Derek Truscott

Derek Truscott, PhD, is a Professor of Counselling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology and Adjunct Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta. He has practiced in hospital, community, group home, rehabilitation, and private settings. Derek is the author of Becoming an Effective Psychotherapist (American Psychological Association, 2010) and co-author (with Ken Crook) of Ethics and Law for Teachers (Thomson Nelson, 2007) and Ethics for the Practice of Psychology in Canada (UofA Press, 2004). He has served in numerous regulatory capacities for the College of Alberta Psychologists, Canadian Psychological Association, and at the UofA. Derek takes pride in striving to be a good (that is, ethical and effective) psychologist and inspiring others to do likewise. Additional information at


Selected Publications

Truscott, D. & Crook, K. H. (in press). Ethics for the practice of psychology in Canada. Revised and expanded edition. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.

Truscott, D. & Evans, J. (2009). Protecting others from homicide and serious harm. In J. Werth, E. R. Welfel, & A. Benjamin (Eds.), The duty to protect: Ethical, legal, and professional considerations in risk assessment and intervention (pp. 61-77). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sobsey, D. & Truscott, D. (2008). Ethical considerations in the treatment of chronic pain. In S. Rashiq, D. Schopflocher, & P. Taenzer (Eds.), Chronic pain: Health policy perspectives (pp. 51-57). New York: Wiley.


Derek Truscott