Born and raised in Japan, Dr. Wada first came to Canada as an international student. She received her BA in Human Relations from Concordia University. She went on to pursue MA and PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University, where she gained clinical experience at a high school, university counselling/mental health services, and community and hospital outpatient clinics. She also taught both undergraduate and graduate courses as a part-time instructor at Concordia and McGill. In 2016, she joined Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, where she teaches graduate courses in Counselling Psychology from s social justice lens.
Topics from her previous scholarly work include: immigrant and international students’ cross-cultural adjustment; a theoretical integration of grief theories and the principles of Buddhist psychology; affirmative counselling with transgender clients; grief, bereavement, and death education; social justice in counselling psychology. Dr. Wada’s current program of research focuses on the sociocultural shaping of normal and pathological grief.