Professor Profiles

Sophie Yohani

Sophie Yohani

Associate Professor


Educational Psychology

About Me

Dr. Sophie Yohani is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta.  Her professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), Canadian Counselling Association (CCA), Psychology Association of Alberta (PAA), Alberta Play Therapy Association, Association of Women Psychologists (AWP), and The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)


Dr. Sophie Yohani is a psychologist with background in counselling psychology, global mental health, elementary education and experience in community psychology, program development, and community-based research.  Dr. Yohani maintains a special interest in childhood and adult trauma and the experiences of hope and resiliency.  She is interested in the mental health outcomes of refugee and immigrants based on pre- and post-migration experiences and program/policy implications in educational and community settings.  She is also interested in the perceptions of trauma, loss, and adaptation from the perspective of survivors and helping professionals who work with diverse and underrepresented populations.

Dr. Yohani’s focus on trauma and adaptation stems from practice that has involved work in private practice, at a Centre for Survivors of Torture and Trauma and a community-based War Rape Initiative. She has explored the use of hope-focused counselling applications to understand resources that individuals and helping professionals utilize to cope and adapt in light of traumatic experiences. Dr. Yohani is currently exploring the role of cultural brokers in facilitating the adaptation and delivery of mental health services for refugee children and families in school/community settings and the mental health of refugee women and child survivors of war-related violence.