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

Efficacy of an Adapted Self-Guided Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Intervention (Mind-OP+) to Increase Connectedness: Randomized Controlled Trial

Conference session at the ABCT 57th Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA. — Bueno, C., Dukuye, P., & Beshai, S. (2023, November 18).

The Impact of Rumination and Cognitive Distortions on the Ability to Perform Cognitive Restructuring

Poster Presentation presented at the 84th Annual Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, ON, Canada. — Gulash, S., Beshai, S., Mehrabi, F., & Manjegani, Y. (2023, June 23).

Envy predicts depression symptoms over 6 months: A Random-Intercept Cross-Lagged Panel Study

Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 84th Annual National Convention, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada. — Mehrabi, F., Beshai, S., & Iskric, A., (2023, June 23).

Adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Interventions among Indigenous University Students to Reduce Depression and Anxiety Symptoms

Poster session presented at the CACBT Annual Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. — Mehrabi, F., Desjarlais, S. M., Green, B., & Beshai, S. (2023, May 5).

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