Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych. is Professor Emeritus of Trent University and Adjunct Professor at Saybrook University. He is a Fellow of APA and CPA and President of the International Network on Personal Meaning (www.meaning.ca) and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute. Editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, he has also edited two influential volumes on The Human Quest for Meaning. A prolific writer, he is one of the most cited existential and positive psychologists. The originator of Meaning Therapy and International Meaning Conferences, he has been invited to give keynotes and meaning therapy workshops worldwide. He is the recent recipient of the Carl Rogers Award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32 of the APA) and a member of a research group on Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life, which is funded by a major research grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Dr. Paul T. P. Wong is a registered psychologist who originated Meaning-Centered Counseling and Therapy (MCCT), an integrative, existential, and positive approach to counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy. Dr. Paul is also the Founding President of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) and the International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy (ISEPP), which publishes the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy (IJEPP). Aside from being the Editor-in-Chief of the IJEPP, he is also serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. He is Professor Emeritus at Trent University and Trinity Western University, and Adjunct Professor of Saybrook University.
Currently, Dr. Paul devotes most of his time to the INPM, writing, and private practice. His autobiography is being published in weekly installments, which can be found here. Moreover, as the conference chair, he invites you to the 10th Biennial International Conference, taking place this year August 2-5, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Paul T. P. Wong received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1970. He has held professorial positions at various universities, including the University of Toronto, York University, and Trent University. As the Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University (TWU), he established an accredited and widely recognized graduate program. He served as the Division Chair of Psychology and Business Administration at Tyndale University College. He was visiting scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of British Columbia. He has been invited to lecture at numerous universities and institutions in North America, Asia, and Europe.
Dr. Paul has published extensively
Dr. Paul is also known for developing several psychological measurements, including the Multidimensional Jealousy Scale (
Dr. Paul is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. Apart from his current editorial duties for the IJEPP and Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Dr. Paul has previously served on the editorial boards for PsychCRITIQUES, Stress Medicine, and the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. He has also served on federal government agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Washington, DC and the National Advisory Council on Aging for the Canadian Minister of Health in Ottawa, ON.
Apart from his academic pursuits, Dr. Paul 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
Dr. Paul was also the Founding Pastor of the Chinese Gospel Church in Toronto, as well as the founder of the Peterborough Chinese Christian Fellowship. 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.
Awards & Honours
Dr. Paul has received numerous awards and
Dr. Paul is an Honoured Professor at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis (2015) and an Accredited Honorary Lifetime Member of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in Vienna (2014). Moreover, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Tyndale University College (2004) and the Paul T. P. Wong Center for Research in Counselling Psychology was established by the Board of Governors at Trinity Western University to
Dr. Paul has been consulted and interviewed by major TV and radio stations, such as ABC, BBC, CBC, CNN, Global News, and CTV News, on a variety of psychological issues, such as the Stockholm Syndrome, PTSD and post-traumatic growth, transformative grieving, and positive psychology. As well, he has been consulted and interviewed by major newspapers, including the New York Times, the Financial Post, the National Post, the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun, and Peterborough Examiners. He has been cited by more than 6,000 websites internationally.
Dr. Paul is happily married to Dr. Lilian C. J. Wong, a practicing psychotherapist with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of British Columbia. Their older son, P. Austin Wong, is the director of business and legal affairs at DHX Media. Their younger son, Wesley P. Wong, is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, associate faculty at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and a principal investigator at Boston Children’s Hospital.
- Pfeiffer, S. M., & Wong, P. T. P. (1989). Multidimensional jealousy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 6(2), 181-196.
- Peacock, E. J., & Wong, P. T. P. (1990). The Stress Appraisal Measure (SAM): A multidimensional approach to cognitive appraisal. Stress Medicine, 6, 227-236.
- Wong, P. T. P., Reker, G. T., & Gesser, G. (1994). Death Attitude Profile – Revised: A multidimensional measure of attitudes toward death. In R. A. Neimeyer (Ed.), Death anxiety handbook: Research, instrumentation, and application (pp. 121-148). Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis.
- Wong, P. T. P. (1998). Implicit theories of meaningful life and the development of the Personal Meaning Profile (PMP). In P. T. P. Wong, & P. Fry (Eds.), The human quest for meaning: A handbook of psychological research and clinical applications (pp. 111-140). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Wong, P. T. P., & Page, D. (2003, October). Servant leadership: An opponent-process model and the revised servant leadership profile. In Proceedings of the Servant Leadership Research Roundtable.