Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Wellbeing Science, University of Melbourne. Dr. Rashid is also a faculty associate with the Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University, and VIA Institute on Character. For more than 15 years, Dr. Rashid has worked with individuals experiencing complex mental health issues including severe depression, debilitating anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and suicidal behaviour. In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr. Rashid has established arguably the largest, quantitative-qualitative longitudinal database on key indicators in Canada to understand the complex, contextualized and culturally nuanced aspects of mental health of young adults.

Dr. Rashid has also worked with individuals experiencing with severe trauma, including 9/11 families, survivors of Asian Tsunami of 2004 and Syrian refugee families. Since, 2005, Dr. Rashid has actively worked with racialized and marginalized youth and families in priority areas of Toronto including Regent Park, Rexdale and Thorncliff Park, especially from lens of resilience and wellbeing to decrease cultural, personal and public stigma against mental health concerns and increase access to treatment. Dr. Rashid, has recently won Outstanding Practitioner Award from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA; 2017) and Chancellor Award from the University of Toronto (2018).

Dr. Rashid’s work has been published in academic journals, included in text books of psychiatry and psychotherapy and has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Maclean’s magazine, Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation (CBC) and at TEDx. His book Positive Psychotherapy along with Martin Seligman, is considered the most comprehensive in the field and has been translated in several languages since its publication in late 2018.

Dr. Rashid has delivered more than 50 invited talks and keynotes and trained mental professionals internationally including at Harvard, Princeton, University of Paris, London, Melbourne, Maastricht and at all major universities in Canada, Dr. Rashid is the inaugural president of the Clinical Division of IPPA and also co-chairs a National Campus Mental Health Group in Canada which has play a key role in devising policy towards a systemic approach to mental health of young adults

Dr. Rashid has curated content of following three websites which offer evidence-based resources about mental health:


Strengths Based Resilience

Campus Mental Health


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Post-doctoral Clinical Training, Positive Psychology Center 2004 – 2005

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Devised and empirically validated Positive Psychotherapy (PPT): Supervisor: Martin Seligman

Pre-doctoral Clinical Training 2003 – 2004

Counseling & Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology 1998 – 2004

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), Teaneck, NJ


College of Psychologists of Ontario, Expertise: Clinical & School Psychology, since 2007


2011 to date Psychotherapist, Health & Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

2005 – 2010 School & Clinical Psychologist, Toronto District School Board

2003 – 2005 Psych Intern, Counselling & Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania, PA

2002 – 2003 Drug & Alcohol Counselor, Health & Wellness Centre, Pratt Institute, NY

2001 – 2002 Psych Extern, Counselling & Psychological Services, Montclair State University, NJ

2001 – 2002 Clinician, Youth Consultation Service, Jersey City, NJ

2000 – 2001 Psych Extern, Counselling & Psychological Services, Rutgers University, NJ

1998 – 2000 Practicum Student, Psychological Services, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ


2019 to date Board of Director (BOD), Director at Large – Practice

International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)

2019 to date Chair, Campus Affairs Committee, UTSC Campus Council

2016 to date Elected Member, Campus Council, UTSC

2016 to 2019 President, Clinical Division, IPPA

2014 to 2019 Co-chair, Campus Mental Health Community of Practice

Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)

2014 to 2016 Board of Directors, Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA)

2012 to 2014 Board of Directors, Community Resources & Connections of Toronto

2010 – 2011 Director, Applied Research, Values in Action Institute (VIA), Cincinnati, OH


2016 to date Associate Faculty, Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science,

University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario

2014 to 2019 Adjunct Faculty, Executive Masters in Positive Leadership Strategy,

IE University, Madrid, Spain

2006 – 2010 Trainer, Penn Resilience Program

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA



Therapeutic Services: Offered strengths-based individual and group therapy – Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) – and managed cases on need basis since 2011 to more than 1000 UTSC students experiencing depression, anxiety, psychosis, procrastination, trauma, relationship and adjustment concerns, acculturative stress and difficulties in familial relationships.

Crisis Co-ordination & Intervention: Handled more than 150 crises in past 9 years, in variety of clinical situations; incorporated a strengths-based approach integrating risks and resources, symptoms and strengths to facilitate a collaborative decision-making process by involving key student services including AccessAbility, Academic Advising & Career Services, Student Residence, Athletics & Recreation, Student Life office and whenever appropriate, students’ families, especially with students from diverse cultural backgrounds utilizing their communal strengths and resources.

Online Intake & Outcome System: Led development of new, completely paperless, online Intake and Outcome System (IOS) at the Health & Wellness Centre, UTSC, which incorporates symptoms, strengths and continuous outcome measures; the system has produced the most comprehensive cross-sectional and longitudinal clinical data (N= ~ 2700) in Canada

Positive Psychotherapy (PPT): Created field of Positive Psychotherapy (PPT), empirically validated it, with Martin Seligman, founder of Positive Psychology, completed and published three randomized clinical studies; Published manual and workbook (Rashid & Seligman, 2018; Oxford) . Currently being translated in nine languages; two published (Portuguese & German)

Flourish: Led from 2012 to present a multidisciplinary team in designing, implementing and evaluating a strengths-based program focused to enhance emotional, academic, social and career resilience of First Year students. More than 3700 UTSC students have participated in a program that includes comprehensive online clinical assessment and full-day workshops and has shown effectiveness in reducing distress and increasing well-being. The program has won a national innovation award and has been adapted and implemented at numerous universities.

Strengths-Based Resilience (SBR): Designed, delivered and disseminated on a large scale a group-based resilience intervention; wrote with a colleague a 280+ page train-the-trainer manual; conducted train-the-trainer and research on an approach to support students with mental health issues in secondary and post-secondary settings, in collaboration with Shoniker Clinic, Centenary Hospital and Toronto District School Board (TDSB). An SBR-based intervention was run at five schools, and at an outpatient clinic. Trained more than 130 educators mental health professionals, and more than 100 student service staff members from universities across Canada in this intervention (2015-19); overview at www.strengthsbasedresilience.com.

Systemic Approach to Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Led a national group to design and launch Comprehensive Assessment and Planning Inventory to encapsulate a Systemic Approach towards Student Mental Health; the comprehensive interactive website www.cop-cacuss.com offers a systemic approach to campus mental health through assessment and planning guide

Minds Steeped in Hopelessness: Currently leading longitudinal study: What Predicts, Prevents & Heals a Suicidal Mind; based on quantitative-qualitative and longitudinal data of more than 2500 young adults who sought psychotherapy at a university-based, urban, and culturally diverse campus, this project explore what predicts and heals suicidal behaviour, along with protective roles of character strengths.


Primary Supervisor for College of Psychologists Registration: Supervised clinical psychology faculty for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario; as a result, positive psychotherapy has become part of psychotherapy course, 2012-2018

Supervisor of Graduate Students: Supervised six graduate students for their clinical practicums, exposing each student to a variety of ways strengths and positive psychology constructs can be incorporated into clinical practice, 2011 to date.

Co-leader, Peer Consultation: Co-led an online Peer Consultation Group on Positive Clinical Psychology (PCP) of regulated health professionals from Canada and USA, discussing clinical applications of positive psychology and resilience skills, 2018.

Clinical Supervisor: Supervised five doctoral students from School and Clinical Child Psychology Program, Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development, University of Toronto; these five students learnt ways to incorporate character strengths in psycho-educational assessments and in report writing, 2007-2010.

Supervisor for Senior Year Thesis: Supervised 5 UTSC students for their senior year thesis, independent studies and research projects on a range of mental health projects including acculturative stress, mental health of Muslim Females, Suicidal Behavior of Students Seeking Counselling, and Strengths-Based Resilience.

Supervisor for Capstone Projects: Supervised 9 Capstone projects of adult learners in Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, including health professionals, on a range of topics including character strengths in team, empirically based alternative health practices, resilience-based course for first-year college students and positive interventions for anxiety disorders; 2008-Present.



Offered five sessions to various community groups at New Zealand Institute of Well-being & Resilience, including two at Mosque Al-Noor (site of mass shooting on March 15th, 2018), July, 2019

Delivered Humanship, Four-day Resilience Training offered to Lebanese journalists and mental health professionals experiencing secondary trauma, March 2019

Trained staff of crisis hotline Naseeha to recognize signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and ways to mitigate it by fostering personal resilience, February- April, 2019

Supported Syrian families recently arrived in the Toronto Area, February 2016 to date

Supported 9/11 families, through Hold the Door (www.holdthedoor.com), 2003 to date

Delivered 2-day Resilience Training for Educators & Community Leaders, October 2014

Counselled survivors of domestic abuse, Thorncliffe Community Centre, Toronto, 2013-14

Counselled flood relief medical professionals in Pakistan, 2012

Counselled survivors of Asian Tsunami, Positive Psychology Training, March 2004


Advisor, Minds Matter Magazine, UTSC’s digital magazine 2015-present

Chair, Assessment Sub-committee, Resilience in Post-Secondary Settings, Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education, Organized by Harvard University, November 2018

Founding Board Member, Canadian Positive Psychology Association, Canada, 2011

Member, Scientific Advisory Board and Advisor, CorStone, a project to empower girls in Slums of Kolkata, India, 2007-present

Consultant, Hold the Door, a 9/11 inspired non-government organization in New Jersey promoting post-traumatic growth through annual event, 2003-present

Member, Board of Directors, Community Resource Centre of Toronto, 2012-14


Co-author: Ethical Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice, with Jardens, A. Lomas, T., Roache, A. In Collaboration with International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), 2019; published in two peer-reviewed journals

Consultant: Durham College, Mental Health Service Review, Durham College, in Collaboration with Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, 2018-2019

Consultant: Canadian Campus Well-being Survey, Member of the Steering Committee devising and piloting Canadian survey, 2018 to date

Participant: Consensus Conference on Mental Health of Emerging Adults, Mental Health Commission of Canada, November 2015

Participant: Creed-based conflicts and their reasonable resolution in educational and mental health service, Human Rights Commission of Ontario, 2012



McGill University, 1-day SBR workshop with Student Services Professionals, August2019

Algonquin College, 1-day Workshop on Resilience & Wellbeing with Student Services Professionals of Counselling Centre, August 2019

Christchurch New Zealand, Four community workshops and trainings for community members impacted by March 2019 mass shooting, July 2019

Humanship, 4-day SBR workshops for Lebanese journalists and Mental Health Professionals working with Syrian refugees and survivors of various traumas

Naseeha, Caring for Who Cares: A SBR Approach to Combat Compassion Fatigue, 3-day training for staff of helpline, February-April 2019

Centennial College, Toronto, Student Affairs Professionals, 2-day SBR training, February-March 2018

Lead trainer for two cycles of 3-day positive-psychology training for 130+ educators, mental health professionals and student services professionals, Toronto, Fall 2016-Winter 2017

Citizens Archives of Pakistan, SBR for teachers working in slums of Karachi, October 2014

Institute for Children, Adolescents & Families, Graz, Austria, July 2014

Geelong Grammar School, Australia, Six-day SBR training, with educators and Student Services Professionals August 2013

Hua Chong Institute, Singapore, 3-day training on Resilience for Bright Students, with educators and Student Services Professionals, April 2013

Toronto District School Board & UTSC, 3-day SBR training, October through December 2011

Pakistan Medical Association, 1-day SBR for Health Care Workers, January 2011

University of Manitoba, 2-part SBR training, with Student Services Staff, April& October, 2013

Princeton University, 1-day SBR training for Student Services Staff, October 2012

Reading College, London, UK, Penn Resilience Program, 6-day training, July 2010

Geelong Grammar School, Australia, Penn Resilience Program, 21-day training, January 2010

Monroe Community College, NY, Incorporating Character Strengths in Working with Students, 2-part training with Student Services Staff, May & October 2008

Geelong Grammar School, Australia, Penn Resilience Program, 7-day training, January 2008


Turkish Psychotherapy Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, March 2019

University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), November 2018

Royal Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, May 2016

University of Punjab, Pakistan, January 2016

McGill University, December 2014

World Summit of Positive Psychotherapy, Antalya, Turkey, November, 2014

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), August 2014

University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, April 2014

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Alexander Health, Singapore, March 2013

University of Maastricht, January 2013

Kings College, Institute of Psychiatry, London, U.K, January 2013

University of Ottawa, January 2013

Long Island Jewish Medical Centre, NY, USA, November 2011

University of Paris, France, January 2011

William Osler Health Centre, Brampton, Canada, October 2010

McMaster University, April, 2010


Invited Talk: Strengths-Based Resilience: An Intervention to Cultivate Resilience in Post-Secondary Settings, Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education, Organized by Harvard University, November 2018

Lecture: Positive Psychotherapy, Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), University of Pennsylvania, November 2018

Symposium Presentation: Positive Psychotherapy: Integrating Symptoms and Strengths Towards Holistic Health, 9th European Positive Psychology Network Conference, Budapest, June 2018

Panelist: Narratives of Resilience: Leader2Leader, UTSC, April 2018

Lecture: Moving from Darkness to Light through faith-based strategies for survivors & perpetrators, Renison Institute of Ministry, Renison University College, ON, December 2016

Invited Talk: Positive Psychotherapy: Healing from the Future, featured presentation at Prospection Conference, Vienna, Austria, July 2016

Invited Talk: Strengths-Based Resilience: Canadian Positive Psychology Association Conference, Niagara-on-the-Lake, June 2016

Workshop: The Becoming: Exploring, Expressing and Enhancing Your Strengths, CACUSS, Winnipeg, June 2016

Grand Rounds Presentation: Rouge Valley Health System, Toronto, Canada, January 2014

Professional Development Session: Wellbeing and Resilience, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, July 2013

Grand Rounds Presentation: Positive Psychotherapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, April 2014

Grand Rounds Presentation: Strengths-Based Resilience,Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, April 2014

Distinguished Lecture: Strengths-Based Education Series, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, October 2013

Lecture: Positive Psychotherapy, University of Melbourne, August 2013

Lecture: Positive Residence, University of Wollongong, Australia, August 2013

Training: Incorporating Strengths in Understanding Cultural Complexities, Ryerson University, May 2013

Lecture: Positive Psychology in Educational Settings, MAPP, University of Pennsylvania, April 2012

Workshop: Positive Psychotherapy, University of Western Ontario, London, December 2011

Talk: Team-Based Intake System at Culturally Diverse Counselling Centre, American College Health Association Conference, May 2011


Keynote: PERMA & Your Wellbeing: Skills & Strategies, First Lebanese Positive Psychology Conference, Beirut, Lebanon, March 2019

Keynote: Positive Psychotherapy: Ends & Means: From Amelioration of Symptoms to Amplification of Strengths, Turkish Psychotherapy Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019

Invited talk: Searching for Hope from minds steeped on Hopelessness: What predicts, treats and prevents suicidal behavior. Talk presented at the Center for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH), November 2018

Invited Speaker: Connecting the Dots: Understanding the Complex, Contextualized and Cultural Nuances of Canadian Campus Mental Health, Talk presented at the National Campus Mental Health Conference, May 2018

Invited talk: Understanding Self-harm in Youth, 2nd annual Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference (CMMHC), Toronto, October 2017

Invited Talk: Mental Health, Resilience & Student Success, Professional Development Session for High School Teachers, UTSC, October 2017

Invited Talk: Reinventing Yourself: Three Executives Take on the Task, Cannexus Organized by Advancing Career Development in Canada, Ottawa, January 2018

Keynote: Survive to Thrive Conference, at Mount Allison University, in collaboration with Association of Atlantic Universities, Sackville, New Brunswick, October 2017

Keynote: Staff Orientation, Centennial College, Toronto, ON, Strengths-Based Resilience, August 2017

Conference Closing Panelist: Our Past, Our Future, Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS), annual conference, Ottawa, June 2017

Keynote: Leadership Mentorship Program, University of Toronto Scarborough, May 2017

Invited Talk: Fostering Resilience & Meaning, National Campus Mental Health Conference, Toronto, May 2017

Workshop: Strengths-Based Resilience: Building Community Resources, 1st Middle Eastern Psychological Conference, April, Dubai, UAE, April 2017

Workshop: Strengths-Based Resilience in the Context of Islamic Thought & Practice, 1st Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference (CMMHC), Toronto, November 2017

Keynote: Trailblazers Conference: Explore: Your Purpose, from Your Passion, January 2017

Featured Interview: Character Day, Featured Interview, September 2016

Keynote: Guidance Counsellors Day, University of Toronto Scarborough, April 2015

Keynote: Leadership Conference, University of Toronto Scarborough, September 2015

Keynote: Healthy Minds Canada, Taking Charge Conference, June 2015

Keynote: Resilient Parenting, Toronto District School Board, May 2015

Keynote: World Congress of Positive Psychotherapy, Antalya, Turkey, November 2014

Keynote: Strength-Based Banking Summit, Kiev, Ukraine, October 2014

Keynote: Third International Conference on Psychology and Allied Sciences (ICPAS), Amity University, Noida, India (via web), September 2014

Keynote: Toronto Association for Health Promotion in Higher Education (TAHPHE), July 2014

Invited Talk: Approach to Mental Health, Open Minds Conference, University of Toronto, March 2016

Keynote: PACE: Strengths-Based Approach with Cognitively Bright Students, Toronto, November 2013

Keynote: Youthlink, Toronto, May 2013

TEDxUTSC: What are You Good At?, February 2013

Keynote: Strength-based Leadership, Equitable Leader Assessment (ELA) Training, Toronto, April 2013


Flourish: A Strengths-Based Approach to Foster Resilience & Wellbeing Among University Students, June 2019

Positive Psychotherapy: Positive Psychotherapy: Integrating Symptoms & Strengths Towards Holistic Health, September, Flourishing Centre, September, 2018

Strengths-Based Resilience: Centre for Innovation in Student Mental Health, January 2018

Outcome Measures: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, CACUSS, December 2017

Positive Psychotherapy: Integrating Yin & Yang of Human Experience, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), October 2016

Systematic Approach to Student Mental Health, CACUSS, September 2016

Flourish: A Strengths-Based Approach to Student Success and Retention, April 2014


International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Sixth World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 2019

Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS), Calgary, 2019

European Positive Psychology Conference, Budapest, Hungry, 2018

Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS), Ottawa, 2017

IPPA, Fourth World Congress, Orlando, 2015

European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, 2014

Canadian Positive Psychology Conference, Ottawa, 2014

World Congress of Positive Psychotherapy, World Congress, 2014

IPPA, Third World Congress, Los Angeles, 2015

American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, C.E Workshop, Washington, DC, 2013

Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, 2013

Western Psychological Association, Wyoming, 2013

Asian Applied Positive Psychology Conference, Hong Kong, 2012



Rashid, T., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2018). Positive Psychotherapy: A Manual. New York: Oxford University Press. (Currently being translated in nine language; two published, Portuguese & German)

Rashid, T., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2018). Positive Psychotherapy: Workbook. New York: Oxford University Press.

Slade, M., Brownell, T., Rashid, T., & Schrank, B. (2016). Positive Psychotherapy for Psychosis.Routledge: London.

Rashid, T. (1994). Hindustan, Translation of India and Her Neighbors, Book IV. By Will Durant, Story of Civilization, Volume VI, Book Two. Takhlaqaat: Lahore.


Lomas, T., Roache, A., Rashid, T., & Jarden, A. (2019). Developing ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice: An on-going, iterative, collaborative endeavour. The Journal of Positive Psychology, , 1-6. doi:10.1080/17439760.2019.1651892.

Jarden, A., Rashid, T., Roache, A., & Lomas, T. (2019). Ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice (version 1.0: English). International Journal of Wellbeing, 9(3), 1-30. pdf

Rashid, T., Di Genova, L., Huston, M. (2019). Campus Mental Health: Whole is Greater than the Sum; Synthesizing Policy, Practice, Assessment, Intervention, Outcome & Evaluation, Communique, 19(1), 12.

Uliaszek, A. A., Hamdullahpur, K., Chugani, C. D., & Rashid, T. (2018). Mechanisms of change in group therapy for treatment-seeking university students. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 109, 10–17.

Rashid, T. (2017). Views on wellbeing research, policy and practice: An interview with Dr. Tayyab Rashid. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(1), 52-56.

Uliaszek, A. A., Rashid, T., Williams, G. E., & Gulamani, T. (2016). Group therapy for university students: A randomized control trial of dialectical behavior therapy and positive psychotherapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 77, 78-85.

Rashid, T. (2015). Positive Psychotherapy: Integrating symptoms and strengths toward client
well-being. New Jersey Psychologist, 55, 3, 25-27.

Rashid, T. (2015). Positive psychotherapy: A strength-based approach. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 10, 25-40.

Riches, S., Schrank, B., Rashid, T., Slade, M. (2015). WELLFOCUS PPT: Modifying Positivepsychotherapy for psychosis psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 53(1), 68-77.

Drvaric, L., Gerritsen, C., Rashid, T., Bagby, R. M., & Mizrahi, R. (2015). High stress, low resilience in people at clinical high risk for psychosis: Should we consider a strengths-based approach? Canadian Psychology 56(3), 332-347.

Bertisch, H., Rath, J., Long, C., Ashman, T. & Rashid, T. (2014). Positive psychology in rehabilitation medicine: A brief report. NeuroRehabilitation. 4(3), 573-85.

Niemiec, R. M., Rashid, T., & Spinella, M. (2012). Strong mindfulness: Integrating mindfulness and character strengths. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 34, 240-253.

Rashid, T. & K. Kostouros, P. (2015).Campus Mental Health. Communique, 15(2), 13.

McGrath, R. Rashid, T., Peterson, C & Park, N. (2010). Is Optimal Functioning a Distinct State?
The Humanistic Psychologist, 38, 159-169.

Rashid, T. (2009). Positive Interventions in Clinical Practice, Journal of Clinical Psychology,

Seligman, M. E. P., Rashid, T. & Parks, A.C. (2006). Positive Psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 61,774-788.


Gillham, J., Leventhal, K.S., Rashid, T., Anjum, A., & Leventhal, S. (in press, 2019). Positive

psychology programs for youth in diverse communities. In L. van Zyl & S.I. Rothman

(Eds.) Positive Psychological Interventions (pp 197.226) Switzerland: Springer.

Rashid, T. & Baddar, A. M. (2019). Positive Psychotherapy: Clinical and Cross-cultural Applications of Positive Psychology. In L. Lambert & N. Pasha-Zaidi (eds.), Positive Psychology

in the Middle East/North Africa. (pp. 333-362). Switzerland: Springer

Rashid, T., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2018). Positive Psychotherapy. In D. Wedding & R. J. Corsini (Eds.), Current Psychotherapies (pp. 481-426). Belmont, CA: Cengage.

Rashid, T., Louden, R., Wright, L., Chu, R., Lutchmie-Maharaj A., Hakim, I., Uy, D. A. Kidd, B. (2017). Flourish: A strengths-based approach to building student resilience. In Proctor, C. (Ed.). Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice. pp. 29—45. The Netherlands: Springer.

Rashid, T. (2016). Positive Psychotherapy: Nuances of Clinical Practice. In A. Wood & J. Johnson (2016). The Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology. New York: Wiley.

Rashid, T, Summers, R. & Seligman, M.E.P (2015). Positive Psychology; Chapter 30, pp-489-499. In Psychiatry (Fourth Edition) by A. Tasman., J. Kay, J. Lieberman, M. First & M. Riba (Eds): Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

Rashid, T., Anjum, A., Chu, R., Stevanovski, S., Zanjani, A. & Lennex, C. (2014). Strength based resilience: Integrating risk and resources towards holistic wellbeing in G. A. Fava & C. Ruini (eds)’s Increasing Psychological Well-being Across Cultures (pp. 153-176). The Netherlands: Springer.

Rashid, T. (2008). Positive Psychotherapy. In Lopez, S. J. (Ed.) Positive psychology: Exploring the best in people. (Vol. IV; pp. 188-217) Westport, CT: Praeger.

Fazio, R., Rashid, T., & Hayward, H. (2008). Growth from trauma, loss, and adversity: A choice worth making. In Lopez, S. J. (Ed.) Positive psychology: Exploring the best in people. (Vo. III; pp.1-27), Westport, CT: Praeger.

Rashid, T., & Anjum, A. (2008). Positive psychotherapy for young adults and children. In J. R. Z. Abela & B. L. Hankin (Eds.), Depression in Children and Adolescents: Causes, Treatment and Prevention (pp. 250–287). New York: Guilford Press.


Rashid, T. (2013). Assessing Strengths in Clinical Practice. In J. Norcross (ed.), Psychologists’ Desk Reference (Third Edition), CT: Oxford.

Rashid, T. & Niemiec, R. M. (2013). Character Strengths. In A. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. New York: Springer.

Rashid, T. (2009). Positive Psychotherapy. In S. J. Lopez, (Ed.), Encyclopedia of positive psychology. (pp. 749-752). UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Rashid, T. (2009). Authentic Happiness. In S. J. Lopez, (Ed.), Encyclopedia of positive psychology. (pp. 71-75). UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


Predictors of Suicide Behaviour: Supervised Honors thesis which predicts suicidal behavior from clinical symptoms, diagnostic impressions and character strengths. (2017-to-date)

Randomized Clinical Trial: Positive Psychotherapy with Borderline Personality Disorder: Completed a three-year randomized study comparing group PPT with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with clients experiencing symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in collaboration with a clinical faculty. Published results through two articles in a top-tier scientific journal (2012-15)

Stigma Against Seeking Mental Health Service: Role of Acculturation Among Young Adults, Supervised Honors thesis of a senior year UTSC (2015)


Principal Investigator: Secured $225,000 grant through the Mental Health Innovation Fund, Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development for Flourish: A Strength-Based Resilience (SBR) Approach to Support Students with Mental Health Issues; in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Shoniker Clinic – Rouge Valley Health System (SC-RVHS), 2015-17

Co-PI: Stepping up care: Responding to student need: Successful grant application for CIHR; in collaboration with Peter Cornish, Stephen Czarnuch, Memorial University (2018)

PI: Unpacking Clinically Significant Change to Inform Session Limit Guidelines;Won Funding Award from CACUSS (2015)

Counselling Meets Technology: Implementing Online Counselling in a University Health Setting; Application with Amanda Uliaszek, Currently under review


Transition from Secondary to Post-Secondary Education

Rashid, T. & Louden, R. (2018). Flourish: A Strengths-Based Resilience (SBR) Approach to Support Students’ Transition from Secondary to Post-Secondary Education. Ministry of Training of College and Universities (formally the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development).

Campus Mental Health: Systemic Approach: Policy, Planning & Evaluation

Rashid, T. (2016). Campus Assessment & Planning Inventory: A Companion to Post-Secondary Student Mental Health (PSSMH): Guide to a Systemic Approach. Canadian Association of College & University Student Services and Canadian Mental Health Association.


Oxford University Press: Positive: Mental Health Series

Mitacs Accelerate Research: Grant Proposal Reviewer

Journal of Positive Psychology

Psychological Assessment

Schizophrenia Research

Bio Medical Central (BMC) Psychiatry

Journal of Personality Assessment

International Journal of Wellbeing

International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology


Curated content and work with professionals to develop and maintain:


an interactive website which offers free assessment, feedback and relevant resources about well-being

Strengths-Based Resilience:
offers a structured, evidence-based resilience program through 14 modules; supplementary resource for professionals trained in the SBR program

Campus Mental Health:

one of the most comprehensive interactive website offering a systemic approach to campus mental health through assessment and planning guide



Leaders in Learning Award, Canadian Association of College & University Student Services, (CACUSS), 2019

Innovation Award for Program in Student Services, Strengths-Based Resilience, CACUSS, 2018

Chancellor Award, Emerging Leader, University of Toronto, 2018

Outstanding Practitioner Award, International Positive Psychology Association, 2017

MAX Award, Platinum Award for Excellence, Finalist, 2017 & 2018

RBC Immigrant Award, shortlisted, 2017

Middle Eastern Psychological Association, Distinguished Award, 2017

Emerging Professional Award, CACUSS, 2015

Innovation Award – Flourish, CACUSS, 2015

Excellence Through Innovation Award, University of Toronto, 2015

Research Award, Unpacking Clinical Change, (CACUSS), 2014

Excellence Award, For Teaching Positive Psychology Interventions to students, teachers and professional staff, Toronto District School Board, 2010

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, 2002

Winner of Outstanding Syllabus, Teaching Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2002


Member, Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS), since 2011

Member, Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), since 2017

Founding Member, Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA), since 2011,

Member & Board of Directors, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), since 2007

Member, American Psychological Association (APA), since 1997

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