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Professor Emeritus Stanley Coren featured in the UBC Annual Report

The Audience Sits Up, Rolls Over Popular author, lecturer, blogger, broadcast celebrity, academic researcher and canine expert; Professor Emeritus Stanley Coren received the Maxwell Medal of Excellence from the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). The author of some 400 research papers and articles on a wide range of psychological areas and 19 books for […]

Q and A with Luke Clark, leading gambling psychologist

(July 18) Dr. Luke Clark, a global expert in the field of gambling research, joins the Department of Psychology as the inaugural director of the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC. Clark, who led the UK’s largest study of pathological gamblers, will lead the academic and operational activities of the Centre beginning July 1, 2014. […]

UBC Psychology research a feature story in UBC’s 2013/14 Annual Report

On the UBC Vancouver campus, the walls do ‘speak’ and apparently, some far more persuasively than others. To assist the UBC Campus Sustainability Sort it Out program and to underline the campus as a ‘living lab’, the UBC Department of Psychology monitored the recycling outcomes at two popular eating areas in two very differently designed […]

Jason Snyder receives 2014 MSFHR Scholar Award

July 9, 2014 Join us in congratulating Assistant Prof. Jason Snyder on his recent Scholar award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. The award goes towards his project: functions for new neurons in remembering stressful experiences and repairing the adult brain. He is among thirty-two exceptional BC health researchers named recipients of Scholar […]

Canada’s Most Versatile Psychologist: Dr. Peter Suedfeld

July 7, 2014 At the 75th Annual CPA Convention in Vancouver, Dr. John Connors gave a fascinating talk on UBC Psychology Professor Emeritus Peter Suedfeld’s background, history and groundbreaking research in the field of REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy).

UBC Psychology welcomes new Department Head

Dr. Geoffrey Hall begins his five-year term as Department Head on July 1. Hall is the Director of the Language Development Centre and a part of the Early Development Research Group, a group of five research centers interested in the development of language, learning, and social understanding in children. He succeeds Dr. Alan Kingtsone, who […]

UBC Psychology faculty receive new NSERC grants

June 26, 2014 Six UBC Psychology professors involved in research ranging from understanding our lifespan memory development; to components of human selective attention are receiving new funding through the Discovery Grants program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Peter Graf (Discovery grant) Prospective memory across the adult lifespan Todd Handy […]

Job interviews reward narcissists, punish applicants from modest cultures

Media Release | June 12, 2014 A study by UBC Psychology Prof. Del Paulhus finds that narcissistic applicants are more successful in job interviews than equally qualified candidates who act more modestly. The findings suggest that applicants from cultures that place greater emphasis on humility, including some Asian cultures, may have a harder time landing […]

Dr. Peter Suedfeld a Featured Fellow in Canadian Geographic

UBC Psychology Professor Emeritus Peter Suedfeld is a Featured Fellow in the June 2014 Canadian Geographic! Dr. Suedfeld has journeyed to places such as Antarctica to study the effects of isolation on people. Read the full profile here.  

Clinic Director
UBC Psychology Clinic – Posted 06/09/14

The UBC Psychology Clinic at the University of British Columbia has an opening for a Clinic Director. The Clinic Director serves as the administrative director of the Psychology Clinic. Position Description The clinical program in the UBC Department of Psychology is CPA and APA- accredited and the Psychology Clinic serves as a teaching resource for […]

UBC Psychology student awards announced

Each year, UBC Psychology students are recognized for their department contributions and overall academic achievements. Please join us in congratulating our exceptional undergraduate and graduate students who received the following awards: Undergraduate award recipients Jean Bolocan Prize (outstanding BA student in final year of study) Sandy Yee Eric Eich Award (outstanding BA student in final […]

Dads who do chores bolster daughters’ aspirations

Fathers who help with household chores are more likely to raise daughters who aspire to less traditional, and potentially higher paying, careers. So finds a new study that suggests how parents share dishes, laundry and other domestic duties plays a key role in shaping the gender attitudes and aspirations of their children, especially daughters. While […]

PhD student Benjamin Cheung awarded UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Hearty congratulations goes out to UBC Psychology PhD student Benjamin Cheung, recipient of a 2014 UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! UBC annually awards teaching prizes to UBC teaching assistants in recognition of the valuable role that they play in undergraduate programs.   (May 2014) Photos courtesy of UBC Ceremonies and Events

A former UBC Psychology Professor’s Honorary Degree acceptance speech

Ten years ago Nobel Laureate and former UBC Psychology professor Daniel Kahneman received an honorary UBC degree alongside his wife Anne Treisman, also a former UBC Psychology professor and a 2011 National Medical of Science Laureate. Kahneman earned the Nobel Prize in 2002 for integrating psychological research into economics, particularly concerning human judgement and decision-making […]

Sisters’ achievements a combination nature and nurture

Twin sisters Negah and Pegah Mortazavi are in synch in all aspects of their lives. They joined UBC with matching entrance scholarships to pursue their honours degrees in psychology. Their enthusiasm and energy mirrors one another and they share a close bond. The scientist in them attributes this to culture, genes and environment. “Very early […]

Dr. Sunaina Assanand Awarded UBC Killam Teaching Prize

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sunaina Assanand, who received the 2013/2014 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. UBC Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually in the Faculty of Arts and they recognize distinguished teaching at all levels of instruction.  Dr. Assanand was selected for this award in recognition of her reputation of being an outstanding teacher who […]

UBC Psychology Professor Liisa Galea on ‘baby brain’ and other ways that motherhood changes a woman’s brain chemistry

Motherhood permanently alters the brain, exposing moms to different health risks than women without children, says UBC neuroscientist Liisa Galea. Galea says understanding the long-term effects of motherhood will improve medical care and treatment for mothers. Read the Q and A with Liisa Galea at UBC News.

Benjamin Cheung receives Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Congratulations goes out to UBC Psychology MA student Benjamin Cheung, recipient of the 2013/14 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! UBC annually awards teaching prizes to UBC teaching assistants in recognition of the valuable role that they play in undergraduate programs. With over 2000 Teaching Assistants working at UBC, winning this award is a remarkable achievement. The […]

Dr. Janet Werker Elected as 2014 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its 2014 class of new members, which includes winners of the Nobel Prize; the Wolf Prize; the Pulitzer Prize; National Medal of the Arts; MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellowships; and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. Dr. Werker’s membership is an exciting first for the Department of […]

The new pulse of digital music

UBC Psychology major Diana Brownie is transforming music and dance in UBC’s Laptop Orchestra. The third-year Psychology student says the ensemble’s motion technology helps non-musical collaborators feel more part of the show. “As a dancer, the music typically dictates your movements,” Brownie says. “But with this, your dancing create the sounds – so it’s been […]

Canada Fund for Innovation awards UBC $2.2M to boost research

Congratulations to UBC Psychology researchers Frances Chen and Kiran Soma who received Canada Fund for Innovation awards to fund their research! Assistant Professor Frances Chen (left) received $124,971 for laboratory infrastructure for her Social Health Lab and Associate Professor Kiran Soma received $254,806 in infrastructure support for the UBC Steroid Profiling Laboratory. More    

UBC Psychology PhD student Michael Muthukrishna is a SSHRC Storytellers finalist

UBC Psychology’s Michael Muthukrishna created this video to explain Psychohistory and was selected as a Top 25 Storyteller. The top entries demonstrated the impact of SSHRC research and addressed key societal issues highlighting how research in the social sciences and humanities helps us understand and improve the world around us.

CPA Clinical Section Educational Activity Student grant awarded

Congratulations to our graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program who successfully received a Canadian Psychological Association Clinical Section Educational Activity Student Grant! The grant is subsidizing registration fees for UBC and SFU clinical psychology graduate students for a workshop on Psychological Treatment of Addiction and Concurrent Disorders on May 9, 2014. Registration is open […]

UBC psychology professor Joseph Henrich renewed as Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition and Co-evolution

Research ranging from Latin poetry to neuroethics at the University of British Columbia has received an $8.5 million boost in federal funding for eight professors appointed or renewed as Canada Research Chairs. The UBC contingent is among the 102 new and renewed chairs announced Friday by Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, […]

The power of the crowd

In the age of Kickstarter, tech-savvy scientists explore new ways to engage the public in their research. When Docky Duncan started crowdfunding for his quirky research project, he didn’t think he was doing anything out of the ordinary. “If a local rock band can be successful at crowdfunding, we figured a bunch of scientists should […]

Head games: How the mind works when gambling

Tiny ‘rat casino’ offers insight into brain and possible treatments for compulsive gambling UBC Psychology Prof. Catharine Winstanley’s work on gambling addictions will be a highlight of the new Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, a major new research and clinical facility that recently opened at UBC. In 2009, Winstanley’s Laboratory of Molecular and Behavioural Neuroscience […]

2013 Undergraduate Student of the Year Honourable Mention

UBC Psychogy student Eva Kwan received an honourable mention for the Arts Co-op Student of the Year Award! Eva was recognized for her work at the Canadian Space Agency’s Operational Space Medicine Programme, where she supported Commander Chris Hadfield with his mission to space. “She made a huge difference in the success of my spaceflight […]

Spring forward? Is Daylight Saving Time worth it?

Daylight Savings Time causes an initial hazard, but there is “a life-saving benefit,” says UBC Psychology Professor Stanley Coren.

Gambling research pioneer to lead new centre at UBC

Leading gambling psychologist Luke Clark will join the University of British Columbia’s Dept. of Psychology as inaugural director of the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC to advance research and understanding of problem gambling behaviours. Clark, who led the UK’s largest study of pathological gamblers, will lead the academic and operational activities of the Centre beginning July 1, 2014. […]