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Weekly Memo

Week of Monday, October 26, 2020

NEW! Queen’s Psychology Fall Virtual Open House

Join current Queen’s Psychology graduate students and faculty members online to learn more about our various graduate programs; hear about examples of innovative research being conducted by current graduate students; meet with potential graduate supervisors; and talk to future peers. More information on the Queen's Psychology Fall Virtual Open House (PDF, 428 KB).  Zoom links will be sent to all faculty and grad students one week before the event.

  • Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Kingston time (EST)

NEW! Indigenous – Migrant Solidarity Art Auction Fundraiser

ISWG (International Graduate Student Working Group) is organizing an Art Auction Fundraiser with the support of Elders on campus Allen Doxtater and Deb St. Amant, whose benefits will go to migrant graduate students at Queen’s. More information on the Indigenous - Migrant Solidarity Art Auction Fundraiser (PDF, 156 KB). Poster (PDF, 593 KB). The auction will be open between Oct 26–Nov 7.

Department of Psychology Feature Story!

CHELSEA WOOD-ROSS - Queen’s Psychology first year PhD student Chelsea Wood-Ross has recently published her work, “Brain of Thrones: Cognitive Effort and Perceived Performance During a Cognitive Task in Major Depressive Disorder” in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research. Read Chelsea’s full story here


Congratulations to Aki Gormezano, Social-Personality PhD student in the van Anders Lab on being awarded Best Poster at the Canadian Sex Research Forum this past week. The work was titled, "Visualizing the overlaps and distinctions between porn, fantasy, and in-person sexualities". Co-authors were post doctoral researcher Emily Harris, Stephanie Gauvin, PhD student in Dr. Caroline Pukall's Sexual Health Research Lab, former undergraduate student (currently in graduate school) Jude Pinto, Physics professor Greg van Anders, and Dr. Sari van Anders. Aki was also elected to be the junior student represented to CSRF at this meeting.

In the News

DEAN TRIPP - Crohn's and Colitis Canada, @getgutsycanada - How can we do our part to break the cycle of IBD's impact on MentalHealth? Watch Dr. Dean Tripp speak about his research funded by Crohn's and Colitis Canada to learn more

Upcoming Thesis Defenses

KYLA MAYNE, MSc Candidate (Supervisor: Wendy Craig) Thesis Title: Exploring victimization experiences of sexual minority adolescents and their effects on mental health and help-seeking behaviours: a minority stress perspective

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2020 - 12:00pm EST - All defenses will occur remotely, visitors are not permitted

HAYKAZ MANGARDICH, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Mark Sabbagh) Thesis Title: Exploring the role of referential context in young children’s cross-situational word learning

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 - 1:00pm EST - All defenses will occur remotely, visitors are not permitted

Queen's Psychology - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Update #4

The 2020-2021 EDI committee met for 1.5 hrs on Thursday, October 8th for our fourth meeting. If you have questions about the items, feel free to get in touch with Sari van Anders. Visit here for the summary (PDF, 146 KB).

Psychology Unit REB Upcoming Breaks/Delays

Just a reminder that the Unit REB observes all Queen's holidays and breaks including next week's fall-term break. Students still can submit applications including replies/revisions, but we won't resume processing applications until Nov. 2. The other breaks/delays this school year will be December 19 - January 3 and Reading Week (February 13-21).

Rotman Research Institute Virtual Open House – Attention Students and Staff 

Rotman Research Institute invites undergraduates, masters and PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, as well as research staff to their Virtual Open House. Visit virtually, the Rotman Research Institute (RRI) at Baycrest and learn more about their undergraduate summer student program, graduate school, and post-doctoral fellowship opportunities. Drop in anytime during the three-hour Virtual Open House to speak to RRI scientists, students, and staff in small virtual group settings; learn more about their functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, and transcranial magnetic resonance (TMS) labs and explore how you can pursue studies at the RRI. Register here for this event. For more information, please contact

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:00-4:00pm EST

University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ)

The University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ) is a peer-reviewed medical publication that values student contributions to medical research. The UTMJ is currently accepting submissions for our March issue on Social Determinants of Health. The deadline for article submissions is November 16, 2020. More information on this call for submissions (PDF, 302 KB)

Call for Papers - Context and Meaning XX: Art and Crime

The Graduate Visual Culture Association (GVCA) at Queen’s University is seeking submissions for a graduate research conference exploring the intersections of art and crime.  Hosted by the Department of Art History and Art Conservation and the GVCA, this year’s conference will take place from January 22, 2021 to January 23, 2021. Details about format and keynote speaker will be announced in the coming weeks. More on the GVCA Call for Papers (PDF, 109 KB). The deadline for submission is October 23, 2020.

Tri-Awards Nominations are Open

The nomination form for the annual Tri-awards is officially open. Each year, the Human Rights and Equity Office acknowledges the efforts and progress of faculty, staff and students who create a positive impact on the University community in the areas of Human Rights, Employment Equity and Accessibility. Nomination deadline: January 11, 2021. More information on the Tri-Award Nominations (PDF, 589 KB).

SWEP Summer 2021 Call for Proposals

The Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP), is entering its 26th year. Funded partially through the undergraduate portion of the Student Assistance Levy, the program encourages the creation of on-campus summer jobs that offer valuable experiential learning opportunities for Queen’s undergraduate students who will be returning to studies in the fall Deadline for proposals: October 30, 2020. More information on SWEP 2021 (PDF, 616 KB).

Participate in Studies

RELOCATION STUDY - Relationships and Well-Being Lab at the University of Toronto - The Relationships and Well-Being Lab at the University of Toronto is conducting research on couples who are relocating for one partner's school or work within the year (latest move date March 2021) to better understand how couples navigate the (often challenging) process and what can be done to better smooth this process. More information on this study

U-FLOURISH STUDY FOR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS - Dr. Anne Duffy (Department of Psychiatry, Queen's University) and the Queen's University and a collaborative group of investigators at Queen’s University request support for their CIHR funded research addressing why some students flourish over the course of university studies while others do not in terms of their well-being and academic success. Read more about the U-Flourish Student Well-being survey (PDF, 664 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

Funding Opportunities

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. Application deadline: November 15, 2020. 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).


PLANNED GRANT WORKSHOP AT CARLETON UNIVERSITY - Changed to Live Webinar - For the safety and well-being of all our workshop participants, rather than returning to Carleton University, we will be holding this Professional Grant Development workshop live online. It will include: the same length of instruction, interactive discussions, and one-on-ones with the instructor. This comprehensive two-day workshop will illustrate how to translate ideas into fundable proposals. The overall strategic plan for writing grants will be addressed, including: the needs statement, mission, goals, objectives, evaluation, key personnel, outcomes, and budgets. The instructor will use interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions to demonstrate how to research and write your specific project. More on the Professional Grant Development Workshop Webinar and how to register here (PDF, 223 KB).

  • November 5-6, 2020 - 10:30am to 6:00pm EST

NEW! Conferences

NEW! 73RD ONTARIO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE- Registration for the 73rd OPA Annual Conference is now open. The themes and sessions focus on some of the most relevant issues facing psychologists in this Covid-19 environment. More on the OPA Annual Conference and to register here

  • November 18 and 19, 2020 - Will be held virtually

NEW! HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Summit - Psychology students will one day make important decisions that affect the mental health of not only their clients and families, but their communities as well. To help inform and inspire this vital work, the Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) is hosting its first virtual Community Mental Health Summit November 25/26. More on the Community Mental Health Summit and to register here (PDF, 23 KB).

  • November 25/26 - Will be held virtually


THE QUEEN'S SUBSTANCE USE AND HARM REDUCTION FORUM is holding an online speaker series throughout the 2020-2021 academic year! Join the FREE one-hour monthly sessions with expert speakers covering a variety of topics related to substance use, harm reduction, and drug policy. The first session is on Monday, October 26th at 7:00PM, with CSSDP’s (Canadian Student for Sensible Drug Policy) Kira London-Nadeau and Heather D’Alessio. They will be sharing their amazing work in harm reduction and drug policy reform, as well as the role students can play! To register for the talk and receive information about our upcoming sessions including speakers, dates, and zoom links for the session sign up here.

  • Monday, October 26, 2020 at 7:00pm

NEW! DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY VIRTUAL LAB TALKS - Dr. Nazanin Alavi, “An Online Psychotherapy Clinic: A new method of delivering therapy”. More information on this Lab Talk (PDF, 130 KB).

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST via Zoom Virtual Platform

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY is hosting the Empowering Others: Carving Spaces in the Academy lecture series for its second run. This series centres scholars’ diverse experiences navigating the challenging world of academia. Speakers share what brought them to academia, some of the challenges they’ve faced, and how they have carved a place for themselves and others in their fields. By holding space for balanced, inclusive representation and illuminating diverse lived realities in academic contexts, we might all be empowered to learn about our own journeys in academia. Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend.

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

NEW! ePly now Live - New solution for one-time events

ePly is an online event registration software, and is the perfect tool for Queen’s business units to accept registrations for one-time/annual events and conferences. It is equally effective whether you are hosting a free event, or a paid event for which you would like to accept credit card payments. More information on ePly (PDF, 123 KB).

Message from Physical Plant Services

As reduced occupancy is expected on our campuses as the seasons continue to change, those with permission to access their offices or work spaces should keep energy management and sustainability in mind by turning off lights in unoccupied spaces and unplugging equipment not in use to avoid wasteful energy consumption and its damaging carbon impacts. In addition, please ensure that all windows are closed and thermostats are set to heating mode with a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius or 65 degrees Fahrenheit. 

NOTE** If you would like us to check your office/lab windows, please email Theresa at

Ongoing maintenance issues (leaks, broken windows, door/lock issues, lack of heating) should be reported to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or 613-533-6757.  

Health and Safety and Mental Health

A MESSAGE FROM QUEEN'S AVP HUMAN RESOURCES - Information on how to raise concerns related to COVID-19. The COVID-19 website has been updated to include information on where employees should go to address COVID-19 related concerns. It includes information on how to raise issues of potential non-compliance, such as, witnessing people not following Queen’s or public health protocols, or a concern requiring custodial services attention. The Return to Campus Guideline (page 14) has also been updated.


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.

NEW! TENURE AND TEACHING STREAM FACULTY APPOINTMENTS IN SOCIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - University of Toronto, Scarborough, More information on these tenure and teaching stream positions (PDF, 214 KB).
The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for several full-time faculty appointments, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. All applications materials, including reference letters, must be received by November 30, 2020.

POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLAR POSITION - Werklund School of Education, School and Applied Child Psychology, University of Calgary, More information on this Post-doctoral position (PDF, 130 KB).
The Werklund School of Education, School and Applied Child Psychology, at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for an interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar in intervention research focused on operational stress in Public Safety Personnel (PSP) and their families. Application deadline: October 23, 2020.

TENURE-TRACK POSITION - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - Wilfrid Laurier University, 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 Social Psychology beginning July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval. Application deadline: October 30, 2020, at 11:59pm.

TENURE-TRACK POSITION - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - Wilfrid Laurier University, More information on the position in Developmental Psychology (PDF, 491 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.. Application deadline: October 30, 2020, at 11:59pm.

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.

TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - Department of Psychology at University of Victoria, More information on this Tenure-Track position.
The Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track position in Social Psychology at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2021. Deadline for applications: November 23, 2020.

TENURE-TRACK APPOINTMENT, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE - York University, Glendon College, More information on this Tenure-Track position (PDF, 246 KB).
The Department of Psychology at Glendon College, York University, invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in cognitive neuroscience at the Assistant level, to commence July 1, 2021. Application deadline: December 18, 2020.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - Recently Posted Academic Job Vacancies at Psychoneuroxy (PDF, 77 KB).