canada
  • 2011-2012: Couples/Family Counsellor, Family Services of Greater Vancouver
  • 2012- 2013: Psychologist Assistant, Youth Forensics Psychiatric Services
  • 2009- 2010: Clinical Counsellor, Richmond Community Corrections
  • 2008-2013: Psychologist Assistant, BC Mental Health and Addiction Services

Research & Scholarship

  • Process based validity in psychological assessment;
  • Test construction and the measurement of psychological constructs;
  • Functional and therapeutic assessment;
  • Existential issues in forensic psychology (e.g., moral disengagement and dissociation, spiritual trauma, moral suffering, forgiveness; developmental trajectories of risk and desistance);
  • Process of change in psychotherapy;
  • Translational research methodologies;
  • Spirituality in healthcare;
  • Existential-phenomenological clinical supervision model;
  • Nostalgia and identities in transition (immigration and cross-cultural adjustment.)

Education

  • 2016: Ph.D. Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology, Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia;
  • 2012: Post-graduate diploma in Existential-Analytical Psychotherapy, International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna;
  • 2008: M.A. Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada;
  • 1999: M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Bucharest, Romania;
  • 1998: B.A. Psychology, University of Bucharest, Romania.

Recent Publications

Launeanu, M. (2016). Response processes as a source of validity evidence in self-report measures: Theoretical and methodological implications. Doctoral dissertation, UBC Vancouver.

Launeanu, M. (in press). Future theoretical and methodological directions in response processes research. In Zumbo, B. & Hubley, A. (eds.), Response processes in validity research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Launeanu, M. (in press). A response processes investigation of the validity of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. In Zumbo, B. & Hubley, A. (eds.), Response processes in validity research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Klaassen, D., Kwee, J., & Launeanu, M. (2016). “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how” (Nietzsche). An existential therapeutic approach to finding meaning amidst life crises and impasses. Workshop accepted at the Canadian Psychological Association 77th Annual Convention, Victoria, BC.

Launeanu, M., Kwee, J., McDonald, M.J., Begalka, B., Bartel, T., Chan, E. & Drisner, J. (2016). Clinical supervision in counselling psychology: An integrative phenomenological- developmental approach. Workshop accepted at the Canadian Psychological Association 77th Annual Convention, Victoria, BC.

Beyer, C., Chan, E., Launeanu, M., Kwee, J., & McBride, H. (2016). Seeking the Body Electric: Understanding Eating Disorders through Embodiment and Feminist Lenses. Symposium accepted at the Canadian Psychological Association 77th Annual Convention, Victoria, BC.

Chan, E., Launeanu, M. & Kwee, J. (2016). “Till we have voices”: Listening phenomenologically to voices of healing in psychotherapy research. Symposium at the conference “Giving voice to exeperience”, Seattle University

Launeanu, M., Muir B. & Kwee, J. (2015). Rediscovering Authenticity and Meaning in Life using Existential Analysis. Symposium presented at the First World Congress of Existential Psychotherapies, London, UK.

Launeanu, M. (2014). Personal existential analysis method in counselling and psychotherapy. In A.C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality Of Life Research. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer.

Launeanu, M. & Hubley, A. (2012). Does the total score make sense? Factor structure of the Geriatric Depression Scale. Presented at the 40th Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Montreal, Canada.

Viljoen, S., Launeanu, M., & Hendry, M. (2011). An inter-rater reliability study of a short-term measure of risk and treatability (START) in a clinical outpatient sample. Presented at the International Congress of Psychology and Law, Miami, Florida.

Viljoen, S., Launeanu, M., & Hendry, M. (2011). A predictive validity study of a short-term measure of risk and treatability (START) in an outpatient clinic. Submitted at the International Conference of Forensic Psychiatry, Vancouver, 2011.

Launeanu, M. & Hubley, A. (2010). Geriatric Depression Scale: Does gender, age and education bias one’s scores? Presented at the Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Vancouver, 2010.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor and member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, Member # 8865
  • Affiliate member of BC Psychological Association
  • Student member of the Canadian Psychological Association
  • Board member Existential Analysis Society of Canada