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Queen's University


In this issue:

Page 1:

  • A Message from the Department Head

People Report:

  • Staff and Faculty
  • Congratulations MA , MSc and PhD Grads

Researcher Profile:

  • Wendy Craig
  • Niko Troje
  • Department of Psychology Welcomes New Faculty
  • Retirees


  • Psyc 100 Redesign

Graduate Studies:

  • Focus on the
  • Clinical Program

A Final Word on...

  • The Annual Holiday Bonspiel

A Message from the Department Head, Rick Beninger

Department of Psychology a place of exciting new ideas

Warm greetings to Alumni and friends of the Department of Psychology. I had the honour of taking over the Headship in July 2009 after Kevin Munhall and Ron Holden each served as Acting Head for six months following Vern Quinsey’s retirement in 2008. Since I came to the Department in 1980, almost all of the faculty who were here have retired although a number of them continue as professors emeriti with offices in the Department. 

Psychology continues to be in high demand by undergraduate students and we retain our reputation as one of the best undergraduate psychology departments in Canada. In an effort to improve our course delivery, student engagement, and to take advantage of innovative new teaching methods, the Department is developing an entirely new format for delivering PSYC 100; you can read about it in Jill Atkinson’s report in this newsletter. We continue to have a large enrolment of graduate students, many who go on to academic and professional employment. 

Although many of the old themes remain in psychology, over the years with changing technologies and new discoveries especially in the brain sciences, approaches have changed and new collaborations among areas have developed. 

The age of the lone-wolf researcher toiling away in her laboratory to break new intellectual ground has given way to research consortia with multiple partners often at multiple sites. For example, Patricia Minnes, Wendy Craig and Kate Harkness each spearhead multi-centre research teams in their respective studies of integrating people with developmental disabilities into the community, promoting relationships and eliminating violence, and genetic and environmental factors that cause depression; you can read about this research in this newsletter. 

There is so much to tell you about! That is why we are sending you this newsletter: to let you know that your Department of Psychology continues to be a place of exciting new ideas and wonderful opportunities.

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