UBC Psychology professors receive NSERC funding

Six psychology researchers were awarded funding to support their research discoveries.

The funding comes from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant Program, which is investing almost $500 million in science and engineering in Canada.

NSERC’s Discovery Grants go to researchers in a variety of disciplines with long-term goals and to early-career researchers with strong potential to become international leaders in their field.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I’d like to thank the country’s researchers for the hard work they continue to do at such a challenging time. With this support, we are investing in, and celebrating, the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research.”
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry


The following psychology researchers received NSERC funding:

Professor Todd Handy

Todd Handy

Dr. Todd Handy received a $200,000 Discovery Grant for his research Attention in Dynamic and Individualized Contexts.


Jason Rights

Dr. Jason Rights received a $90,000 Discovery Grant and a $12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement for his research Development and evaluation of R-squared effect size measures and methods for mixed effects models.


Kiran Soma

Dr. Kiran Soma received a $137,571 Discovery Grant for his research Microflow Liquid Chromatograph for Ultrasensitive Steroid Profiling by Mass Spectrometry.


Rebecca Todd

Dr. Rebecca Todd received a $200,000 Discovery Grant and a $120,000 for her research Contextual guidance of attention by emotional information.


Lawrence Ward

Dr. Lawrence Ward received a $165,000 Discovery Grant for his research Transcranial electrical stimulation and the neural dynamics of consciousness.


Janet Werker

Dr. Janet Werker received a $390,000 Discovery Grant for her research Comparing two phonemic category learning mechanisms in infancy and the factors that modulate their efficacy.

A huge congratulations goes out to our faculty on this significant investment in their research programs!

A full list of UBC recipients can be found on the UBC Research and Innovation website here.