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Anomi G. Bearden Ph.D.

Discipline/Program
Humanities & Social Sciences
Psychology
Phone
403.356.4857
Biography

Dr. Bearden is a Positive - Social Psychologist, emphasizing (in her research and teaching) the need to balance the discipline of psychology by understanding and promoting the positive aspects of human experience, rather than solely focusing on the negative. Her previous research has focused on the detrimental effects of media on body image and self-esteem, understanding human environmental behaviours (e.g., factors that predict over-consumption of shared resources), and unconscious psychological motives that underly biased and defensive reactions such as prejudice, victim-blaming, and stigmatization (e.g., Just World Theory and Terror Management Theory). Although these areas of expertise still influence her work, Anomi is also interested in how individuals can become more empathetic and less judgmental of others (such as when they practice mindfulness). Instead of focusing on body dissatisfaction, she is more interested in how practicing self-compassion can reduce the negative effects of social comparison and self-critical perfectionistic standards. Rather than studying anti-social behaviours such as aggression, she is interested in understanding how to promote pro-social behaviours that strengthen social connections (e.g., interpersonal mindfulness, loving-kindness, gratitude). Anomi is a passionate educator and she believes that teaching psychology is her “calling”, which allows her to contribute to enhanced resilience, service orientation, and lifelong learning in her students. Wherever she can, Anomi emphasizes collaboration with community organizations (through Community Service Learning and Applied Research), as she believes in the value of connecting student learning to meaningful service, inspiring mentors, and positive works within their community.

Education

Ph.D. (Psychology), University of Calgary
M.Sc. (Psychology), University of Victoria
B.A. (Psychology), University of Calgary

Main Areas of Teaching

Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Consciousness, Consumer Psychology, Psychology of Gender, Interpersonal Relationships, Intergroup Relations, Moral Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Media and Body Image, Motivation and Emotion, Stress and Health.

Scholarly Activity

Current and Recent Research 

  • Walter, K. & Bearden, A. (2020-2021). The effects of pet ownership on loneliness, coping, and mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Van Oostrom, S., Brown, S., & Bearden, A. (2020). The effect of HeartMath emotion-regulation techniques on elementary students’ HRV, social-emotional intelligence, and academic efficacy. In collaboration with Alberta Health Services, Move Your Mood (Denise Fredeen), and Red Deer Public Schools (Brooklyn Daines).
  • Curtis, A., Prowse Turner, J. & Bearden, A. (2020). College student transitions, resiliency, and mental health. Partners: RDC Counselling Centre (Kristine Plastow, Tanya Lyons Belt), Sharon Hamilton (Dean of Health Sciences), and Dr. Paulette Hanna (AVPA).
  • Curtis, A. & Bearden, A. (2019). Student Transitions and Resilience: A Review. Partners: RDC Counselling Centre (Amy Cote) and Sharon Hamilton (Dean of Health Sciences).
  • Dunlop, B., Bearden, A., & Prowse Turner, J. (2019). Perfectionism, Coping, and Mental Health Outcomes in Student-Athletes. Partner:  Keith McDonald (MA Sport Psyc) in Kinesiology.
  • Merrill, S. & Bearden, A. (2019). Poverty Reduction Needs: A comparison of experiences with poverty between service providers and those with lived experience in Red Deer. In collaboration with Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) and the Mustard Seed (Bud Sargent).
  • Curtis, C. & Bearden, A. (2018). Youth Strategy Collective Impact: A Literature Review. Primary partners: Const. Derek Turner of the RCMP, Avery Acheson (CARE), and Shelley Dallas-Smith (AHS).
  • Daines, B., & Bearden, A. (2018). Strengthening Positive Assets and Resiliency in the Community (SPARC): Evaluating the Promotion of Developmental Assets within Red Deer. In collaboration with the SPARC Coalition (co-Chairs Denise Fredeen & Rania Paige).
  • Hillman, M., & Bearden, A. (2018). Poverty Awareness Survey: Informing Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) Needs Assessment. In collaboration with CAPRA (co-Chairs Dianna Souveny & Shelley Dallas-Smith).
  • Daines, B., & Bearden, A. (2017). The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Youth Addiction: A review of current literature. Partners: AHS Youth Mental Health (Denise Fredeen).
  • Vincent, A., & Bearden, A. (2017).  The Impact of Mindfulness on College Students’ Level of Compassion for Self and Others. Partners: Maxine Evans, Sharon Hamilton, & Connie Walker-Dymianiw.
  • Geary, D., Prowse Turner, J., & Bearden, A. (2017). Can mindfulness meditation training or an analytic feedback intervention reduce the tendency for victim blaming while under just world threat?
  • Van Bavel, M., Bearden, A., Wells, G., Nelson, S., & Oddie S. (2016). Bullying Prevention and Prosocial Behavior: An Evaluation of the Mental Health Kit “Be Kind to Yourself and Others” 
  • Turnbull, K. B., & Bearden, A. (2016).  Assessing the impact of Mindfulness Meditation Practices on College Students’ Other Oriented Perfectionism, Empathy, Social Connectedness, and Authenticity. Partners: Maxine Evans, Sharon Hamilton, & Connie Walker-Dymianiw.
  • Wells, J., & Bearden, A. (2016).  Exploratory Research into the Identification of Personality Traits and Consumption Tendencies that may contribute to a Devalued Perception of Romantic Relationships.
  • Bearden, A., Goodyear, B., & Kahn, A. (2016). Effects of Gratitude Practice on Relationship Satisfaction and the Role of Perceived Superiority.
  • Wallace, C., & Bearden, A. (2015). Being Perfectly Mindful: Examining the effects of mindfulness practice on self-compassion and perfectionism. Partners: Maxine Evans & Sharon Hamilton.
  • Borgel, J., Bearden, A., & Prowse Turner, J. (2014). Do Individual Differences in Cognitive Sophistication Affect the Tendency to Engage in Victim Blaming? 
  • Armstrong, L., Bearden, A., & Oddie, S. (2014). Aboriginal Women and Community Perspectives of the Wetaskiwin and Area Primary Care Network Prenatal Program. Partners: Primary Care Network (PCN), Alberta Health Services (AHS), Community Elders & Community Health Centers.
  • Dutrisac, S., Bearden, A., Borgel, J., & Oddie, S. (2013). Assessing the impact of a physical activity enhancement program on elementary students and teachers. Partners: Primary Care Network (PCN – Lorna Milkovich), Alberta Health Services (AHS – Denise Fredeen, Cathy White), RDC Kinesiology (Robert Weddell), Red Deer Public Schools, and Red Deer Catholic Schools.
  • Soucy-Dahl, M., Hayden, K., & Bearden, A. (2013). Therapist perceptions of the effectiveness an assessment tool for brief client-centered therapy. Partners: various community therapists.
  • Bearden, A., Newton, R., Oddie, S., Ryga, T. (2012). Social Action Theatre: The Impact of Theatre in Addressing Peer Relations and Self-Esteem in Grade Four Students. Partners: Alberta Health Services (AHS – Denise Fredeen, Cathy White, Shelley Cooper), Red Deer Public Schools.
  • Bearden, A., Newton, R., Nelson, S., Oddie, S., Ryga, T. (2012). Social Action Theatre: The Impact of Theatre in Addressing Body Image, Self-Esteem, Active Living, Healthy Eating, and Peer Relations in Grade Seven Students. Partners: Alberta Health Services (AHS – Denise Fredeen, Cathy White, Shelley Cooper), Red Deer Public Schools.
  • Nelson, S., Bearden, A. G., Oddie, S. (2012). A proactive approach to enhancing body image, self-esteem, and positive relationships in our school communities. Partners: Alberta Health Services (AHS – Denise Fredeen, Cathy White, Shelley Cooper), Red Deer Public Schools.
  • Newton, R., Bearden, A. G., Oddie, S. (2011). Yoga Thrive: An evaluation of the physical and psychological benefits of a yoga program for cancer patients and survivors. Partners: Alberta Health Services (AHS – Cancer Centre), Suzanne Blackwell (YogaThrive Instructor).

Selected Publications

  • Bearden, A. (2010). The belief in a just world: Terror management defense mechanism or autonomous motive? Calgary, AB: University of Calgary. Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Morrison, T.G., & Bearden, A. (2007). Construction and validation of the Homopositivity Scale: An instrument measuring positive stereotypes about gay men. Journal of Homosexuality, 52, 63-89.
  • Bearden, A. G. (2006). Effects of uncertainty and communication on cooperation in commons dilemmas. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria. Master’s Thesis.
  • Gifford, R., Gifford, J., & Bearden, A. G. (2006). Manual for FISH 3.1: A computerized micro-world for studying social dilemmas and resource management. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria
  • Morrison, T. G., Ellis, S. R., Morrison, M. A., Bearden, A., & Harriman, R. L.  (2006). Exposure to sexually explicit material and variations in body esteem, genital attitudes, and sexual esteem among a sample of Canadian men.  The Journal of Men’s Studies, 14, 209-222. 
  • Morrison, T.G., Bearden, A., Ellis, S.R., & Harriman, R. (2005). Correlates of genital perceptions among Canadian post-secondary students. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality. 
  • Morrison, T.G., Harriman, R., Morrison, M.A., Bearden, A., & Ellis, S.R. (2004). Correlates of exposure to sexually explicit material among Canadian post-secondary students. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 13 (3/4), 143-156.

Conference Presentations  

  • Dunlop, B., Bearden, A., & Prowse Turner, J. (2019). Perfectionism, Coping, and Mental Health Outcomes in Collegiate Student-Athletes. Paper at Agora RDC undergraduate Conference and Poster at University of Calgary Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Merrill, S., & Bearden, A. (2019). Poverty Reduction Needs: A comparison of experiences with poverty between service providers and those with lived experience in Red Deer. Paper at Agora RDC Conference and Poster at University of Calgary Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Daines, B., & Bearden, A. (2018). Strengthening Positive Assets and Resiliency in the Community (SPARC): Evaluating the Promotion of Developmental Assets within Red Deer. Paper at Agora RDC Conference and Poster at University of Calgary Research Conference.
  • Hillman, M., & Bearden, A. G. (2018). Poverty Awareness Survey: Informing Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) Needs Assessment. Paper at Agora RDC Conference and Poster at University of Calgary Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Bearden, A., Goodyear, B., & Kahn, A. (2017). Effects of Gratitude Practice on Relationship Satisfaction and the Role of Perceived Superiority. Poster presented at the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress on Positive Psychology, July, 2017, Montreal, Quebec, CA
  • Vincent, A., & Bearden, A. (2017).  The Impact of Mindfulness on College Students’ Level of Compassion for Self and Others. Paper at Agora RDC Conference and Poster at University of Calgary Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Borgel, J., Bearden, A., Prowse Turner, J. (2017). Do Individual Differences in Cognitive Sophistication Affect the Tendency to Engage in Victim Blaming? Poster presented at 15th Hawai`i International Summit on Preventing, Assessing and Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan. April 16 – 19, Honolulu, HI
  • Geary, D., Prowse Turner, J., & Bearden, A.G. (2017). Can mindfulness meditation training or an analytic feedback intervention reduce the tendency for victim blaming while under just world threat? Poster presented at 15th Hawai`i International Summit on Preventing, Assessing and Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan. April 16 – 19, Honolulu, HI
  • Geary, D., Prowse Turner, J., & Bearden, A.G. (2017). Can mindfulness meditation training or an analytic feedback intervention reduce the tendency for victim blaming while under just world threat? Paper at Agora RDC Conference and Poster at University of Calgary Research Conference.
  • Turnbull, K. B., & Bearden, A. (2016).  Assessing the impact of Mindfulness Meditation Practices on College Students’ Other Oriented Perfectionism, Empathy, Social Connectedness, and Authenticity. Paper at Agora Conference and Poster at U of C Research Conference.
  • Van Bavel, M., Bearden, A., Wells, G., Nelson, S., & Oddie S. (2016). Bullying Prevention and Prosocial Behavior: An Evaluation of the Mental Health Kit “Be Kind to Yourself and Others”. Paper at Agora Conference and Poster at U of C Research Conference.
  • Wells, J., & Bearden, A. (2016).  Exploratory Research into the Identification of Personality Traits and Consumption Tendencies that may contribute to a Devalued Perception of Romantic Relationships. Paper at Agora and Poster at U of C Research Conference.
  • Bearden, A., Goodyear, B., & Kahn, A. (2016). Effects of Gratitude Practice on Relationship Satisfaction and the Role of Perceived Superiority. Paper at Agora, Poster at U of C Conference.
  • Wallace, C., & Bearden, A. (2015). Being Perfectly Mindful: Examining the effects of mindfulness practice on self-compassion and perfectionism in College students. Paper at Agora, Poster at U of C Conference.
  • Dutrisac, S., Bearden, A., Borgel, J., & Oddie, S. (2015). Assessing the impact of a physical activity enhancement program on elementary students and teachers. Poster presented at the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress on Positive Psychology, June 2015, Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Armstrong, L., Bearden, A., & Oddie, S. (2014). Aboriginal Women and Community Perspectives of the Wetaskiwin and Area Primary Care Network Prenatal Program. Paper at Agora, Poster at U of C Conference.
  • Armstrong, L., Bearden, A., & Oddie, S. (2014). Aboriginal Women and Community Perspectives of the Wetaskiwin and Area Primary Care Network Prenatal Program. Presented Interprofessional Health Research Conference at RDC.
  • Borgel, J., Bearden, A., Prowse Turner, J. (2014). Do Individual Differences in Cognitive Sophistication Affect the Tendency to Engage in Victim Blaming? Paper at Agora, Poster at U of C Conference.
  • Newton, R., Bearden, A., Oddie, S., & Blackwell, S. (2014). Yoga-Thrive: An Evaluation of the Physical and Psychological Benefits of a Yoga-Based Program for Cancer Survivors and Patients. Poster presented at the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress on Positive Psychology, June 2014, California, USA
  • Bearden, A., Newton, R., Nelson, S., Ryga, T., & Oddie, S. (2014). Under My Skin: The Impact of Theatre in Addressing Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Peer Relations in Grade Seven Students. Poster presented at the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress on Positive Psychology, June 2014, California, USA
  • Dutrisac, S., Bearden, A., Borgel, J., & Oddie, S. (2013). Assessing the impact of a physical activity enhancement program on elementary students and teachers. Paper at Agora, Poster at U of C Conference.
  • Soucy-Dahl, M., Hayden, K., & Bearden, A. (2013). Therapist perceptions of the effectiveness an assessment tool for brief client-centered therapy. Paper at Agora, Poster at U of C Conference.
  • Newton, R. M., Bearden, A. G., Nelson, S., Oddie, S., Ryga, T. (2011). Social Action Theatre: The Impact of Theatre in Addressing Body Image, Self-Esteem, Active Living, Healthy Eating, and Peer Relations in Grade Seven Students. Research presented at the Interprofessional Health Research Conference at RDC.
  • Nederlof, D., & Bearden, A.G. (2010).  A proactive approach to enhancing body image, self-esteem, and positive relationships in our school communities. Research presented at the Interprofessional Health Research Conference at RDC.
  • Bearden, A.G. (2010).  A proactive approach to enhancing body image, self-esteem, and positive relationships in our school communities. Research presented at the Professional Development Conference at Red Deer College. 
  • Bearden, A.G., & Ellard, J. H. (2010). The Belief in a Just World: Terror Management defense mechanism or autonomous motive. Poster Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in January, 2010 (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA).
  • Bearden, A.G., Kinal, M.P., & Ellard, J. (2009). A prototype analysis of evil: Exploring lay conceptualizations.  Poster Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in February, 2009 (Tampa, Florida, USA).
  • Bearden, A.G., & Ellard, J. (2008). Exploring how Justice Affects Willingness to Forgive.  Poster Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in February, 2008 (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA).
  • Bearden, A. G., & Morrison, T. G. (2006).  Construction and validation of the Homopositivity Scale: An instrument measuring positive stereotypes about gay men.  Poster presented at the 67th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association (Calgary, AB).  Abstract # 58.
  • Brochu, P., Ellis, S., Morrison, M., Harriman, R., Morrison, T., & Bearden, A. (2005).  Men’s and women’s body consciousness during sexual intimacy. Poster presented at the 66th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association (Montreal, QC).  Abstract # 45. 
  • Harriman, R., Morrison, T., Morrison, M., Bearden, A., & Ellis, S. (2005).  Canadian post-secondary students and exposure to sexually explicit material:  Moving beyond a harms-based discourse. Poster presented at the 66th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association (Montreal, QC).  Abstract #96.
  • Morrison, T., Ellis, S., Bearden, A., Harriman, R., & Morrison, M. (2005).  Correlates of exposure to sexually explicit material among Canadian post-secondary students. Poster presented at the 66th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association (Montreal, QC).  Abstract # 112. 
  • Bearden, A.G. (2004).  Body Image Issues.  Moderator of symposium held at the 65th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association (St. John’s, NF). 
  • Bearden, A.G. (2004). Male College Students and the Drive for Muscularity.  Paper presented at the 65th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association (St. John’s, NF). 

Community Involvement 

  • Actively involved in building collaborations between RDC and surrounding community.
  • Consistently involve PSYC students in research projects with community organizations/partners on applied health research.
  • Incorporate Community Service Learning (CSL) into classes, giving students the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in applied settings while serving their community (e.g., SPARC, Central Alberta Refugee Effort, Alberta Health Services: Health promotion, Canadian Mental Health, Move Your Mood program, Mental health promotion in elementary schools, SportBall, Penhold Youth Club, RDC library Reading Pals program, Red Deer Hospital, Mustard Seed, Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta, and others).
  • Invite community guest speakers to class such as Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE), Primary Care Network (PCN) Happiness Basics Program, Alberta Health Services (AHS), Counselors, Community Liaison Workers, and Community Liaison Workers from Red Deer Public Schools, Discovery Wellness Mental Health, Steel Pony Farm, Larch Grove Farm, Penhold Youth Club, RCMP, and others.
  • Help with events such as the “Peeling the Layers of Homelessness and Poverty” event.
  • Actively promote mental health on campus. For example, helped to bring the Happiness Basics course (with Primary Care Network) on campus to students. 
  • Teach mindfulness, yoga, and meditation classes in the college and within the community.
  • Presentations and workshops within the community on mindfulness and self-care.

Community Presentations

  • Bearden, A. (2019). HeartMath Resilience Advantage Workshop. Red Deer Primary Care Network.
  • Bearden, A. (2019). Are humans the only conscious organism? Exploring animal and plant consciousness. Moderator for the Philosopher's café at RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2019). Mindfulness and self-compassion: Practicing self-care in order to better care for others. Part of the first-year nursing student curriculum on self-care.
  • Bearden, A. (2019). HeartMath Resilience Advantage Workshop. RDC Psychology Faculty, June 2019.
  • Bearden, A. (2019). Would you join a cult? Exploring powerful cult persuasion techniques. Moderator for the Philosopher's café at RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2018). Mindfulness and self-compassion: Practicing self-care in order to better care for others. Part of the first-year nursing student curriculum on self-care.
  • Bearden, A. (2019). Consumerism and Human Behaviour: Relevant research from social and positive psychology. Invited guest lecturer in Dr. Kathy Pallister's popular culture class.
  • Merrill, S. & Bearden, A. (2019). Poverty Reduction Needs: A comparison of experiences with poverty between service providers and those with lived experience in Red Deer. A presentation delivered to Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA).
  • Bearden, A. (2018). Moving from victim blame to compassion. Invited panelist for the CASASC event "I believe you now what? An interdisciplinary discussion about coping with sexual assault and navigating the system".
  • Bearden, A. (2018). Positive Psychology and Health. Invited guest lecturer in Dr. Patrick Wu's Health Psychology course.
  • Bearden, A. (2018). The power of the situation: impactful research from social psychology. Invited guest lecturer in Dr. Dan Haas' Moral Philosophy class.
  • Curtis, A. & Bearden, A. (2019). Student Transitions and Resilience: A Review. A presentation delivered to project collaborators and internal stakeholders interested in the active promotion of student resiliency on campus.
  • Curtis, C. & Bearden, A. G. (2018). Youth Strategy Collective Impact: A Literature Review.
  • Daines, B., & Bearden, A. G. (2018). Strengthening Positive Assets and Resiliency in the Community (SPARC): Evaluating the Promotion of Developmental Assets within Red Deer.
  • Bearden, A. (2018). Mindfulness and Self Care. Invited speaker for the Telus Management and leadership team retreat. 
  • Bearden, A. (2018). Resilience in the age of entitlement. Invited speaker for multidisciplinary Symposium “Conversation of Mind” at RDC Welikoklad by the student Psychology Society at RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2018). Why do we hate: Exploring motives for us vs. them thinking. Moderator for the Philosopher's café at RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2017). Personal and interpersonal benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion. Invited speaker for Backpacks to Briefcases at the Donald School of Business RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2017). Mindfulness and self-compassion: Practicing self-care in order to better care for others. Invited speaker for nursing students at RDC.
  • Hillman, M., & Bearden, A. G. (2018). Poverty Awareness Survey: Informing Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) Needs Assessment.
  • Daines, B., & Bearden, A. G. (2017). The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Youth Addiction: A review of current literature. Invited speakers to Alberta Health Services: Youth Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Team.
  • Bearden, A. (2017). Mindfulness and Self Care. Invited speaker for the Torys Law Firm wellness week in Calgary Alberta.
  • Bearden, A. (2017). Consumerism & Human Behaviour. Invited speaker for multidisciplinary Symposium “Conversation of Mind” at RDC Welikoklad put on by the student Psychology Society at RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2016). The mystery of consciousness. Moderator for the Philosopher's café at RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2016). Mindfulness and self-compassion: Practicing self-care in order to better care for others. Invited speaker for nursing students at RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2016). Personal and interpersonal benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion. Invited speaker for the Middle Years Council of Alberta Teachers' Association "Back to the Future 2016 Reinvesting in the Middle Years" conference at Red Deer College April 21-23.
  • Bearden, A. (2016). Mindfulness and self-compassion: Practicing self-care in order to better care for others. Invited speaker for a nursing conference at Red Deer Hospital in March, 2016.
  • Bearden, A. (2016). Where does morality come from? Invited speaker for multidisciplinary Symposium “Conversation of Mind” at RDC put on by the student Psychology Society at RDC.
  • Bearden, A. (2016). Mindfulness and self-compassion: Overcoming perfectionistic standards and detrimental effects of social comparison. Invited speaker for Eating Disorder Awareness Week event as part of the mental health initiatives at RDC put on by SA at RDC as well as the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) in February, 2016.
  • Bearden, A. (2015). The benefits of mindfulness to better care for self and others. Invited speaker for the Alberta Brain Injury Network Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Red Deer Oct, 2015.
  • Bearden, A. (2015). I am Empowered Series. Invited to deliver a series of Positive Psychology based workshops (positive schooling, self-efficacy, gratitude, flow, mindfulness, kindness, positive emotions, etc.) for students on RDC campus Sept 2015 - December 2015 organized by campus recreation, counselling center, and student life.
  • Bearden, A. (2015). From judgment to compassion: Interpersonal benefits of mindfulness in overcoming prejudice and discrimination. Invited speaker for Diversity days at RDC in March, 2015 organized by campus recreation, student life, and SA.
  • Bearden, A. (2013). Mindfulness based stress reduction intro for students. Invited to deliver a series of Mindfulness based workshops (e.g., meditation, mindful eating, mindful walking, yoga, body-scan, lovingkindness, etc.) for students on RDC campus between Jan 2013 – May 2013) organized by campus recreation and student life.
  • Nederlof, D., Odegard, B., & Bearden, A.G., (2011).  A proactive approach to enhancing body image, self-esteem, and positive relationships in our school communities. Research presented at a special panel for eating disorder awareness week “Eating Disorders: Close to Home” coordinated by Red Deer College Counseling Services.

Professional and/or RDC Leadership 

  • Current Head of Psychology, RDC
  • Faculty peer mentor, peer observer, and SGIF facilitator, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Invited by the CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) to create 4 short videos to be used in the RDC Post-Secondary Teaching Certificate (PSTC) course about positive psychology and teaching, topics included: positive schooling model, self-efficacy, mindfulness, and flow.
  • Adjunct Professor with University of Calgary
  • Supervise independent study research thesis courses for 4th year PSYC students
  • Psychology student Research Seminar series co-organizer and facilitator

Professional Memberships  

  • Faculty Association of Red Deer College (FARDC)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) 
  • International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
  • Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) 
  • American Psychological Association (APA)  
  • American Psychological Science (APS) 
  • Institute of HeartMath Certified Professional Trainer

Other Professional Training 

  • February, 2019 – HeartMath Resilience Advantage Certified Trainer, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • June, 2018 – Inquiring Mind Mental Health training, Red Deer College
  • March, 2017 – Happiness Basics Facilitator Training, Primary Care Network, Red Deer, AB
  • January, 2017 – Mindfulness Retreat and Conference for Educators at University of Calgary, AB
  • Aug - Sept, 2016 – Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion, and Joy Intensive Training for Professionals at Esalen Institute, Big Sur California
  • April, 2014 – Peer Observer, SGIF Facilitator Training, RDC Center for Teaching and Learning
  • May – June, 2012 – Yandara Hatha and Yin Yoga Teacher Training Intensive in Baja, Mexico
  • August, 2010 – Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with David Swenson in Calgary, AB
  • May, 2008 - Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) University of Calgary Teaching/Learning Center 
  • July, 2007 - Summer Institute for Social Psychology Intensive, University of Texas, Austin Texas 

Awards and Honours 

  • Extended Funding Grant, Red Deer College
  • RDC Contribution Award
  • PCN Collaborative Project Grant
  • RDC Health Research Collaborative Grant
  • Professional Development Grant, Red Deer College
  • RDC Health Research Collaborative Grant
  • RDC Health Research Collaborative Grant
  • Professional Development Grant, Red Deer College
  • Ralph Steinhauer Award of Distinction
  • Alberta Heritage Scholarship Funds
  • Dean’s Research Excellence Award, University of Calgary 
  • SSHRC CGS Doctoral Award 
  • Dean’s Research Excellence Award, University of Calgary             
  • Dean’s Entrance Scholarship, University of Calgary                      
  • Best Masters Thesis Award from CPA
  • The Martlet Chapter IODE Graduate Scholarship 
  • University of Victoria Merit Award
  • President's Research Scholarship University of Victoria                         
  • SSHRC Master’s CGS Award