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Weekly Memo

Week of Monday, September 14, 2020

NEW! Message on anti-Asian Discrimination

The Department of Psychology at Queen's University stands with its members in affirming that anti-Asian discrimination is never acceptable and always harmful - to those it targets and to our communities - in the context of COVID-19 or otherwise. Whether such statements are intended to offend our students or community members by racializing individuals, stigmatizing marginalized groups, and/or blaming minoritized communities for larger social issues (including but of course beyond the pandemic), we support those of us who speak out against racism and for justice. We remind ourselves that we in our department have a long way to go to make our education anti-oppressive, and are working on ways that our instruction can increasingly help support anti-racist aims for a more just society.

G. Cynthia Fekken, (Acting) Head of the Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology Feature Stories!

NEW! Queen’s Psychology researcher Dr. Jeremy Stewart and collaborators Dr. Tom Hollenstein, also of Queen’s Psychology, and Dr. Thomas Armstrong (Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA), have received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Read Jeremy's full story here

Congratulations to Queen’s Psychology’s PhD Candidate, Steve Lamontagne, on being awarded the Rossano Mind, Brain & Behavior Pre-doctoral Fellowship from Harvard’s McLean Hospital. This highly competitive fellowship is awarded annually to one graduate student on the basis of academic and research potential, as well as a proposal outlining a project to be undertaken at McLean. Steve’s proposed project, which was endorsed by Dr. Diego Pizzagalli (Harvard Medical School), investigates the role of dopamine function on behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of cognitive control. Read Steve's story here


Congratulations to Sari van Anders on winning the 2020 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) for her co-authored 2019 American Psychologist article on “The future of sex and gender in psychology: Five challenges to the gender binary”. The award is given in recognition of significant and substantial contributions of research and theory that advance our understanding of the psychology of women and promote achievement of the goals of the Association. Sari has won this award once before, for her 2015 paper on Sexual Configurations Theory.

Faculty of Arts and Science Remote Support

If you would like support with onQ basics, assessment ideas, feedback about your ideas, or not sure where to start, book a virtual consult with one of our remote support team members by sending an email to

Upcoming Thesis Defenses

VANESSA SCHELL, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Tom Hollenstein) Thesis Title: The role of avoidance and stress in understanding emotional dysfunction in adults and adolescents with a fixed emotion mindset

  • Friday, September 18, 2020 - 10:00 am Kingston time - All defenses will occur remotely, visitors are not permitted

JACKIE HUBERMAN, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Meredith Chivers) Thesis Title: Neural correlates of sexual response: an ERP investigation of responses to de-contextualized sexual cues

  • Friday, September 18, 2020 - 10:00 am Kingston time - All defenses will occur remotely, visitors are not permitted

CHLOE HUDSON, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Kate Harkness) Thesis Title: Behavioural manifestations and a social outcome of individual differences in theory of mind

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 - 1:00 pm Kingston time - All defenses will occur remotely, visitors are not permitted

Queen's Psychology - Diversity, Equity, Decolonization, and Inclusion (DEDI) Committee Update #2

The 2020-2021 DEDI committee met for 1.75 hrs on Friday August 28th for our second meeting. Visit here for the summary (PDF, 145 KB)

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Applications are being received for the annual German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) competition. Complete instructions on how eligible students can apply are outlined here (PDF, 459 KB). As a partner institution with DAAD, Queen’s can submit one “priority candidate” to this competition, and that candidate is identified through the internal selection process. Deadline for students to submit their applications to SGS to be considered for the internal selection process: October 6, 2020.

There is funding for post doctoral level studies from DAAD as well: interested applicants should be directed to this website: Applications to the post doctoral funding are submitted directly to DAAD: there is no adjudication step at Queen’s.

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. More on the 2021-2022 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition (PDF, 1.5 MB) Tips for referees (PDF, 116 KB). Details of the competition are also online here: Note that all information is also available in French from that website. Deadline for complete applications to be submitted via ResearchNet, and for transcripts of applicants to be received by SGS, is October 6, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

AFSP Research Grants Program - 2020 Cycle

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is happy to share their 2020 AFSP Innovation research grants program flyer, as well as to announce *new* Priority Areas for 2020-2022. AFSP recently awarded over $5 million for 37 new grants for their 2019-20 grants cycle. More on AFSP research grants program and *new* Priority Areas (PDF, 105 KB) See the AFSP Innovation research grants program flyer here (PDF, 365 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


SNID LECTURE SERIES, FALL 2020, SNID is back! We are pleased to inform you that we will continue with our Studies in National and International Development Lecture Series in the 2020-2021 academic year. As of this year, all our events will take place over Zoom. Calendar of upcoming lectures (PDF, 172 KB)

Workshops and Training

PSYCHEDLICS, POLITICS, AND HARM REDUCTION, Offered by distance learning through University of Ottawa. Psychedelics, Politics and Harm Reduction is a timely and relevant, uOttawa faculty-led course exploring the intersections of public policy and psychedelics in a time of social change. It will provide a critical examination of drug laws, their impacts and origins. Taking a public health lens with an emphasis on harm reduction and social justice, this course examines the personal, social, ritual and spiritual uses of entheogens across human history. The course will highlight current issues in the practice, policy and therapeutic potential of psychedelics. Open to 3rd year students and up. For more information contact the director:

*This course will be offered via distance learning and in English only.

  • Fall 2020, Tuesdays 19h-22h

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.

THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA) AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY 2020 - November 11 - 14, 2020  More information on the APA at the 13th International Congress of Clinical Psychology New deadline for reduced rates: September 10, 2020. New deadline for work submission: September 15, 2020.

Health and Safety and Mental Health


The expectation is still that all faculty, staff, and students work remotely; however, there are certain situations that have been deemed by the Faculty to require access.

Please find attached the most recent documents for access to the building for all purposes approved by the Faculty (except for a one-off visit lasting more than 15 minutes – in these cases, please check the NEW spreadsheet at the link below, and then email me if the time appears to be open). Some categories are new (e.g., short-term quiet space access for a graduate student), and these categories are in accordance with the Faculty’s changing guidelines.

Please also note that the spreadsheet for logging in your visit to the building has changed (“Schedule-week of DATE”) and can be found at the link below and the first tab (HOW TO) contains information on how to complete the form.

NOTE: Entrances to Humphrey Hall and Craine Building are still locked. Anyone conducting approved in-person research must meet your participants at the main door of Humphrey Hall to ensure that they are wearing a mask when they enter the building – masks are mandatory in the common areas of the department and when physical distancing cannot be upheld. In addition, you must walk your participants to the exit door once the experiment is over and ensure they leave the building. Participants need an escort into and from the department for safety and security reasons.

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.

TENURE-TRACK APPOINTMENT, CHILD AND/OR ADOLESCENT CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY - The Department of Psychology at Queen’s University, More information on this Tenure-Track Appointment (PDF, 137 KB) The Department of Psychology at Queen’s University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the field of Child and/or Adolescent Clinical Psychology. Application deadline: October 31, 2020.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY ENGAGEMENT - The University of British Columbia (UBC), More information on this Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position (PDF, 97 KB). The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a one-year, with possible extension to a second year, full time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Adolescent Development and Technology Engagement within the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS). Start Date: As soon as possible. Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, the deadline for applications is: September 15, 2020.

TWO TENURE-TRACK POSITIONS - SOCIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - Wilfrid Laurier University. The Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a Tenure Track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Social Psychology beginning July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval. More information on the position in Social Psychology (PDF, 481 KB). The Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a Tenure Track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Developmental Psychology beginning July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval. More information on the position in Developmental Psychology (PDF, 491 KB)

  • Application deadline for both Tenure-Track positions: October 30, 2020, at 11:59pm.

TWO TENURE-TRACK POSITIONS - Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, More information on these Tenure-Track positions (PDF, 74 KB). The Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton invites applications for two tenure-track positions, one in Clinical Psychology and one in Experimental Psychology, at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2021. Closing Date: Review of the applications will start on October 15, 2020.

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). Application deadline: September 30, 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time.