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Weekly Memo

Week of Monday, April 6, 2020

Queen’s COVID-19 Updates

Queen’s University administrators are actively monitoring reports on the evolving outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 that can cause acute upper respiratory illness and pneumonia. Protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty, whether on campus in Kingston, at SmithToronto, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), or elsewhere in the world, are our primary concerns, ​and we are continuously assessing what may be required in response to any spread of the virus. Please check this website regularly.

New! Psychology Works Fact Sheet-Student Wellness and COVID-19

CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION - More information on the Psychology Works Fact Sheet As the COVID-19 situation evolves around the globe, students’ day-to-day lives are being increasingly disrupted. From courses being moved from an in-person setting to online classes and not being able to visit friends and family, to not having access to the resources such as the library, the mental health clinic, or other spaces on campus, to having to leave residence, and conferences being cancelled, students’ lives are being affected in many ways.

New! Feature Story

DR. TESS CLIFFORD - “Children notice disruptions in daily routines and they pick up on parents’ anxieties, which are both unavoidable during a stressful situation like this one,” says Dr. Tess Clifford, Director of the Queen’s Psychology Clinic. Read the full story on Dr. Clifford

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Crohn's and Colitis Canada Webinars

Upcoming Thesis Defenses

JOYCE LI, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Wendy Craig) Thesis Title: The peer context of sexual harassment in early adolescence.

  • Monday, April 27, 2020 - 10:30 am - This defense will occur remotely due to the COVID 19 environment so there will be no visitors permitted

CHRISTINE TONG, PhD Candidate (Supervisors: Caroline Pukall / Debra Feldman-Stewart) Thesis Title: Patient narratives and medical decision making: the role of transportation in treatment selection bias.

  • Monday, April 27, 2020 - 1:00 pm - This defense will occur remotely due to the COVID 19 environment so there will be no visitors permitted

Funding and Financial Information

PROFESSIONAL EXPENSE REIMBURSMENT (PER) - The end of Queen’s fiscal year (April 30th) is fast approaching which means many people will start to prepare and submit their final Professional Expense Reimbursement (PER) claims for this year. Please see information on preparing your claims: Note from Jenna Dijkema - FAS Dean's Office (PDF, 765 KB) • PER Guidelines (PDF, 945 KB)

Workshops and Training

NEW! QUEEN'S HR DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING - WEBINAR SERIES, See PDF for dates. More information on this Webinar Series (PDF, 294 KB)
The Human Resources – Organizational Development & Learning team are beginning a series of webinars to re-engage with the Queen’s community, and provide tips and resources to help you, through these current challenging times. More webinars will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

NEW! STAR CENTRE - PROBLEM SOLVING THERAPY ONLINE TRAINING, April 21 - May 26, 2020. More information on Problem Solving Therapy (PDF, 59 KB)
uOttawa Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the second offering from the STAR Centre. This second event offered by the STAR Centres is an introduction to Problem Solving Therapy.

  • April 21 - May 26, 2020  1:00 p.m. -  2:00 p.m. (Tuesdays weekly)

CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CAREER FAIR, Saturday, May 30, 2020, Montreal, Quebec - More information on this CPA Career Fair (PDF, 82 KB)
Are you a Psychology Student or Early Career Graduate? Are you interested in career paths outside of academia or the clinical setting? Do you need help finding a job, creating your CV or preparing for a job interview? Do you need help managing and overcoming your post-graduate financial debt?

  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm - Le Westin Montreal Hotel

FUNDAMENTALS OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY, Postponed until September 14-15, 2020, Kingston ON - More information on the 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. For details, pricing and to register (all registration is online), please go to “Upcoming Events”at Note that previous courses have filled up quickly, and that registration is limited. Registration will reopen on July 1st.

  • September 14-15, 2020 - Kingston, ON

Other Training

NEW! INTRODUCTION TO WEBPUBLISH, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - More information on this Introduction to WebPublish (PDF, 373 KB)
This introductory webinar offers you the opportunity to learn the basics of WebPublish. Following the session, you will be granted access to a training website and materials to practice the skills presented, through hands-on activities.

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.


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.

QUEER SYMPOSIUM: QUEERNESS ACROSS SPACES - May 8, 2020 York University More information on the Queer Symposium (PDF, 597 KB)
The Queer Graduate Student Caucus at York is inviting submissions for their inaugural queer symposium! The theme of “Queerness Across Spaces” will be explored in terms of research, practice, and professionalization. The symposium will be a mix of academic presentations (spoken and visual) and moderated round-table discussions (topics and themes determined by applicant pool). We are accepting submissions for 10-minute presentations and for round-table participants.

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!  For more information contact Kathy Lachapelle-Pétrin: or 613-237-2144 ext. 330. Website:

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY ANNUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE June 24, 2020 More information on this Department of Psychiatry Conference (PDF, 74 KB)
The Department of Psychiatry at Queen's University will hold its Annual Research Conference on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the Donald Gordon Centre. All faculty, residents, and students are encouraged to participate by submitting an abstract for presentation. Abstracts accepted for the Annual Conference may be presented in the form of either a Podium or Poster Presentation (please indicate preference). Poster presenters who are competing for the poster awards must present their work in a 3-minute oral poster presentation in addition to the traditional paper format.

Health and Safety and Mental Health

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! OTHER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, Recently Posted Academic Job Vacancies at Psychoneuroxy (PDF, 362 KB)