About Dr. Tayyab Rashid, licensed clinical psychologist and researcher

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D. C. Psych. | Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Tayyab Rashid

Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. Dr. Rashid's expertises include positive clinical psychology, strength-based resilience, posttraumatic growth, multicultural psychotherapy and positive education. Dr. Rashid completed his clinical training at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey and at the University of Pennsylvania where he developed and empirically validated positive psychotherapy (PPT) with Dr. Martin Seligman, the founding father of positive psychology and one of the leading experts in optimism and well-being.

Dr. Rashid's research has received numerous honours and awards and has been published in peer reviewed journals and has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation (CBC), Globe & Mail, Toronto Star & TEDx. Dr. Rashid guest edited the special issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology (May 2009) devoted to positive interventions for clinical disorders.

Dr. Rashid has presented and trained mental health professionals and educators internationally including Princeton University, University of Paris, University of Melbourne, City University of Hong Kong, University of Pennsylvania, University of Manitoba, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Long Island Jewish Medical Centre, New York, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, University of Western Ontario, Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Geelong Grammar School, Australia, Wellington College, UK, and at the Asian, European, Canadian & International Positive Psychology Conferences.

Dr. Rashid consults and servers as a board member on several non-profit community organizations. He has also worked with trauma victims including the survivors of the Asian tsunami (2005), 9/11 terrorists attacks and floods in Pakistan. Before joining the University of Toronto Scarborough, Dr. Rashid worked as a school psychologist at the Toronto District School Board and also as the director of applied research with the Values in Action Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Trained in hatha yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dr. Rashid advocates an active, realistic and culturally nuanced search for the half-full portion of the proverbial glass to survive, thrive and flourish.

Awards, Honors & Appointments

  • Outstanding Practitioner Award, International Positive Psychology Association, 2017
  • ❯ Max Award, Finalist, Platinum Award for Excellence, 2017
  • ❯ RBC Canadian Immigrant Award, shortlisted, 2017
  • ❯ President, Clinical Division, International Positive Psychology Association, 2016
  • ❯ Panelist, Global Q&A, Character Day, September, 2016
  • ❯ Emerging Professional Award, Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS), 2015
  • ❯ Innovation Award, Flourish, Canadian Association of College & University Student Services, 2015
  • ❯ Excellence Through Innovation Award, Program: Flourish, University of Toronto, 2015
  • ❯ Research Award: Unpacking Clinical Change, (CACUSS), 2014
  • ❯ Co-chair: Campus Mental Health; National Community of Practice, Canadian Association of Colleges & University Student Services (CACUSS), 2014-16
  • ❯ Excellence Award, For Teaching Positive Psychology Interventions to students, teachers & Toronto, District School Board, 2010
  • ❯ The Dr. McCreay Hold the Door Healer Award, Hold the Door, Inc. NJ, 2007
  • ❯ Morris Viteles Award for supervising Best Honor’s thesis, 2005
  • ❯ Research Fellowship, Mind and Life Summer Institute, Garrison, NY, 2004
  • ❯ Research Fellow, Positive Psychology Summer Institute, Milan, Italy, 2004
  • ❯ Arthur A. Schere Graduate Student Research Award, New Jersey Psychological Association, 2002
  • ❯ Best Graduate Research Award, 9th Annual Research Exhibition, FDU, Teaneck, NJ. Title, 2002
  • ❯ Winner of Outstanding Syllabus, Teaching Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2002.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • ❯ Canadian Association of Colleges & University Student Services (CACUSS)
  • ❯ American Psychological Association (APA)
  • ❯ International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
  • ❯ Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA)
  • ❯ Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • ❯ Member: Scientific Advisory Board, CorStone, a project to empower girls in Slums of Kolkata, India
  • ❯ Member:Young Professional Association, International Development Relief Fund