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Kyle Killian

PhD; RMFT; Director, Couple and Family Therapy Training Program, LingYu International Psychological Centre; AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor

Kyle Killian

Kyle D. Killian, Ph.D., RMFT received his B.A. in Psychology from Miami University and his masters and doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from the AAMFT-accredited program at Syracuse University, New York.

A couple and family therapist with 25 years of experience, Dr. Killian is an associate professor at York University and Research Faculty at the Centre for Refugee Studies.

He has published over 30 articles and book chapters on trauma and resilience, interracial couples, immigrant and refugee families, emotional intelligence, and other factors associated with resilience and burnout in health care professionals. He has delivered numerous presentations at national and international professional meetings, including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Family Therapy Academy, National Council of Family Relations, and the International Studies Association.

His co-edited volume Intercultural Couples: Exploring Diversity in Intimate Relationships is available from Routledge, and Crossing Racial Borders: Interracial Couples, Intimacy and Therapy in currently in press with Columbia University Press.

A member of the editorial boards of The Qualitative Report, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, Dr. Killian enjoys teaching family therapy theories, couple and sex therapy, and research methods, writing measures of emotional intelligence, post-traumatic stress, and critical thinking, and writing film analyses.

Dr. Killian is a member of an interdisciplinary team addressing interpersonal and community violence and traumatic stress processes in low-income neighbourhoods in the greater Toronto area. He is also co-Founder, Global Change Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, a non-governmental organization that provides education and training for professionals and advocacy for immigrants and migrant workers.

Selected Publications

Samuels-Dennis, J., Bailey, A., Killian, K.D., & Ray, S. (In press). The mediating effects of empowerment, interpersonal conflict, and social support on the violence-PTSD process. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 31(2).

Killian, K.D. (2012). Development and validation of the Emotional Self-Awareness Questionnaire (ESQ): A measure of emotional intelligence.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 38(3): 502-514.

Killian, K.D. (2012).  Resisting and complying with homogamy: Interracial couples’ narratives. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 25(2): 125-135.

Crooks, V.A., Hynie, M., Killian, K.D., Giesbrecht, M., & Castleden, H. (2011). Female newcomers’ adjustment to life in Toronto, Canada: Sources of stress and their implications for delivering primary mental health care. GeoJournal 76(2): 139-149.

Agathangelou, A. M., & Killian, K.D. (2011). (Neo) zones of violence: Reconstructing empire on the bodies of militarized youth. In Marshall Beier (Ed.), The Militarization of Childhood: Thinking Beyond the Global South (pp. 17-41). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Killian, K.D., & Agathangelou, A.M. (2009). The discourse of refugee trauma: Epistemologies of the displaced, the state, and mental health practitioners. Cyprus Review, 21: 19-58.

Killian, K.D. (2008). Helping till it hurts: A multi-method study of burnout, compassion fatigue and resilience in clinicians working with trauma survivors.  Traumatology, 14: 31-44.

Killian, K. D., & Agathangelou, A. M. (2008).  Electronic attachments: Desire, the Other, and the internet marital trade in the 21st century. In T. Karis & K. Killian (Eds.) Intercultural couples: Exploring diversity in intimate relationships (pp. 151-176). New York: Routledge.

Killian, K. D., & Agathangelou, A. M.  (2005).  Greek families.  In M. McGoldrick, N. Preto, and J. Giordano (Eds.), Ethnicity and family therapy (3rd ed.) (pp. 573-585). New York: Guilford.

Killian, K. D. (2002). Dominant and marginalized discourses in interracial couples’ narratives. Implications for family therapists.  Family Process, 41: 603-618.

Killian, K. D. (2001). Reconstituting racial histories and identities: The narratives of interracial couples.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27: 27-42.

Killian, K. D. (2001). Differences making a difference: Cross-cultural interactions in supervisory relationships.  Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 12: 61-103.

Killian, K. D. (Fall, 2000).  Locating self in relation to "other": Supervision and white privilege. Supervision Bulletin, 10-12.