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Weekly Memo

Week of Monday, July 6, 2020

"New! Thank You!"

Huge thanks to Wendy Craig for her service as Head of the Department of Psychology for the past 5 years! It’s been a great time of growth and positive change. The last few months of her term have had unexpected challenges, but we are weathering the storms thanks to her tireless leadership!

In The News


Department of Psychology Feature Stories

DR. KATE HARKNESS - Chronic stress during the pandemic can cause strange physical symptoms. During the current COVID-19 pandemic have you been wondering why you’re getting headaches more often? Or stomach aches? Or feeling itchy or getting pimples? Or why your periods are irregular or more painful than usual? Exciting recent science suggests that the answers may lie in our body’s biological reactions to stress. Read Dr. Harkness' story here

DEANNA CHOI - Congratulations to former Psychology undergraduate Deanna Choi (Queen’s B.Sc, Hons, 2015; Psychology, Drama) on receiving the prestigious 2020 Pauline McGibbon Award for sound design.  Within the Psyc. Department Deanna was associated with the labs of Lola Cuddy, Niko Troje, and Hans Dringenberg. More on Deanna’s story

Upcoming Thesis Defenses

SIMONE CUNNINGHAM, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Kate Harkness) Thesis Title: Temporal stability of cortisol reactivity to stress and reward responsivity in the context of major depressive disorder.

  • Monday, July 13, 2020 - 1:00 pm - This defense will occur remotely, no visitors permitted

NEW! YUN LU, MSc Candidate (Supevisor: Jordan Poppenk) Thesis Title: Neural transition metric in FMRI: categorization and application

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 9:00 am Kingston time - This defense will occur remotely, no visitors permitted

HSREB New Research Guidelines re COVID-19

New Guidelines outlining the specific steps required for starting OR resuming in-person research at Queen’s University, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Providence Care Centre (PCC) in the COVID-19 era and the SOP titled, “Clinical Conduct Accommodations for COVID-19” have been posted for your reference:  Additionally, the Human Participant FAQs have been updated as of June 22, 2020: Contact Jennifer Couture, Manager, Research Ethics Compliance, if you have any questions related to conducting in-person research.

Message from the Human Rights and Equity Office!

Events of the past few weeks concerning experiences and incidents of anti-Black racism have dominated the recent news cycle. The reproduction of uncomfortable images, anecdotes, memories and feelings may have had a significant impact – emotional, psychological, physical - on Black-identifying members of staff and faculty. In acknowledgement of this, the Human Rights and Equity Office, in conjunction with Human Resources and Faculty Relations, has organized a three-part series focusing on strategies to better manage the stress and anxiety that surface from experiences of anti-Black racism. Learn more about the three part series (PDF, 109 KB)

Department of Psychology COVID-19 Resources Webpage

The Department of Psychology COVID-19 Resources Webpage is a hub for Queen's Psychology Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers and Staff, affected by COVID19, to find accurate, up-to-date information relating to academics and research.  Please check this website regularly

Online Teaching Resources 

TEACHING RESOURCES AND TEACHING ONLINE SEMINAR OPPORTUNITIES, The Faculty of Arts and Science is rolling out some really great training over the next two months to provide support for remote teaching in the fall. These were designed to facilitate course planning, preparation, and delivery. More information on the schedule of workshops (PDF, 176 KB) See also a list of technologies that will be provided by ITS or FAS. More information on the list of technologies (PDF, 213 KB)  Please note that in some cases they are still being negotiated. For additional requests, contact Wendy who will forward to Arts and Science as a request. 

TRANSFORMING TEACHING TOOLKIT, Available now! With ongoing uncertainty about the upcoming academic year, here's a resource (provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning) to assist you: More information on the Transforming Teaching Toolkit (PDF, 186 KB)


CONTAGION CULTURES LECTURE SERIES, This series is a Faculty of Arts and Science collaboration between the School of Policy Studies and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Cultural Studies. Queen's Contagion Cultures Lectures help make sense of this pandemic through the expertise and insights of Arts and Science faculty members. This public-facing series asks important questions and explores complex responses. It deploys the powerful tools of Arts and Science humanistic analysis to help society grapple with our turbulent times. For more info on the series please visit:

  • Tuesdays at 4:00 PM EDT/EST, beginning July 7, 2020 via live-stream on Zoom. The July 7 Event will include: Energy, Climate Change, and COVID - Warren Mabee, School of Policy Studies Rethinking Mobility in Pandemic Times - Jennifer Ruth Hosek - Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Rainbow Health Ontario Launches New Online Learning Platform

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), a program of  Sherbourne Health, today launched LGBT2SQ Health Connect, their new online learning platform dedicated to evidence-based LGBT2SQ health clinical and cultural competency training for Ontario healthcare and social service providers. More information ON RHO online learning platform

Workshops and Training

QUEEN'S PSYCHOLOGY CLINIC WORKSHOP - SUPERVISING STUDENTS REMOTELY, The Experiential Learning Hub is planning another Supervising Students Remotely workshop for Wednesday, July 8, 10-11 am. You can register by emailing Lilith at If you are interested in participating but can’t do this day or time, contact Lilith. This workshop will be helpful for thinking through some of the issues, and planning to supervise new students remotely.

  • Wednesday, July 8, 10-11 am

This virtual version of the two-day course will be offered live on Zoom. The 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. Registration will be limited to retain the interactive nature of the course.  For details, pricing and to register, please go to “Upcoming Events” at

  • September 14-15, 2020 – Live on Zoom


CANADIAN CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND AUTISM October 6 and 7, 2020 More information on the CCDDA conference (PDF, 256 KB)
The CCDDA is an annual conference that brings together professionals, decision makers, and researchers from healthcare, social services, and education sectors with a common goal of enhancing quality supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and autism. The CCDDA will be held at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, Winnipeg, MB on October 6 and 7, 2020. Submissions deadline: April 17, 2020.

CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONVENTION AND AGM - Over the months of July and August, 2020, CPA’s 81st in-person Annual National Convention will be moving to a virtual event over the months of July and August. All individuals accepted to present at the CPA’s in-person convention are encouraged to participate in the virtual event; check your inbox for an email outlining some preliminary information regarding how to participateFor more information please check the CPA’s convention website regularly for information on the virtual event  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 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. For more information contact Kathy Lachapelle-Pétrin: or 613-237-2144 ext. 330. Website:

Fire Systems Inspection - Standpipe at Humphrey Hall

Fast Response Fire Systems Inc will be conducting the Annual Standpipe Inspection for Humphrey Hall, Tuesday July, 7, 2020.  A brief visual inspection of each sprinkler head installed throughout the basement of the building will also take place at this time.  There will be no impact on building occupants.

Health and Safety and Mental Health

NEW! COVID-19 UPDATE ON FACE COVERINGS, In response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the Kingston region, Queen’s is strongly encouraging employees and students currently on campus to wear a face covering in all common areas, particularly in spaces where maintaining physical distancing is challenging. Letter from AVP Human Resources regarding COVID-19 Update on face coverings (PDF, 88 KB) To support this important safety measure, Queen’s has purchased two cloth face masks for each employee. These masks will be distributed to employees as they are permitted to return to campus as part of a phased return to regular operations. Please refer to guidelines for current information on who is currently allowed to be attending the Queen’s campus. Cloth masks can be picked up by Queen’s employees at the Queen’s Postal & Print Services (QPPS) office in Fleming Hall, Jemmett Wing, Room 001.  Employees are reminded to practice physical distancing as there are others picking up mail and/or COVID supply packages. As this building is not considered accessible, if you need assistance please contact QPPS at (613) 533-6305 and your items will be delivered curbside to your vehicle.

COVID RELATED HUMPHREY HALL AND CRAINE BUILDING GUIDELINES, A reminder that the university remains closed, which means that all buildings are also closed.

The only exceptions are:
1. If you are conducting approved Priority 1 or 2 research; and
2. If you are entering the building for less than 15 minutes to pick up items needed to work from home.

If you plan to enter the building for more than 15 minutes, please email the Head, Theresa, and Caroline so that we are aware and can ensure that there will be no overlap in terms of people in the same location.

Please note that the process of putting up the signage in the Craine and Humphrey buildings has been completed. There are signs regarding appropriate entrances and exits as well as symptom screening reminders, directional arrows on the floors, and signs on outer and inner doors of offices and labs regarding maximum occupancy.

In cases of emergency (fire alarm, etc.), however, please proceed to the nearest exit without following the COVID related signage. If there are accessibility issues or other issues with mobility that prevent you from/pose challenges in following the directional arrows, use your judgment when navigating through the buildings via a path that works for you.

CAMPUS OPERATIONS GROUP - RETURN TO CAMPUS GUIDELINES, Included here are the Return to Campus Guidelines produced through the Campus Operations Group (COG). The link is to the COG website where you will find pertinent information on the activities of COG - updates are posted weekly.  The Guidelines and the linked university resources are also accessible from the COG website.

The Guidelines will continue to be updated as additional information is obtained and as regional and provincial measures are amended.  The guidelines include links to three checklists (Employee/ Manager/Building Manager) which will be useful for those returning to campus.  Feedback is welcome on areas where you would like to see additional information or clarity.  Please email Kim Murphy ( with suggestions.

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.

NEW! FULL-TIME PSYCHOLOGIST POSITION - Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board More information on this position (PDF, 144 KB) Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume quoting the job posting number in the subject line to  Closing date: July 20, 2020 by 4:00 pm

NEW! TWO OPENINGS FOR INDETERMINATE FULL-TIME ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY - The Department of Military Psychology and Leadership (MPL) of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Anticipated start dates: June 1st 2021 and Oct 1st 2021. These are bilingual imperative positions and successful candidates will be expected to deliver courses in both official languages. Job details here French (PDF, 125 KB) Job details here English (PDF, 15 KB) Closing date: September 30, 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

SIX-MONTH FULL-TIME TERM FACULTY POSITION - Department of Psychology at Brandon University More information on this position (PDF, 33 KB) Applications are invited for a six-month full-time term position in the Department of Psychology, effective August 1, 2020, or as mutually agreed. Due to COVID-19, courses will be taught via an alternative synchronous online format. Application deadline: July 13, 2020, or until position is filled

OTHER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, Recently Posted Academic Job Vacancies at Psychoneuroxy (PDF, 99 KB)