Huma is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. She completed her Master’s in Psychology (MPsy) in Counselling Psychology at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto and MA in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto.
She incorporates her professional training with her interest in mindfulness meditation and psychotherapy spanning the psychodynamic and sensorimotor spectrum. She also trains in topics of advanced mindfulness practice based in Zen Buddhism and Interpersonal Neurobiology, a method that aims to integrate the mind, embodied brain, and relationships to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Huma’s PhD research is focussed on understanding mindfulness and its impact on self-construal. She is working to reconnect mindfulness to the Eastern wisdom from which it was derived and to increase its effectiveness in improving wellbeing outcomes in the West. Her goal is to re-establish mindfulness as a tool for the contemplation of experience and the self and not merely a tool for behavior adjustment. She is doing this by developing an empirical understanding of the different ways in which we understand and create a sense of self and the impact of mindfulness on it. To this end, she is studying the narrative self, embodied self, and self-transcendence and their impact on stress and wellbeing.