A life of research leads to a University Killam Professorship for Dr. Janet Werker, UBC professor and Canada Research Chair in Psychology. Dr. Werker is one of the world’s leading developmental psychologists. Through her research she explores the foundations of language learning, including multi-language acquisition in infancy.
UBC Psychology professor Dr. Steven Heine is named a 2016 Royal Society of Canada Fellow. His pioneering research has challenged key psychological assumptions in self-esteem, meaning, and the ways that people understand genetic constructs.
Dr. Sheila Woody, Professor of Psychology at UBC and Director of the Centre for Collaborative Research on Hoarding, researches the cognitive, social, emotional, and community aspects of hoarding behaviour. In a Q&A, Dr. Woody discusses her research, her interdisciplinary collaborations, and what factors may lead to hoarding behaviour.
This fall, UBC Psychology Instructor Steven Barnes will be delivering his award-winning instruction to students from over 150 countries. Barnes developed six free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement (AP)® Psychology exam.
Dr. Peter Suedfeld’s latest research gets a boost from the Canadian Space Agency to support a multi-centre, multi-investigator research project that investigates the psychological aspects of isolation inherent to spaceflight.
On September 30, 2015, UBC launched a year of Centennial celebrations. The year 2015 also marks a historical time for psychology at the university; it’s the 100th anniversary of when the first psychology class was offered. Explore our timeline for a glimpse of the past.
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Prof. Jessica Tracy on how politicians like Trump use hubris to achieve power
Pride is a complex emotion that plays an important role in our lives. In her book, Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success, UBC psychology professor Jessica Tracy examines the role of pride in shaping our minds, and how pride helps politicians like Donald Trump attain power. In Take Pride, you use Donald Trump as […]
Therapy dogs from Vancouver ecoVillage are helping UBC students unwind
Studies have shown that therapy-dog visits alleviate stress and improve health and well-being. Dogs are popular visitors in hospitals, senior centres, airports–and now universities. To help students adjust to university life, UBC Psychology is teaming up with the UBC Alma Mater Society and Vancouver ecoVillage to bring their therapy dogs to campus from September 27 to November 7 2016. At these dog […]
A life of research leads to a University Killam Professorship
Dr. Janet Werker began her long, prolific research and teaching career at UBC in 1985. Throughout her entire academic career, she has managed multiple roles at once. Not only is she a teaching professor and researcher who is director of the Infant Studies Centre in the Department of Psychology, she is also the one of […]
UBC Psychology prof Jessica Tracy’s new book ‘Take Pride’ hits bookshelves today
Why did Paul Gauguin abandon middle-class life to follow the path of a starving artist? What inspired Bill Gates to give away so much of his hard-won fortune? How has Donald Trump succeeded so excessively, when his winning style could easily be his greatest liability? As the renowned emotion researcher Jessica Tracy reveals in her […]
Taking an animated approach to teaching
A UBC psychology instructor is taking a creative approach to teaching – through the use of stop-motion animation. Steven Barnes, an Instructor in the Department of Psychology, has employed art and interactivity in his work for several years. His methods range from the use of stop-motion ‘chalkboard’ animation in his classes, to allowing students to […]
New online therapy program is helping students overcome social anxiety
Meeting new people and forging new friendships is an important part of university. Some students enjoy this aspect of student life, while others dread it. Students experience social anxiety differently; it can be pervasive for some and for others the anxiety surfaces in specific situations, such as class or group presentations or a simple social […]
UBC Psychology prof. Steven Heine elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Dr. Steven Heine is among 89 new Fellows elected into the Royal Society of Canada. The 2016 Fellows have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. […]
Meet the 2016/17 GSC presidential team
Meet the department’s new Graduate Student Council (GSC) presidents, Jennifer Campbell, Jordan Brace, and Bri Glazier. The GSC is composed of graduate students from different areas of the department. They aim to serve the graduate students in the department by acting as a bridge between the faculty/staff and the graduate students. In this Q&A, the presidential team share their research–and […]
Celebrate the start to a new school year: Imagine UBC
Imagine UBC is a university-wide orientation event that will be held on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. The Department of Psychology also offers several special psychology-specific events to introduce students to the many interesting people and exciting opportunities that UBC Psychology has to offer. On September 6, we will be hosting three Imagine day events for new and […]