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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Aseel Al-Khalili , M.A., CCC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Expressive Therapist and Clinical Research Coordinator

Phone: 416-813-8343
Fax: 416-813-8839
Email: assel.al-khalili@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Since graduating from McGill University with a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology and completing postgraduate classes in Couple and Family Therapy in Montreal, Aseel moved into the health care realm when she joined the department of Psychology at The Hospital for Sick Children in 2004. Aseel is also a Certified Canadian Counsellor. She upholds two part-time positions within SickKids, working as both an Expressive Therapist and Clinical Research Coordinator for the Haematology/Oncology Program.

As an Expressive Therapist, Aseel provides counselling, therapy and psychoeducation for children and their families having difficulties adjusting to illness related issues. She is also the co-therapist for the Sibling Coping Together Program (SCTP) for siblings of children with cancer, aged six to 16 years old. As a clinical research coordinator, Aseel also runs and leads the Social Skills Intervention Group Program for children with brain tumours. Both, the SCT and the Social Skills Program are clinical research programs developed, supervised and led by Dr. Maru Barrera.

Clinical Care Activities

  • assessment and treatment (through counselling, therapy or psychoeducation) of behavioural and emotional problems associated with paediatric cancer diagnosis (under supervision of Dr. Maru Barrera)
  • facilitate evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents treated for cancer, and their siblings

Research Interests

  • psychological, social and quality of life outcomes of diagnosis and treatment for paediatric cancer
  • psychological outcomes of paediatric cancer on siblings and parents
  • psychological interventions to reduce distress and promote health after paediatric cancer

Research Activities

Provide psychological or health promotion interventions. - two intervention projects:

  • group intervention for siblings of children with cancer
  • social skills training for survivors of brain tumours


Barrera, M., Fleming, C., & Al-Khalili, A. (2005) A Group Social Skills Intervention Program for Survivors of Pediatric Brain Tumours. The Hospital for Sick Children. Printing & Graphics.

Psychosocial interventions for children with cancer and their families. Barrera, M and Al-Khalili, A. Professional services rounds. Hospital for Sick Children, Dec. 1, 2005.

Psychosocial Intervention for the child with a brain tumour, siblings and families. Barrera, M and Al-Khalili, A. b.r.a.i.n.child’s 7th Annual Paediatric Brain Tumour Conference. Mississauga, April 2005.