Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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GRADUATE STUDIES

Social-Personality Psychology

  • Social-Personality Recruiting Dinner - Faculty and students at dinner at a local Kingston restaurant.
  • Professor Li-Jun Ji and students at a conference
  • Graduate students Shana Needham and Erica Peter
  • Social Personality Professor Jill Jacobson and students at Windmills Cafe over looking Princess Street in Kingston
  • Cynthia Fekken with student in front of poster
  • Cynthia Fekken and Ron Holden at dinner with students
  • Matthew Kan and Lee Fabrigar with poster
  • Shana Needham with poster
  • Shana Needham and Suhui Yap with poster
  • Tara MacDonald and students at a holiday gathering
  • David Hauser discusses a poster with a 501 Thesis student

Social and personality psychology is the study of how one’s thoughts and behaviours are influenced by characteristics of oneself and others, both real and imagined. In contrast to developmental psychology, social-personality psychology focuses mostly on adults, and in contrast to clinical psychology, we typically study what is normal or the average person’s response rather than what is abnormal. Much of social-personality psychology shares some overlap with cognitive psychology except that our stimuli are social objects like oneself or other people. Indeed, the primary social-personality psychology faculty at Queen’s share a common grounding in social cognition but with diverse research interests including attitudes and persuasion, judgment and decision-making, close relationships, the self, and personality assessment. The social-personality psychology faculty also look at a variety of individual difference moderators including attachment style, culture, the dark triad, depression and causal uncertainty, gender/sex, self-esteem, etc.

The graduate coursework in our program reflects the faculty’s research interests and expertise, which includes research methods and statistics. That is, in addition, to a course on research methods, the social-personality faculty teach 3 of the 4 graduate statistics courses offered in the Department. This emphasis on data science prepares our graduates for a variety of positions not just in academia but also government and industry. We also hold weekly brown bag meetings where faculty and students present their research or developing issues in social-personality psychology including tutorials on new methodological and statistical techniques.

For more information about the social-personality psychology program, please contact the area chair: Lee Fabrigar. We also have created a handbook for new students (PDF, 881 KB) to help them with their move to Kingston and orientation to Queen’s and our program.