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Edward Rawana

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Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Lakehead University Campus
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Professor, Department of Psychology, Lakehead University
Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Human Sciences Division
Director, Centre of Education and Research on Positive Youth Development, Lakehead University
Registered Clinical Psychologist



Post-Doctoral Internship Diploma; Department of Psychiatry
McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)


Ph.D.; Experimental-Applied Psychology, Faculty of Behavioural Health Sciences
Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON)


M.A.; Psychology
University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON)


Hons. B.A.; Psychology
University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON)


Hons. B.Sc.; Physiology
University of Western Ontario (London, ON)

Research Investigations

My current interests include:

  • assessment and treatment of psychopathologies in children and adolescents
  • assessment of strengths and resiliencies within the context of family, school, and clinical settings
  • application of psychological strengths in the overall mental health treatment of children, adolescents, and their families
  • psychological strengths, culture, and Indigenous mental health

Dr. Rawana may have positions available for undergraduate or graduate students, depending on funding.

Selected Publications

Harris, N., Brazeau, J.N., Rawana, E.P., & Brownlee, K., & Klein, R. (2017). Self-perceived strengths among adolescents with and without substance abuse problems. Journal of Drug Issues47(2), 277-288.

Harris, N., Brazeau, J., Rawana, E., Brownlee, K., & Mazmanian, D. (2016). A preliminary examination of a strengths-based treatment for adolescent substance use issues. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy/Revue Canadienne de Counseling et de Psychothérapie50(2), 145-163.

Franks, J., Rawana, E., & Brownlee, K. (2013). The relationship between strengths in youth and bullying experiences at school. Educational and Child Psychology30(4), 44-58.

Clarkson, A., Harris, N., Brazeau, J. N., Brownlee, K., Rawana, E. P., & Neckoway, R. (2013). Initial therapeutic alliance and treatment engagement of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal youth in a residential treatment centre for substance abuse. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 22(2), 145-161.

Brownlee, K., Rawana, E. P., & MacArthur, J. (2012). Implementation of a strengths-based approach to teaching in an elementary school. Journal of Teaching and Learning8(1) 1-12.

Brazeau, J. N., Teatero, M. L., Rawana, E. P., Brownlee, K., & Blanchette, L. R. (2011). The strengths assessment inventory: Reliability of a new measure of psychosocial strengths for youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies21(3), 384-390.

Rawana, E. & Brownlee, K. (2009). Making the possible probable: A strength-based assessment and intervention framework for clinical work with parents, children and adolescents. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services90(3), 255-260.

Jung, S., & Rawana, E.P. (1999). Risk and need assessment of juvenile offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 26(1), 69-89.

Jung, S., Rawana, E.P., & Lod, B. (1997). Risk classification of young offenders. Forum on Corrections Research, 9, 23-25.

Davis, J.R., Rawana, E.P., & Capponi, D.R. (1989). Acceptability of behavioral staff management techniques.  Behavioral Residential Treatment, 4(1), 23-44.

Rawana, E.P., & Vogel-Sprott, M.D. (1985). Transfer of alcohol tolerance and its relation to reinforcement. Alcohol and Drug Dependence, 16(1), 75-83.

Vogel-Sprott, M.D., Rawana, E.P., & Webster, R. (1984). Mental rehearsal of a task under ethanol facilitates tolerance. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 21(3), 329-331.