Sessional Instructor of Education
Vernon Strombeck Centre


Natalia Panina-Beard is a Trinity Western University Alumni (CPSY, 2009) and is a doctoral candidate in Human Development, Learning, and Culture in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She completed her B.Sc. in Engineering in Volgograd, Russia, and her B.A. in Applied Psychology and her M.A. in Counselling Psychology in Canada. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and worked as a Clinical Counsellor with the Child and Youth Mental Health and as an Elementary School Counsellor.

Previously, her research was focused on young Aboriginal women’s experiences in educational settings. Her present research includes the educational engagement of children and youth from culturally diverse and disenfranchised backgrounds, creativity and art in education, and alternative educational programs.

Research & Scholarship

Alternative educational opportunities for creative learning.

Social innovation in education.

Play, imagination, and creativity.


Ph.D. Candidate, Human Development, Learning, and Culture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

M.A. Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC

B.A. Applied Psychology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC

B.Sc. of Engineering, Volgograd Polytechnic Institute, Russia

Awards & Honors

UBC Faculty of Education 4-year Fellowship 2014-2018

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships ($105,000), 2014-2017

UBC Faculty of Education Ph.D. Program Entrance Scholarship ($11,000), 2012

UBC Faculty of Education Graduate Scholarship ($7,000), 2012

Canadian Psychological Association certificate of academic excellence for M.A. thesis research, 2010

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council graduate scholarship, ($17,500), 2007-2008

Trinity Western University yearly academic achievement awards($2,000), 2006-2008

Recent Publications

Vadeboncoeur, J., Perone, A., & Panina-Beard, N. (forthcoming). Creativity as a practice of  freedom: Imaginative play, moral imagination, and the production of  culture. Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research.

Panina-Beard, N. (2014). Learning from and with Aboriginal learners: Rethinking Aboriginal education in Canada. National Society for the Study of Education, 113(2), 465-492.

Panina-Beard, N. & Vadeboncoeur, J.  (2013). Narrative therapy. EBSCO Research Starters. Ipswich, MA: EBSCO Publishing.

Panina-Beard, N. & Auton-Cuff, F. (2010). Striving for success: Educational and career aspiration experiences in the lives of young aboriginal women [Abstract]. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8, 40-41.


English, Russian.

Courses Taught

EDUC 365 - Social Issues in Education