Dr. Paul T. P. Wong received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. He has held professorial positions at various universities, such as York University, University of Toronto, and Trent University. As the Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University (TWU), he has established an accredited and widely recognized graduate program. More recently, he served as the Division Chair of Psychology and Business Administration at Tyndale University College. He had been a visiting scientist to the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of British Columbia. He has been invited to lecture in numerous universities in Asia and North America. Currently, he devotes most to his time to writing and private practice.
He has published extensively with more than 120 scholarly journal articles, 60 invited chapters and 5 books. He is internationally known for his research on meaning in life, death acceptance, successful aging, positive existential psychology and meaning therapy. Many of the papers have been reprinted in anthologies. He has given keynote addresses and workshops around the world, and has done numerous media interviews on various topics of psychology.
With more than 2,000 citations according to Scholar.Google.com, he is one of the few psychologists who have been cited by journals and textbooks in diverse areas, ranging from animal learning to social-personality, and leadership-management.
The second edition of his edited volume on The Human Quest for Meaning will be released by Routledge in 2010. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy and he is also on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Global Management Journal. He has edited special issues for Stress Medicine, Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, Canadian Psychologist, and Death Studies.
He is a Fellow of both American Psychological Association and Canadian Psychological Association. He is the Founding President of the International Network on Personal Meaning (www.meaning.ca), and the International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy (www.existentialpsychology.org). He has also served many Government agencies, such as National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Washington and the National Advisory Council on Aging for the Ministry of Health in Ottawa.
Contributions to the community
Apart from his academic pursuit, he is also devoted to serving people as a Registered Clinical Psychologist and an ordained pastor in Ontario. Currently, he and his wife maintain a private practice through the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute, Inc. (MCCI). They also offer professional training and supervision for those interested in meaning-centered counselling and therapy (MCCT) – an integrative, positive and existential approach to therapy.
The MCC approach is designed to repair what is broken as well as bring out what is best in people. He has applied this approach to developing positive leadership and management.
He was also the Founding Pastor of the Chinese Gospel Church in Toronto. He has spent more than three decades ministering to refugees, foreign students and new immigrants. He has contributed many articles to Christian publications and spoken at Pastors’ conferences. He enjoys mentoring young pastors.
Honours and distinctions
He has received numerous awards, such as the Statue of Responsibility Award from the Institute of Logotherapy, Van-City Cultural Harmony Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from INPM. Recently, he was awarded the 12th Global Love of Life Medal for his contributions to the suffering people through his writings, teachings, and personal example of being a courageous cancer survivor. Trinity Western University has established the Paul T. P. Wong Counselling Psychology Research Center to honour his contributions.
He is the architect and organizer of International Meaning Conferences that attracts experts from all over the world to address vital issues that affect individuals and society.
He has been interviewed/consulted by numerous TV, Radio stations, including CBC, BBC, ABC, CNN, CTV, and Global TV on psychological topics. As well, he has been interviewed/consulted by major newspapers, including New York Times, Financial Post, National Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun and Peterborough Examiners. He is cited by more than 6,000 websites internationally.
He is married to Dr. Lilian C. J. Wong, also a psychologist. Their older son, Austin, is an entertainment lawyer with Rhombus Media in Toronto. Their younger son, Wesley, a PhD in Physics, is a Research Fellow at Rowland Institute at Harvard University.
Websites: www.drpaulwong.com/ www.meaning.ca/ www.existentialpsychology.org/ www.MeaningCenteredInstitute.com
Social Media: www.facebook.com/PaulTPWong/ www.twitter.com/PaulTPWong/
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