University of Calgary

Alan McLuckie

  • Associate Professor
  • Child & Adolescent Development, Child Welfare, Child Trauma, Youth in the Criminal Justice System
  • Clinical Practice
  • Family Therapy

Research Interests

Currently Teaching


A graduate of the MSW program at U of C, Alan McLuckie joined the Faculty of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Prior to joining the Faculty Alan was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University and was the Advanced Practice Leader for Mental Health and Addictions Services at the IWK Health Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was responsible for family therapy training and programming.  Alan maintains an affiliation with Dalhousie University as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Psychiatry. Alan is an experienced mental health therapist specializing in individual and family-based psychosocial treatments for children, youth and families affected by mental health, neuro-developmental and learning difficulties. His clinical practice also involves supervision and training related to a range of psychosocial interventions including couple & family therapy, child & play therapy. His area of research compliments his direct clinical practice and teaching interests focusing on infant, child and youth mental health, parenting stress, family wellness and stigma.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Interests: Infant, child and youth mental health, neurodevelopmental and learning difficulties, families affected by mental health difficulties, vulnerable family coping, family wellness and parenting stress, stigma, psychotherapy and evidence-based practice models including individual, couple/family therapy, and play therapy, models of clinical supervision, quantitative and qualitative methodologies. 


Current Research

Alan is currently working with several research teams exploring i) the current landscape of mental health programming for children 0-5 years and their families, ii) how school-based mental health programming impacts stigma in youth, iii) how socioeconomic and university program factors influence students’ psychological distress levels, and iv) how Critical and Anti-oppressive approaches to social work are operationalized within direct practice settings. Alan also continues to examine family functioning and parenting stress in relation to childhood neuro-developmental disorders. 


2011, PhD, Social Work, University of Toronto

2001, BA, Psychology, University of Western Ontario

1998, MSW (Specialization: Clinical Practice), University of Calgary

1997, BSW (Honors), University of Western Ontario

Professional and Community Associations

Alan is a registered social worker in Alberta and Nova Scotia, and is a Board Member for the Council of the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers. He is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is an Early Career Member with the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). Alan is a Certified Child Psychotherapist & Play Therapist, as well as an Approved Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Child & Play Therapy.

He is also a member of the university's Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education (hyperlink the title to


University of Calgary Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award, 2015

Publications from 2008 to Present

Carrey, N., McLuckie, A., Green, R., Nolan, A., & Curran, J. (accepted). Embedding mental health interventions in early childhood education systems for at-risk preschoolers: an evidence to policy realist review. Systematic Reviews.

Carew, C., Kutcher, S., Wei, Y., & McLuckie, A. (accepted). Using digital and social media metrics to develop mental health approaches for youth. Adolescent Psychiatry.

McLuckie, A., Kutcher, S., Wei, Y., & Weaver, C. (submitted).Sustained Improvements in Students’ and Teachers’ Mental Health Literacy with use of a Mental Health Curriculum in Canadian Schools. BMC Public Health.

McLuckie, A. & Rowbotham, M. (2013). Narrative play therapy with families. In N. Riedel-Bowers (Ed.). Play therapy with families: a collaborative approach to healing (pp. 125-158). New York: Jason Aronson Publishers.

McLuckie, A., Allan, R. & Ungar, M. (2013). Couple and family therapy within the current pan-Canadian context. Contemporary Family Therapy, Special Issue on International Developments in Family Therapy, 35(2), 329-341.

Kutcher, S., Wei, Y., McLuckie, A., & Bullock, L. (2013). Educator mental health literacy: a program evaluation of the teacher training education on the Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion.

Kutcher, S. & McLuckie, A. (2013). Evergreen: Creating a national child & youth mental health framework for Canada. Psychiatric Services, 64(5), 479-482.

Kutcher, S. & McLuckie, A. (2011). Evergreen: A child and youth mental health framework for Canada. Paediatrics & Child Health, 16(7), 388.

Kutcher, S. & McLuckie, A. for the Child and Youth Advisory Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada (2010). Evergreen: A child and youth mental health framework for Canada. Calgary, AB: Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Mishna, F., McLuckie, A. & Saini, M. (2009). Real world dangers in an online reality: a qualitative study examining online relationships and cyber abuse. Social Work Research, 33(2), 107-118.

Lindsey, D., Shlonsky, A. & McLuckie, A. (2008). Child welfare in the 21st century. In D. Lindsey & A. Shlonsky (Eds.), Child Welfare Research (pp. 1-16). New York: OxfordUniversity Press.  

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