Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Assistant Professor Counseling Psychology Our Lady of the Lake University
411 SW 24th Street San Antonio, Texas 78207
Phone: 210-434-6711 Email:
Tanya Mudry has a BA in Psychology (University of Alberta), MSc in Health Promotion Studies (University of Alberta), MSc in Counselling Psychology (University of Calgary), and PhD in Counselling Psychology (University of Calgary). Tanya is an assistant professor of psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, Texas. She has clinical experience in community mental health settings with adults, adolescents, and children, and was trained in Family Therapy at Calgary Family Therapy Centre.
As a practice-oriented researcher, Tanya has experience conducting interdisciplinary research in Counselling Psychology, Nursing, Health Promotion Studies, Public Health, and Psychiatry. Her research program has evolved to focus on social constructionist inspired, discursive approaches to examine practices and processes including: counselling/therapeutic processes, addiction and recovery practices, and identity construction. For her doctoral dissertation, she conceptualized excessive behaviours (EBs; eating, Internet use, gambling) using a dialogic practice framework. Her focus was on the often-tacit behavioural and interpersonal practices that comprise and sustain EBs (‘doings’,’sayings’ and ‘relatings’), as well important components (materials and objects; discourses; sense of timespace; emotions, moods, and feelings; and embodiment) essential to their production and reproduction. A practice framework not only offers understanding of how unhelpful behaviours become excessive and stuck, but also offers pathways towards more preferred practices.
Tanya has engaged in international collaborations, and has presented and published in the areas of addiction and recovery, family therapy, and discourse analysis. She looks forward to continuing to collaborate with other in conversations, presentations, research, and writing.