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WEEK OF August 18, 2017

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Upcoming Defenses


  • Sophie Kenny, August 29, 2017 at 2PM, HUM 228, Supervisor: Troje, N., Perceptual effects of inconsistency in human animations.


  • Karen Lee, August 23, 2017 at 9AM, HUM 228, Supervisor: Dringenberg, H. Gating of long-term potential (LTP) in the thalamocortical auditory system of rats by serotonergic (5-HT) receptors.
  • Alsion Crawford, August 23, 2017, 1PM, HUM 228, Supervisor: Tripp, D., The role of emotion regulation in the relationship between pain, catastrophizing, depression, and disability in women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome
  • Tanya Tran, August 28, 2017 at 3PM, HUM 228, Supervisor: Bowie, C., Motivation to expend physical and cognitive effort as predictors of functioning in Major Depression.
  • Simon Cunningham, August 29, 2017 at 1PM, Gordon Hall 402B, Supervisor: Harkness, K., Childhood maltreatment and mechanisms of vulnerability within anhedonia and depression.
  • Alexandra Tighe, September 7, 2017 at 10 AM in HUM 228, Supervisor: T. Hollenstein, Socioemotional Flexibility in Mother-Daughter Dyads Across Multiple Time Scales: A Longitudinal Follow-Up


Chair of Undergraduate Studies Meghan Norris has been busy since arriving less than three weeks ago. Meghan and Undergradaute Program Associate Cheryl Hamilton recently submitted and were awarded a $5000 grant for a Cognitive Assessment Redesign grant from the Centre for Teaching and Learning. This grant will fund proactively exploring evidence-based learning methods in PSYC100. Congratulations to you both and thank you for all your work on behalf of the department!

Graduate Program Recruiting Videos

Check out our Developmental Area graduate student recruiting video that was just completed this week! Click here to watch the video. Production on the Clinical, Social Personality, and BBCS Area videos is well under way and will be completed in August! Stay tuned!

2018-2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) Competition

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years. DEADLINE TO SGS: OCTOBER 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) More information (PDF, 176 KB)

2017 SSHRC Insight Grants Competition Launched

The 2017 Insight Grant description and access to the application form is now available. Click the following link for important upcoming deadlines and the application form: More information (PDF, 389 KB)

Call for Projects

Can you think of how some custom-made computer software could make your professional life easier? Are you willing to interact with smart, energetic 4th-year Computing students, describe your software needs to them, and serve as a “client” till April next year? If so, then you might just get that software for FREE. More information (PDF 101 KB)

copyrightAccess Copyright vs York University

On July 12, 2017, Access Copyright, (a collective representing creators and publishers in Canada) won a lawsuit in the Federal Court against York University. This is a complex case, and the Federal Court's decision could have broad implications for the post-secondary sector. Queen's is reviewing the decision and is consulting with Universities Canada and its member universities. The Queen's Copyright Office will post additional information as it becomes available. More information (PDF, 226 KB)

Experience Your Life Expo - September 17, 2017

Experience Your Life Expo is one of the largest events in Canada focused on connecting post-secondary students and young professionals with employment, entrepreneurship or travel with purpose opportunities. We have one of the highest representation of federal and provincial employers in Ontario as well as employment opportunities that allow youths to travel around the world. More information (PDF, 88 KB)

Conferences and Talks

The 2nd Int'l Conference on Psychology and Applications (CPA 2017) will be held from October 23-25, 2017 in Guilin, China. This Conference will cover issues on Psychology and Applications. More information (PDF 89 KB)

With Michela David, Ph.D., C. Psych. This course is designed for those with little or no CBT experience who want to learn the basic skills in a practical, no-fault environment. This conference takes place in Kingston, ON  More information (PDF, 634 KB) Registration (PDF, 324 KB)

Health and Safety and Mental Health Training


Student Wellness Services is offering two Mental Health Training opportunities in August (listed below).  New this year is SafeTalk Training. The first session is being offered on August 17 and registration is open now. 

SafeTalk is a three hour session that prepares participants to recognize people who have thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide intervention resources. Powerful videos illustrate the importance of suicide alertness, while discussion and practice stimulate learning.  More information is available on the registration page. More information (PDF, 402 KB)

Job Opportunities

Research Coordinator - Personality Research Team, Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University - More information (PDF, 26 KB)
Dr. Simon B. Sherry of the Personality Research Team in the Department of Psychology at Dalhousie University is accepting applications for the position of Research Coordinator. Application deadline: September 15, 2017

Tenure Track Position - Social/Personality Psychology - University of Toronto Mississauga - More information (PDF, 75 KB)
Applicants should demonstrate research excellence in the area of social/personality psychology. Applicants are expected to use multiple methods, including ecologically valid approaches, and utilize advanced statistics in their program of research. Expertise in a distinct methodology or subject area that compliments the existing research strengths of our faculty is especially encouraged. The application deadline is September 18, 2017.

Tenure Track Position - Cognitive Developmental  Psychology - University of Toronto Mississauga - More information (PDF, 75 KB)
Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching in developmental psychology, with a focus on cognitive development, in an area that expands the breadth of our program. The application deadline is October 2, 2017.

Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Clinical Psychology - Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo - More information (PDF, 381 KB)
The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018. The Department is looking for candidates with a Ph.D. from an accredited clinical psychology program and an accredited internship. Candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and have a strong, theory-driven, research investment that will be attractive to graduate students. Application deadline: November 1, 2017

Psychologist with a Cognitive Therapy Orientation - The Ottawa Center for Cognitive Therapy - More information (PDF, 124 KB)
The Ottawa Center for Cognitive Therapy is Seeking a Psychologist with a Cognitive Therapy Orientation for a Salaried Position. The Centre for Cognitive Therapy is a dynamic private clinic. The Centre is very busy, providing approximately 8000 therapy sessions per year. There are currently 7 therapists, all registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. There is a psychiatrist onsite to provide medication consultations when necessary. The workplace atmosphere is collegial, with regular opportunities for consultation and discussion, as well as social opportunities to get to know your colleagues.