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Andrew J. Howell

Professor, Psychology

PhD (Concordia)

6-323G, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Howell is a clinical psychologist and registered psychologist in the province of Alberta. He teaches courses in clinical psychology, the psychology of well-being and research methods. His research interests fall within the science of well-being and reflect the adoption of a social-cognitive approach to understanding influences on well-being. Recent topics include implicit theories of well-being, non-stigmatizing language in relation to mental disorders and suicide, acceptance and commitment processes and well-being, and the impact of nature on well-being.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Clinical psychology, well-being, stigma, implicit theories

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology of Well-Being
  • Research Methods

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Hunt, J., Howell, A. J., & Passmore, H.-A. (in press). In vivo nature exposure as a positive psychological intervention: A review of the impact of nature immersion on well-being. E. Brymer, J. Barton, & M. Rogerson (Eds.), Nature, Physical Activity and Health. Routledge.

Howell, A. J., & Passmore, H.-A. (2019). Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) as a positive psychological intervention: A systematic review and initial meta-analysis regarding ACT’s role in well-being promotion among university students. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20, 1995-2010.

Krzyzanowski, D., Howell, A. J., & Passmore, H.-A. (2019). Predictors and causes of the use of noun-based mental disorder labels. Stigma and Health, 4, 86-97.

Howell, A. J. (2017). Believing in change: Reviewing the role of implicit theories in psychological dysfunction. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 36, 437-460.

Howell, A. J., & Woolgar, S. (2013). Essentialism and compassion: Predicting preferences for noun labels applied to people with mental disorders. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 87-91.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Canadian Psychological Association

Boards / Committees

  • College of Alberta Psychologists Credential Evaluation Committee