Campus Directory: Bonnie Lee

University of Lethbridge

Bonnie Lee
Associate Professor
Health Sci - Addictions Counselling Program
Office: M3037 (Markin Hall)
Phone: (403) 317-5047


A.B. cum laude (English, Biology); M.Ed. (Speech Pathology); M.A. (Pastoral Studies in Marital Counseling and Individual Counseling); M.A. (Religious Studies); Ph.D. Religious Studies


Couple therapy evidence-based research, Counsellor training, Pathological gambling, Addictions, Immigrants and pathological gambling, Chinese cultural beliefs and values in gambling, Spirituality and healing

Research Areas

Congruence Couple Therapy efficacy study, Congruence Couple Therapy training, Pathological gambling, Ethnography on cultural values and beliefs related to gambling and recovery, Counsellor training evaluation

Alternate Languages

Chinese, German

Office Hours

Day (i.e. Monday, or MWF) 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Day (i.e. Monday, or MWF) 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Bonnie Lee, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences (Addictions Counselling Program). She is awarded the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier II) in Healthy Futures (2016-2019). Her peers and the University recognize her excellence and international reputation for pioneering a conjoint congruence couples therapy for addiction treatment and for her leadership in advancing a relational framework in the addiction field.

Her significant contributions in formulating a clear theoretical integration and new applications in carrying forward the work of Virginia Satir, a pioneer in family therapy, was recognized by the President of the Virginia Satir Global Network.

Dr. Lee obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Ottawa with two postdoctoral fellowships in the same institution. Prior to settling in Lethbridge, she had resided in nine cities around the world. A Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow with the American and Alberta Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, she espouses an ecological, human systems paradigm in her teaching, clinical practice and research. Her driving force is the enhancement of the lives and health of individuals in their contexts of family, culture, and society.

She received the Distinguished Contribution Recognition from the Alberta Association of Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010. She was also awarded the YWCA (Lethbridge) Woman of Distinction Award in the Spirit of Women category in 2010.

Selected Publications

Research Interests

1. Substance abuse, problem gambling, internet gaming and sex addiction

2. Couple Therapy in addiction -- Treatment and counsellors training

couples and family communication and interventions; concurrent disorders; pathways mapping of adverse childhood experiences with relationship distress and addiction/mental health issues; intergenerational transmission of mental health and addiction problems; randomized controlled trials; evaluation studies; theory development; knowledge transfer

3. Immigrants and internationalization:

Immigrant values and beliefs in mental health; factors conducive to immigrant integration; racism injuries and internalized racism; multiculturalism; indigenous and traditional knowledges; internationalization of teaching and learning

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Cultural Beliefs, Values and Process in a Hong Kong Gambling Recovery Program: A Focused Ethnography University of Lethbridge Faculty Research Enhancement Fund, $6,900, 2006.

Lee, B., Gregory, D., Solowoniuk, J.

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Contributions of Immigration Stress to the Development of Pathological Gambling among Cantonese-speaking Chinese Canadians: Four Case Studies Level 1 Research Award, Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre 2006
Development and Application of a Congruence Model of Couple Therapy (Phase II): Evaluation of a Counsellors’ Training Module Level III Research Award, Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre 2006
A comparison of photonovella and semi-structured interviews to examine seniors’ perceptions of barriers and facilitators to physical activity in community and long-term care settings Canadian Nurses Foundation, Nursing Care Partnership 2004
Assessing the Usability and Responsiveness of the Research Profile Assessment Process Canadian Health Services Research Foundation 2004
Networking Infrastructure for Community Health Nursing Researchers and Decision-makers Canadian Health Services Research Foundation 2003
Piloting a Counsellors’ Training Program on the Congruence Model Level I Award, Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre 2002
Case Studies and Analysis of Congruence Model Phase I Results Level I Award, Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre 2002
Well-being by Choice, Not by Chance: An Integrative, System-based Couple Treatment Model for problem Gambling Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award, Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre 2002

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