Kathryn Belicki

Professor, Ph.D. (Waterloo), MTS (University of Toronto)

Office: MC B331
905 688 5550 x3873


  • personality & situational factors in forgiveness & forgiveness-seeking (e.g., apology), & reconciliation
  • different forms of forgiveness and their relation to personal and social well-being

Psychological Trauma

  • the impact of psychological trauma on psychological and physical well-being
  • the predictors of trauma outcome, including post traumatic growth

Dreams and Nightmares

I began my career by studying dreams and nightmares, with a focus on the personality predictors of  dream experience. After a lengthy break from that research, I am now returning to the study of dreams, with a focus on trauma and dream content. Dreams may provide a unique opportunity to document some of the subtle impacts of trauma that can be overlooked when post traumatic symptoms are the focus of study.

Psychology and Theology

In recent years I have been reflecting on the points of convergence and divergence between psychology and theology. This has informed both some of my research on forgiveness and also a recent study on attachment to God and its relation to trauma outcome.

Belicki, K., DeCourville, N., Michalica, K., & Stewart, T. (2013). Differences in why people forgive, and why it matters. Journal of Family and Community Ministries, 26, 26-48.

Belicki, D., & Belicki, K. (2010). Five hours to Baghdad: Lessons learned by two psychologists on a multidisciplinary health care mission to Iraq.  The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(6), 311-320.

Milner, C. & Belicki, K. (2010). Assessment and treatment of insomnia in adults: A guide for clinicians. Journal of Counseling and Development, 88, 236-244.

Belicki, K. Rourke, J., & McCarthy, M. (2008). Potential dangers of empathy and related conundrums. In W. Malcolm, N. DeCourville, & K. Belicki. (Eds.) Women’s Perspectives on the Complexities of Forgiveness. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

DeCourville, N., Belicki, K., & Green. M. (2008). Subjective experiences of forgiveness in a community sample: Implications for understanding forgiveness and its consequences. In W. Malcolm, N. DeCourville, & K. Belicki. (Eds.) Women’s Perspectives on the Complexities of Forgiveness. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Shepherd, S., & Belicki, K. (2008). Trait forgiveness and traitedness within the HEXACO modeL of personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 389-394.

Belicki, K., Gulko, N., Ruzycki, K. & Aristotle, J. (2003). Sixteen years of dreams following spousal bereavement.  Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 47, 93-106.