Dr. Abdulrehman is a consulting and clinical psychologist and speaker with specialist training and experience in cognitive psychology and behavioural change, with a special focus on diversity and inclusion. His passionate yet calm and approachable style allows him to address complex and difficult topics with comfort, ease, and practicality. He has well over 15 years of experience in the innovative application of psychology to help create effective and practical change in a variety of sectors including health, business, education, NGOs and government sectors. He has worked with individuals and organizations in consulting and training roles.
Dr. Abdulrehman uses his skills as a clinician and researcher, as well as his lived experience as a person of colour and an immigrant, to provide a unique perspective that helps coach and guide those in leadership to gain insight and make effective change. His engaging style and storytelling make the science of microaggressions, privilege and representation understandable and relatable to experiences we all hold as shared, be it in a minority or majority culture. His advice is practical, actionable and creates real change, from the inside out. He works internationally, primarily in North America, Africa and the Middle East, bridging familiarity with all those cultures.
Dr. Abdulrehman also helps leaders and professionals in a range of sectors develop sustainable skills in cross-cultural competence—skills required to work well in an increasingly diverse world. He has been certified by national health bodies to train health professionals in cultural competency, has trained on governance on issues of diversity and inclusion for national psychological associations, consulted to government (locally and internationally) on critical matters of health and diversity, and is often called upon by media to speak on topics of diversity, inclusion, and mental health.
At the age of 48, having never played hockey, lisa joined a team and scored her first ever goal at a tournament in Iceland. Never having written much other than book reviews and poetry, she crafted a speech for the CEO of a major teaching hospital in Toronto that resulted in a $1 million donation offered on the spot. With little more than a sewing machine and a bit of nerve, she spent a summer making custom 'trick' clothing for magicians at the Vancouver Fringe festival. Beyond this, lisa has:
She is certified in the Strengths Deployment Inventory, Leadership Circle Profile, Lego Serious Play and The Leadership Styles and Climate—and works in both English and French. Finally, her love of travel has taken her to Iqaluit in the Canadian North (in -53c degree weather), villages in the Oaxaca valley (in Mexico) and a solo cycling trip across Ireland. Born in Northern Québec in a town that no longer exists, and raised just outside Montréal, Canada, she will forever be a Habs fan.