Shaun Hains



Shaun Hains


  • Campus:
  • Saybrook University
CSS Transformative Social Change
Saybrook University
Email [email protected]

Dr. Hains received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University in 2001 and has been a part-time faculty member since 2002. Dr. Hains was awarded the 2013 National Educator of the Year Award from the Canadian Teachers Association and the same award from the Alberta Teachers Association. She received the Cowen Award from Division 27 of the APA for her dissertation, An Emerging Voice, a study using indigenous research methods to address the issues surrounding Native students staying in school. During the period of the intervention studied in her dissertation, 100% of the Native students remained in school. Dr. Hains is a Registered Psychologist, a member of the Society for Indian Psychologists, and a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists. Dr. Hains currently works with youth with Severe Conduct Disorder.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Post-Traumatic Growth
Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph. D. Saybrook University, San Francisco 2001
M. A. Teacher Education Goddard College, Vermont 1994
B. Education University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 1985
B. Physical Education University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 1978
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member Society For Indian Psychologists
Member College of Alberta Pscyhologists
Member Canadian Psychological Association
Registered Psychologist, Alberta, Canada
Teacher, Edmonton, Alberta
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Consultant Little Warriors/Be Brave Ranch
Hereditary Chief Dene Tha
Media Exposure

Question and Answer
Describe your teaching philosophy or your approach to working with students.

Humanistic Psychology is essential for awareness in health. Clinical Psychology from a Native North American perspective allows the client to understand cultural or historical context and relationship with a healthy environment. Recently through the use of both math and music, methods have been found to translate past culture to examine impacts of trauma and delay.

Provide a statement or philosophy regarding your professional practice.

Fortunately I have the opportunity to work with a Humanistic Lens while maintaining Native North American cultural fluency.

Why did you choose to enter your professional area(s)?

Humanistic Psychology allows me to be the Culturally relevant or in translating these understandings of health through Clinical work to clients.

What advice would you give a student entering Saybrook University?

Understanding health is important alongside the study of Psychology. Humanistic Psychology makes sense and allows the client to focus on their capacity for health.

Title Location Date
Indigenous Ethics in Health Vancouver, BC
Indigenous Ethics in Education Vancouver, BC
Indigenous Peace Salt Lake City
Research Ethics Vancouver, BC

Ethics, Native North American Research Methods, Native North American Peace, Native North American Ethics, Trauma and Trauma Delays


Hains, ShaunCulture and Identity. .

Hains, SDefining Peace. Journal of Indigenous Research. 1 (2). (1-12).

Canadian Institute for Health Research (2007). CIHR Guidelines for Research Involving Aboriginal People. .

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Sept). Aboriginal Research Pilot Program. . (Ottawa).

Hains, SEstablishing Success with Native Students. Principal Leadership. (Eric).

Professional Skills
Trauma, Native North American Health, Youth