Monica Sesma-Vazquez (She/Ella)

Assistant Professor and Couple and Family Therapy Program Coordinator

Calgary Campus

PhD Psychology

Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City,

MSW Social Work clinical specialization

Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

MSc Psychology

Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City

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MacKimmie Tower : MT336

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Families and children
  • Newcomers, immigrants, and refugees
  • Clinical social work
  • Family therapy
  • Qualitative methodologies


Monica is a social constructionist-oriented social worker, family therapist, educator, supervisor, and researcher who lives in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) and Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, Canada. Monica is an Assistant Professor and the Academic Coordinator of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. She is the Research Coordinator of the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. Monica is currently a Board Member of the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her current clinical and research interests focus on relational and systemic work with undeserved communities. Monica research focuses on mental health and wellbeing, children and their families, immigrants, refugees, and newcomers’ issues, and gender-based violence.


  • Student Supervision, Mentorship, and Supporting Teaching Award, Faculty of Social Work. 2023
  • Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Social Work. 2022
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, Taos Institute. 2022
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, Taos Institute. 2016