Robert Allan

Assistant Professor
  • School of Education & Human Development

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I am a Canadian who came to working with people more directly in counseling after twenty years of community-based work and developing a keen understanding of the impact of various stressors and community factors that can affect our lives. As my clinical practice evolved, I was drawn to systemic approaches to working with people. This was a natural evolution from my community work where we drew on a range of health promotion and population health models for working with health challenges. My work with families and couples lead me to an interest in attachment-based approaches. While I am trained and have a keen interest in attachment-based clinical approaches, my clinical and research work retains the social environment as part of understanding how challenges develop and how best to work with them. I am also an ICEEFT certified therapist, supervisor, and trainer.

Seeking Participants: Emotion in treatment for depression and anxiety study

Areas of Expertise

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Couple counseling/therapy
  • Counselor/therapy supervision
  • Minority stress
  • Evidence-based practices

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • BA, Queen's University
  • MEd., Acadia University
  • PhD, Dalhousie University



I am interested in counselor/therapist training and supervision and attachment-based approaches to therapy such as Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Publications and Presentations

  • Allan, R. Teaching and learning evidence-based practices: Promoting dialogue for counsellors and psychotherapists. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. doi: 10.1002/capr.12223
  • Linhof, A., Y., & Allan, R. A narrative expansion of Emotionally Focused Therapy with intercultural couples. Family Journal, 27(1), 44-49. doi: 10.1177/1066480718809426
  • Allan, R. & Poulsen, S. (Eds.). Creating cultural safety in couple and family therapy: Supervision and training. AFTA Springer Briefs in Family Therapy. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-64617-6