Dr. Kate Gignac

Assistant Professor

School of Education
Box 57
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
B4P 2R6

Office: Emmerson 306
Phone: (902) 585-1393
Fax: (902) 585-1761

Email: kate.gignac@acadiau.ca

Office Hours:
   Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00pm


Ph.D. (2015) Counselling -  University of Ottawa
Grad. Diploma (2008) Program Evaluation - University of Ottawa
M.Ed. (2003) Counselling - University of Ottawa
B.A. (1999) Psychology - University of Ottawa

Professional Certifications: 
Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)
Canadian Certified Counsellor - Supervisor (CCC-S)

Research Interests:

My research focus includes professional identity issues, identity work of counsellors and psychotherapists across the life/career span, program development and evaluation, case study methodology, training and evaluation in clinical supervision, and advancing practitioner-researcher initiatives.

Publications and Presentations:

Gignac, K., & Gazzola, N. (2018). Embracing counsellor professional identity work: Experiential accounts of transformation and transition. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 52(3). 

Shepard, B., Robinson, B., & Gignac, K. (2018). “Promoting professionalism in clinical supervision: Embracing supervisory identity and illuminating competence”, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association National Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Gignac, K., & Gazzola, N. (2016). Negotiating professional identity construction during regulatory change: Utilizing a virtual focus group to understand the outlook of Canadian counsellors. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 38(4), 298-318. doi: 10.1007/s10447-016-9273-8  

Gazzola, N., Smith, J.D., King-Andrews, H.L., & Kearney, K.* (2010).  Professional Characteristics of Canadian Counsellors: Results of a National Survey.  Canadian Journal of Counselling, 44(2), 83-99.  

Kearney, K., Gazzola, N., & Shigeru, I., “Professional Identity under Construction: A Case Study of Canadian Counsellors”, Society for Psychotherapy Research, 44th International Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia (July 2013). 

Gignac, K., & Gazzola, N. “Shaping Professional Identity amid a Change Event”, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) National Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia (May 2013). 

Kearney, K., & Gazzola, N. “Using qualitative case study methodology:  Design and procedural considerations for counselling research”, CCPA Inaugural Research Conference, Ottawa, Ontario (February 2012).

Kearney, K., “Ethical dilemmas of doing case study research”, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) National Conference, Ottawa, Ontario (May 2011). 

Kearney, K., Pelletier, C., Anderson, L., & Gazzola, N., “Reframing the view, broadening the vista: Designs for a re-conceptualization of professional counselling in Canada”, Inaugural Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference, Montreal, Quebec (November 2010). 

*Kate Gignac, nee Kearney