Research Team


UBC logoCo-Investigator – Dr. Norman E. Amundson is a Professor in Counselling Psychology in the Faculty of Education at UBC. He has given numerous workshops and seminars and also has been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences. His publications include over 100 journal articles as well as the following books: Active Engagement, The Essential Elements of Career Counselling; The Physics of Living; Career Flow, Hope-Filled Engagement and Metaphor-Making. He has also authored several career workbooks including Career Pathways and Guiding Circles. Dr. Amundson has won a number of awards including The Stu Conger Award for Leadership (2013) and Best Research Article in the Career Development Quarterly (2004).

Doctoral Students – Wei-Chiao Hsu & Lynn Dumerton

MixtMode - color 600Co-Investigator – Tannis Goddard is the founder of Training Innovations and is an independent Consultant in the field. She has designed large scale programming for provincial and federal governments and has provided consulting services to governments and non-profits for 20 years. Training Innovations currently operates three Employment Services Centres as a part of the Employment Program of BC. Over the past decade, Tannis has been in the forefront of developing practice models for the delivery of online career interventions. Tannis holds a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Sheffield (UK) and is completing her PhD in Employment Research through the University of Warwick (UK) where she is exploring the context and facilitative variables that impact the experience and perceived effectiveness of online career guidance interventions. In 2007, Tannis received the Award of Excellence, from the Career Management Association of BC. In 2013, she was the featured practitioner in the launch issue of Careering magazine. She has served on the Board of Directors as Vice President for the BC Career Development Association and routinely presents at national and international conferences.

Research Associates – Jane Schmidt, M.A. & Mariana Braga, M.B.A.

Co-Investigator – Dr. Spencer G. Niles is Dean of the College of Education at William and Mary University, and he serves as the director of research for Kuder, Inc. (a web-based career planning service).  Dr. Niles is the recipient of the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Eminent Career Award, a NCDA Fellow, an American Counselling Association (ACA) Fellow, ACA’s David Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award, the ACA Extended Research Award, and the UBC Noted Scholar Award.  He served as President for the NCDA and Editor for The Career Development Quarterly (CDQ). Currently, he is the Editor of the Journal of Counselling & Development and serves on six additional editorial boards for national and international journals.  He has authored or co-authored approximately 120 publications and delivered over 125 presentations on career development theory and practice.

Co-Investigator – Dr. Hyung Joon Yoon is currently Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University, Washington, DC. He worked as Assistant Professor and Human Resource Development (HRD) Program Coordinator at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco. He also served as Graduate Faculty at Penn State. He holds a PhD in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State. He co-developed the Hope-Centered Model of Career Development (HCMCD) and Hope-Centered Career Inventory (HCCI). He also developed the Human Agency Based Individual Transformation (HABIT) model and the Assessment of Human Agency (AHA). He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR), and Career Development Facilitator Master Trainer. He serves on Board of Directors of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) as Trustee-at-Large (2013–2019).