Y. Gavriel Ansara
PhD Psychology (Surrey). (Expected PhD submission: 3/2013).
MSc Social Psychology (Surrey). Grade: Distinction.
BA (Hons) International & Cross-Cultural Health with Media & African Studies (Hampshire).
2011-2012 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching. University of Surrey Centre for Educational & Academic Development (CEAD).
2011-2012 Certificate in International Human Rights & Social Justice. René Cassin Leadership Programme, London, UK.
Certificate in Advanced Facilitation Skills (Groups). Child Bereavement Charity, Buckinghamshire, UK.
Certificate in Foundations in 'Addiction' Counselling, Drug & Alcohol Treatment Association of RI, USA.
Certificate in HIV Testing & Prevention Counselling. Drug & Alcohol Treatment Association of RI, USA.
I am a polycultural social justice activist who maintains a community-active and research-active international portfolio.
As a researcher, I am the 2012 recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Transgender Research Award for research that makes a significant contribution to the field. This award-winning research was the first published study of cisgenderism, discriminatory ideology that delegitimises people's own designations of their genders. Read more about my Research and Publications.
As an educator, I received the 2011 UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Psychology Postgraduate Teaching Award given to one person in the UK annually for making a significant impact through excellence in teaching, supporting students, and making a positive impact on the community. My faculty nominator Professor Martyn Barrett and student nominator Alexander Eckardt described my teaching here.In addition to teaching undergraduate and Master's level students, I have conducted numerous community health workshops, professional training sessions, and accredited CPD courses for medical and mental health clinicians. Read more about my Courses & Teaching.
As a community pioneer, I was awarded a 2012-2013 Student Scholarship as an invited member of APA Division 27 Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA): Division of Community Psychology. I previously received the 2002 Keshet Leadership of the Year Award for my work as founder of a gender and sexuality outreach project for people from traditional religious communities. My extensive background in community-based projects also includes having founded a non-profit organisation that provided advocacy, crisis intervention, and support services for people affected by cisgenderism.
As a health counsellor and consultant, I have over 15 years of diverse professional experience in the fields of asylum and refugees; bereavement; discrimination and trauma; gender affirmation; relationships; sexual health; and therapeutic advocacy. I am a frequent consultant for research, policy, and community-based projects that address a wide variety of topics. Read more about my Counselling & Consulting.
As a writer, my work has explored a wide range of topics. My writing has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, academic books, anthologies, community magazines, public policy documents, and other venues. I have written short stories, investigative journalism, scientific research, poetry, song lyrics, musical compositions for guitar and mandolin, choreographic and theatrical performance pieces, policy documents, spoken word, and other forms. Read more about my Publications. Click here to Contact Me.
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