Dr. Shadi Beshai

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of Regina

About me


Dr. Shadi Beshai is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina, the Director of the Depression Cognition and Culture Lab, and a registered Doctoral Clinical Psychologist (in Saskatchewan). Dr. Beshai’s research is focused on improving access to and promotion of evidence-based psychological treatments for adult depression and anxiety. Specifically, Dr. Beshai has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles on the cultural adaptation of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions. He has also published extensively on improving public literacy about such interventions and ways to disseminate them more widely. Dr. Beshai’s research is funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), and the SaskatchewanHealth Research Foundation (SHRF).


Dr. Beshai received a Bachelor's of Arts, Honours (Suma Cum Laude) from York University, Toronto, Canada. He completed his Master's of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) Degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Beshai completed a one-year research fellowship and residency at the University of Exeter, England.


Publications - Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

The Intersection of Attention and Memory in Depression: Validation of a New Attention-Memory Computerized Task

Poster presented at the 76th Annual Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Ottawa, ON. — Pereverseff, R., Beshai, S., Mastikhina, L., McDougall, K. A., & Dobson, K. S. (2015)

Reduced Contact Cognitive Programs for Adult Depression

Poster presented at the 123rd American Psychological Annual Convention, Toronto, ON. — McDougall, K. A., Beshai, S., Wallace, L., Waldmann, K., & Stea, J. N. (2015).

Negative and Positive Self-Referent Cognitions in Depression: Validation of the Cognitive Theory among a Depressed Egyptian Sample

Poster presented at ABCT’s 48th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. — Pereverseff, R., Beshai, S., Mastikhina, L., McDougall, K. A., & Dobson, K. S. (2015).

Cross-Cultural Validation of Beck’s Cognitive Theory of Depression

Poster presented at the 75th Annual Canadian Psychological Association Convention. Vancouver, BC. — Beshai, S., Dobson, K. S., & Adel, A. (2014, November).

Lab - Depression, Cognition, & Culture

Dr. Shadi Beshai

Dr. Shadi Beshai is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. Research in the DCC Lab, as directed by Dr. Beshai, is aimed at the local and international promotion and adaptation of evidence-based psychotherapies (e.g., CBT and Mindfulness-Based Interventions). Dr. Beshai's research is funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). Research by Dr. Beshai and other gifted DCC Lab members (see below) has been published in many highly esteemed, peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Clinical Psychology Review; Mindfulness; Behavior Therapy).



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Dr. Shadi Beshai
Department of Psychology
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway Regina, SK. S4S0A2