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Weekly Memo

Week of Monday, January 20, 2020

NEW! Food Allergies in the Department

We have recently become aware of individuals in the department with severe food allergies. These allergies are:

  • Any nut
  • Shellfish
  • Raw celery
  • Edamame (whole, immature soybeans, also referred to as vegetable-type soybeans)
  • Mango
  • the oil produced from the above foods

We would request that all members of the Department of Psychology be vigilant in common areas in cleaning all surfaces with disinfecting wipes and not leaving these foods out in the open. Wipes have been provided, and signs have been posted regarding these allergies in common areas, such as the two lounges and two conference rooms. We appreciate everyone’s support in attending to this matter, as we all have the common goal of ensuring that we have a safe workplace for all. Please see attached information regarding food allergies (PDF, 135 KB), food ordering protocols (PDF, 143 KB), and IT Shop protocols (PDF, 115 KB). Please contact Theresa Brennan with any questions or concerns. 

NEW! Building Cleaning Schedule

One of the priorities of the Faculty of Arts and Science Strategic Plan is the transformation of the spaces that we use. Improving the cleanliness of our buildings and spaces is a key part of that priority. Please see below for the schedule of building cleaning, which will include detailed cleaning in the entrances, hallways, stairwells and washrooms.

  • Craine Building – January 20
  • Humphrey Hall – March 20

NEW! Women in Science at Queen's (WiSQ) January Meeting

The Women in Science at Queen's (WiSQ) group invites you to join us to discuss: Planning Parental Leave at Queen's. Come and join us for an informative and interactive meeting! Brooke Ring will lead an open discussion regarding planning and transitioning into parental leave. She will also provide a short presentation on what you need to know about Queen's policies regarding Parental Leave. We encourage all our members to attend and share their stories so that we may learn from each other's experiences! More information on this WISQ Workshop (PDF, 1463 KB)

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Room TBA

NEW! Funding Opportunities in China for Graduate Students 2020-2021

This is to let you know about some 2020-21 funding opportunities in China for graduate students. See the list attached (PDF, 601 KB). A student can apply for only ONE of these opportunities. Each funding program has its own application procedure and deadline. These applications are demanding to complete and students are advised to read through the relevant help document attached and review the websites before beginning the application. Application and Registration Guide (PDF, 3.5 MB)

Upcoming Graduate Defenses

ABIGAIL MUERE, PhD Candidate (Supervisor, Dean Tripp) - Title: Examination of Psychological Factors in Chronic Pelvic Pain

  • Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:15pm - Humphrey 228 Conference Room

NEW! MOHAMMAD DASTGHEIB, MSc Candidate (Supervisor, Hans Dringenberg) - Title: The effects of self-guided meditation and napping on memory consolidation in humans

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 9:00am - Kinesiology 107 - All are welcome to attend but seating is limited

Vector Scholarship In Artificial Intelligence: Nomination Period Now Open

The Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence recognizes top AI talent from around the globe who are entering into a full-time AI-related master’s program in Ontario. This merit based entrance award is valued at $17,500 for one full year of study. Students must be entering a Vector recognized master’s program or pursuing an AI-related study plan in a core-technical (i.e. STEM) or complementary field of study, such as health, business or law. We will be issuing up to 115 scholarships this year. More information on the Vector Scholarship (PDF, 491 KB)

Queen's Science Undergraduate Research Journal

The Queen's Science Undergraduate Research Journal (QSURJ) is an online and print peer- and faculty-reviewed undergraduate research journal which publishes research from a wide variety of disciplines. It is a student-run initiative with the purpose of providing undergraduate students opportunities to publish research in a professional academic setting. Submission deadline: Monday March 2, 2019. More information on the Queen's Science Undergraduate Research Journal (PDF, 95 KB)

    Workshops and Training

    NEW! INSOMNIA INTERVENTIONS: FIRST-LINE TREATMENT FOR INSOMNIA IN PRIMARY CARE, May 1, 2020, Kingston, ON - More information on this Insomnia Interventions WorkshopPoster (PDF, 1.7 MB)
    Medical guidelines recommend cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) as the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia, above sleep medications. Learners will have their insomnia intervention questions answered, including: What is CBT-I and how is it done? What is the role of sleep medications? How do you stop sleep medications safely? The day is interactive, and you will not only learn about the science behind CBT-I techniques, but how to provide them so that your patients can reverse their chronic insomnia and experience long-term benefits of sound sleep

    • Friday, May 1, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:30pm - Donald Gordon Centre, 421 Union St., Kingston, ON

    PRESENCE AND SELF-COMPASSION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY: A FOUNDATIONAL APPROACH FOR THERAPISTS AND CLIENTS, March 26 to 27, 2020, Toronto ON - More information about the Presence and Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy Workshop (PDF, 699 KB)
    Join leaders in the field for a 2-day workshop on self-compassion and therapeutic presence. This workshop will offer clinicians core skills and practices to cultivate presence and self-compassion as a foundation for therapeutic relationships, self care and to teach to clients.

    • Thursday, March 26 to Friday, March 27, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:30pm - YWCA, 87 Elm Street Toronto, ON

    FUNDAMENTALS OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY, May 4 to 5, 2020, Kingston ON - More information on this Fundamentals of CBT training (PDF, 615 KB)
    This two-day course offers a practical, hands-on approach to learning basic cognitive behavioural therapy skills, including thought records, the five-part model, agendas and basic elements of Socratic dialogue. These techniques are applicable to the treatment of depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, including psychosis. The course emphasizes collaborative techniques, including interactive writing, balancing structure and bond, and goal setting. Join us to acquire some useful skills in a no-fault environment.

    • Monday, May 4 to Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - Kingston, ON


    NEW! 5th ANNUAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, McGILL UNIVERSITY - April 16, 2020 More information on this Human Development Conference (PDF, 159 KB)
    This student-led conference is a great opportunity to showcase your research to students and faculty. We look forward to reading your submissions! Deadline for submission: Thursday, February 20th 2020

    NEW! 14th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PSYCHOLOGY - May 25 to 28, 2020 More information on this International Conference on Psychology
    The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and researchers of all areas psychology and other related disciplines such as: Abnormal Psychology, Behavioral Psychology, Bio-psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Comparative Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Personality Psychology, School Psychology, Social Psychology, Sports Psychology, Psychiatric, etc. You may participate as stream leader, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer. Abstract submission deadline is January 27, 2020

    The Evaluation Team is now accepting abstracts for the 11th TPIE Forum. Each year, the TPIE Forum brings together academics from RMC, RMC St-Jean, Canadian Forces College (CFC), Queen’s University, St Lawrence College and other partners interested in sharing teaching and learning experiences on new technologies and pedagogical innovations in classrooms and distance education. Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2020

    CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR RESEARCH IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND SPIRITUALITY (CERPS) March 20 to 21, 2020 More information on this CERPS conference (PDF, 336 KB)
    The Centre of Excellence for Research in Psychotherapy and Spirituality (CERPS) is organizing a conference that will highlight contemporary issues on the integration of spirituality in the field of mental health. We are seeking researchers, practitioners, and graduate students to conduct workshops and poster presentations at the conference March 20-21, 2020. You are welcome to consider putting in a submission for this conference.

    Organizers welcome posters and presentations from professional and student researchers from diverse disciplines who are engaged in research relating to intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Organizers encourage submissions that represent a wide range of quantitative and qualitative designs. Collaborative and/or participatory research with self-advocates are also highly encouraged. Abstract deadline: January 23, 2020.

    CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR RESEARCH IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND SPIRITUALITY (CERPS) March 20 to 21, 2020 More information on this CERPS conference (PDF, 336 KB)
    The Centre of Excellence for Research in Psychotherapy and Spirituality (CERPS) is organizing a conference that will highlight contemporary issues on the integration of spirituality in the field of mental health. We are seeking researchers, practitioners, and graduate students to conduct workshops and poster presentations at the conference March 20-21, 2020. You are welcome to consider putting in a submission for this conference.

    The Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology (ICP) is an international peer-reviewed academic conference organized each year by graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. ICP will be celebrating its ninth anniversary on May 7 and 8, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Abstract deadline: February 15, 2020 - 11:59 pm (EST).

    WAYPOINT RESEARCH INSTITUTE CONFERENCE 2020 - MOMENTUM: RESEARCH REALIZED (CALL FOR ABSTRACTS) - May 11 to 13, 2020, More information on this Waypoint Conference
    The deadline for the Call for Abstracts for the 8th annual Waypoint Research Institute Conference – Momentum: Research Realized – has been extended. Abstracts submissions will be accepted until Friday, January 10th. Access the document by going to the website:, or by following this direct link: Please contact the Conference Committee at:

    CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONVENTION AND AGM (CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS) - May 28 to 30, 2020 The CPA is now receiving abstracts for its 2020 annual convention. Each year, the Canadian Psychological Association's (CPA’s) National Convention and Annual General Meeting brings together almost 1,800 psychologists and psychology students from across Canada and abroad. The CPA invites you to join us in Montréal, Québec. The theme for the 2020 CPA Annual National Convention is Psychology in Action and will highlight the multitude of ways that psychology impacts everyone on a daily basis. CPA members, affiliates and non-members and non-affiliates are encouraged to submit! The submission system will CLOSE on December 2nd, 2019. For more information contact Kathy Lachapelle-Pétrin: or 613-237-2144 ext. 330. Website:

    UPDATE 17th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL STRESS RESEARCH (CALL FOR ABSTRACTS) - June 6 to 8, 2020, Savannah, GA More information on the ICSSR (PDF, 436 KB)
    The 17th International Conference on Social Stress Research will be held June 6-8, 2020 in Savannah, GA at the Kimpton Brice hotel. The conference is organized and directed by Professors Heather Turner, Catherine Moran, and Karen Van Gundy in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. The International Conference on Social Stress has become an important conference for scholars working in the area of stress and health and a major forum for sharing new research that incorporates components of the stress process. The conferences are held every two years and attract the leading scholars in the field. Recent conferences have been held in Athens, Greece, San Diego, CA, US and Vancouver, BC, Canada. Abstract deadline extended to February 8, 2020.

    Health and Safety and Mental Health

    NEW! MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING - WINTER SESSIONS - Student Wellness Services is pleased to share our on-campus Winter Mental Health Training schedule for students, staff and faculty. All registration & location information is online here.

    • Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. 11am – 12noon)
    • ‘safeTALK’ Suicide Alertness Training, Thursday, January 30, 2020. 9am12noon *only 10 spaces remaining
    • Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. 11am12noon
    • How to Spot, Speak Out & Stand Up to Stigma, Tuesday, February 11, 2020. 11am12noon
    • The Empathy Effect: Countering Bias to Improve Health Outcomes, Tuesday, February 18, 2020. 9:30am3:00pm
    • ASIST ‘Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training’, 2 days  Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, 2020. 8:30am4:30pm

    Please register through the Student Wellness registration page. For a complete description of our workshops, please visit the Student Wellness Services website

    NEW! ATTENTION ALL LABS - WHMIS TRAINING AUDITS - The Department of Environmental Health and Safety will be auditing compliance with the WHMIS training requirements in selected research laboratories. When and how this will be done will depend on the type of laboratory. More information regarding this WHMIS Audit (PDF, 653 KB)

    OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR SUPERVISORS - In order to help supervisors understand their role, legal duties and responsibilities, the Department of Environmental Health & Safety is offering "Occupational Health & Safety for Supervisors" training. The Occupational

    WHMIS.2015 TRAINING - The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that all employees, or supervisors of employees, who work with or who are in proximity of chemicals receive WHMIS Training. The Queen's University Policy on WHMIS training states that employees must take WHMIS at Queen's and must retake the course if they originally took it prior to January 1, 2000. The training is open to all Queen's students, graduate students, staff and faculty. The session will be a maximum of two hours in length, and will require completion of an on-line quiz, to be completed after attending the class. The training will be held in the Faculty and Staff Learning Facility, Macintosh Corry, room B176, Lecture Theatre. The quiz will be processed and certificates issued via email, as a batch, upon successful completion.

    • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 9:00 – 11:00 am

    Please register through the Environmental Health and Safety website:

    STANDARD FIRST AID AND CPR (LEVEL A-ADULT ONLY) 2 DAY TRAINING - This training is available to Queen's Staff, Faculty and Graduate students. Training will be conducted in Faculty and Staff Learning Facility, located in Complex B176 of Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Seminar Room. Training is scheduled to run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.  To receive this certification, 100% attendance is mandatory. There is no cost to attend this course, however, a valid account code  is required to register. There is limited space due to a maximum number of attendees allowed.

    • Tuesday, January 28 to Friday, January 29, 2020 - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Tuesday, February 11 to Thursday, February 12, 2020 - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Please register through the Environmental Health and Safety website:

    For a complete listing of Health and Safety and Mental Health training at Queen's University, please go to:

    Employment Opportunities

    Please note that listings with no application deadlines will be posted in this memo for a maximum of 2 weeks

    The Research Group on Children's Psychosocial Development (GRIP: at McGill University seeks one post-doctoral fellow (1-year term, possibility to renew) to be involved in suicide prevention research program. The successful candidate will be co-supervised by Dr. Marie-Claude Geoffroy (McGill University) and Dr. Gustavo Turecki (McGill University), both regular researchers at the GRIP. Application deadline: February 1, 2020

    NEW! PSYCHOLOGIST (FULL-TIME, PERMANENT) - Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s (WRHA) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, in Winnipeg Manitoba More information on this Psychologist position (PDF, 137 KB)
    Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC) is a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) site for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. MATC provides a full continuum of mental health services to children and youth with mental health and/or emotional disorders, and their families. See  for more information about services. Youth Forensic Services provides clinical services including assessment and treatment to youth involved in the criminal justice system, both for those in custody and within the community. Application deadline: February 18, 2020

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OR LECTURER (2 YEAR TERM), Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, More information on this University of Regina position (PDF, 136 KB)
    The Department of Psychology at the University of Regina invites applications for a two year position at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor. The anticipated date of commencement will depend on the availability of the successful candidate, but will not be later than September 1, 2020. Application deadline: January 27, 2019

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (TEACHING STREAM), Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, Hamilton More information on this McMaster position (PDF, 31 KB)
    The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a full-time, teaching stream faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2020. Application deadline: February 1, 2020