Dr. Paul L. Hewitt

Dr. Paul L. Hewitt is a Full-time Professor in the Department of Psychology and in The Psychotherapy Program, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Bergamo, Italy as well as a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and of the Section on Clinical Psychology of CPA and winner of the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science from the Canadian Psychological Association.

He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988 and completed his clinical residency in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Recently named in the top 10 Canadian clinical psychology professors for research productivity, Dr. Hewitt is recognized for his seminal contributions to the theory and research on the role of perfectionism as a core vulnerability factor in psychopathology, physical health, relationship, and achievement problems.

He has published well over 300 research papers, books, and chapters. One of his most recent books, Perfectionism: A relational approach to conceptualization, assessment, and treatment synthesizes his research and clinical work on perfectionism and includes detailed information on the dynamic-relational individual and group psychotherapy that he and Dr. Samuel Mikail developed over the past 30 years. He, along with Dr. Mikail, conduct training workshops on the dynamic-relational individual and group psychotherapy for perfectionism they developed and refined and regularly is invited to speak internationally on his research and clinical work. Dr. Hewitt has had a private practice since 1988 which focuses on individuals experiencing difficulties from perfectionistic behavior, early trauma, depression, anxiety, personality, and interpersonal problems. He is currently Director of the Perfectionism and Psychotherapy Lab and the Dynamic-Relational Therapy Centre in Vancouver.

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Paul L. Hewitt, Ph.D, R. Psych.
Professor of Psychology
University of British Columbia