Ammaar Kidwai, MA, PhD Candidate

Ammaar Kidwai is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University. He has extensive experience providing individual and group therapy to adults using evidence-based psychotherapy. He has a special interest in providing services for depression, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and gender and sexual identity issues. Ammaar is in the final stages of completing his doctoral degree and intends to register as a Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Education and Training

Clinical Psychologist

Ammaar received his Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto/OISE (UFT/OISE) and is currently completing his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University. He recently completed his pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Residency in the Complex Care & Recovery Program and the Adult Gender Identity Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He has also trained at the Integrated Day Treatment program at CAMH, the Psychology Training Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital, the OISE Psychology Clinic at UFT/OISE and in several psychological clinical trials at Ryerson University. Ammaar is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA).

Theoretical Approach

Informed by an intersectional lens (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, immigrant status, health status, ability), Ammaar adopts an integrative approach to psychological treatment, drawing from evidence-based interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

In addition to providing therapy and psychodiagnostic assessment, Ammaar has experience in conducting medical readiness assessments (e.g., hormone therapy, surgical) for members of the transgender and gender expansive community. He is also pursuing clinical training with couples.

Ammaar works with a broad range of presenting concerns including:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Complex Trauma/PTSD
Psychosis (e.g., Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder)
Sexuality and Gender Identity Related Concerns
Race/Ethnicity, Culture and Religion Related Concerns
Difficulties with Sex and Relationships
Personality Disorders (e.g. Borderline Personality Disorder)
Body Image

Research Interests

Ammaar’s research interests include the lived experiences of microaggressions among queer men of colour, particularly South Asian queer men. Specifically, Ammaar is interested in better understanding how queer men of colour experience microaggressions within their cultural communities (e.g., heteronormative expectations informed by cultural values and norms) and the larger queer community (e.g., sexual consent and expectations perpetuated by racial/ethnic stereotypes). Informed by a strengths-based perspective, Ammaar aims to highlight the coping strategies used by queer people of colour to cope with microaggressions. In his effort to conduct research with real-world impact, Ammaar has partnered with queer, South Asian organizations including Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention and Salaam Canada (a queer Muslim organization).

As recognition for his work, Ammaar has been awarded several scholarships including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Engage Studentship Award, and the Ryerson Graduate Scholarship. 

Personal History

Ammaar is of South Asian heritage and is a second-generation Pakistani-Canadian. Ammaar grew up in a Muslim family. Ammaar believes in increasing accessibility for psychotherapy among marginalized communities (e.g., individuals with severe mental illness, LGBTQ+ community, racial/ethnic communities) and remains passionate in integrating work with these communities in his clinical training.

In his spare time, Ammaar enjoys listening to music, watching television, and spending time with his friends and family.


Selected Academic and Clinical Work

Kidwai, A., Noor, S. W., Ayoub, M., Hart, T. A., & Brennan, D. (in preparation). The Curious Case of Community: An Investigation into the Impact of GBM Involvement and Identification on Psychological Distress Among Racialized GBM.

Smith, N. G., Hart, T. A., Kidwai, A., Vernon, J. R. G., Moody, C., Blais, M., & Adam, B. (2017). Results of a Pilot Study to Ameliorate Psychological and Behavioral Outcomes of Minority Stress Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men. Behavior Therapy, 48, 664-667.

Invited Presentations

Kidwai, A. (2019. October). Not So Micro”: Understanding the Impact of Microaggressions on Psychological Health. Board of Examiners of Sex Therapists and Counsellors of Ontario Day of Education, Toronto, ON.


Kidwai, A., Ibáñez-Carrasco, F., McLoughlin, G., & Carriere, C. (November 1, 2018). HIV & Microaggressions. Retrieved from

Conference Presentations

Kidwai, A., & Ayoub, M. (January, 2020). Life Steps: Addressing Barriers for LGBTQ Students enrolled in Higher Education. Poster presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kidwai, A., Noor, S. W., Faaborg-Andersen, M., Brennan, D., George, C., Hart, T. A., Newman, P. A. (2017, May). Community Involvement and HIV sexual risk among gay and bisexual men of colour. Poster presented at the 23rd Congress World Association of Sexual Health, Prague, Czech Republic. Published as an abstract in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, S4.

Facilitated Workshops

Tallon, K, Kidwai A., Horner, K., Schwartz, C., Babcock, A., Hranilovic, S., Jackson, L., & Weisdorf, T. (2017, October). Transgender and Gender Diverse Care: St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team’s Drive to Create an Interprofessional Model for the Referral Process for Gender Affirming Surgery. Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario Conference, Toronto, ON.