The Department of Psychology Weekly Memo is published at the start of each week and outlines the most up-to-date Department and Campus-wide information for members of the Department of Psychology community.

In the News

NEW! DR. JONATHAN SMALLWOOD - Dr. Smallwood talks about how research found that participants alone in lockdowns turned their minds to other less, and when they were able to socialize, they thought about other humans more frequently than pre-pandemic.

NEW! DR. DAVID HAUSER - Dr. Hauser says a lot of cancer patients find this survivorship language of "fighting or battling cancer" to be an incredibly inept description of their experience.

Upcoming Thesis Defense

NEW! EMMA LITTLER, MSc Candidate (Supervisor: Janet Menard) Thesis Title: The Enduring Effects of Adolescent Stress on Adult Anxiety-like and Depression-like Behaviours: A Meta-Analysis of the Rodent Literature

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 12:00 pm EST. All defenses will occur remotely, visitors are not permitted


Graduate Students: We are excited to announce the newly renovated AGSIP lounge in Humphrey Hall (second floor) and 2 new TA Offices are ready for you to use! TA offices are meant to be used for office hours for courses you TA. Additionally, one of the rooms houses the Scantron machine. If courses you TA use Scantrons for midterms/finals, you can use this room and the PC to scan the Scantron sheets. Instructions are located at the machine and if you have questions, please connect with a senior Grad student who has likely worked this machine before. As with current COVID protocol, masks must be worn in these rooms. Note that this space is locked at all times, and if you have not yet obtained your key to access this space, please contact Suzanne at

Career Services Supervisor Workshops


  • Monday, October 18, 2021; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Remote
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, In-person  


  • Thursday, October 14, 2021; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Remote
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021; 2:30 – 3:30, Remote
  • Monday, October 25, 2021, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, In-person

Register supervisor workshops by emailing

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

SEPTEMBER UPDATE: This was the third meeting of the 2021-2022 EDI Committee took place on Thursday September 9th. If you have questions about the items, feel free to get in touch with Sari van Anders.More information about this meeting (PDF, 216 KB)

CPA Faculty and Graduate Student Representative Search

FACULTY - The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) currently has an open position for a faculty member at Queen’s University who is interested in becoming a Faculty Representative. This position involves acting as a mentor to CPA Student Affiliates and Student Campus Representatives at the Undergraduate and Graduate level. Our aim is for Faculty Representatives to be available at national and international psychology programs to provide advice and act as resources for students and faculty who are interested in learning more about CPA. For more information on this position and how to become a Faculty Representative please visit:

GRADUATE STUDENTS - The student section of the CPA is dedicated to helping students prepare for their careers in psychology and providing opportunities to network with professors, researchers, and leaders in the job market. They recognize the need to have a strong voice in the psychological community and facilitate connections between other psychology students and academics across Canada. We are currently hiring a Graduate Student Representative at Queen's University for the Canadian Psychological Association. More information about this role can be found at

‘Mood Lifters’ mental health wellness program for graduate students

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed an online mental wellness program (‘Mood Lifters’) specifically for graduate students. They are launching a randomized controlled trial of this program and participation is open to any graduate student. For more information about the study and how to participate, please see:

COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE ON EATING AND DRINKING ON QUEEN'S CAMPUS - As we know from Public Health experts, eating and drinking is a high-risk activity when it comes to the potential transmission of COVID-19. To help protect the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff, the university has the following rules in place to follow around eating and drinking on campus. More information on these rules (PDF, 123 KB)

Graduate Student Tutors

Psychology Graduate Students - If you are interested in having your name shared as a potential tutor, please email Anja Wilke in the Undergraduate Office with the courses you can tutor (can not be the course you are TA this year) and your contact information. We do not regulate tutoring (e.g., we do not comment on rates for pay, timing, or anything else), but are happy to share your information if you are interested in tutoring.

Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)

The Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP), is entering its 27th 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. More information on this SWEP Program • Deadline for submission of SWEP job proposals from employers: 31 Oct 2021

Terracycle Disposable Mask Collection Boxes

In an effort to reduce disposable mask litter on campus and to eliminate this waste from landfill, Terracycle collection boxes have been deployed to the buildings listed below. If you notice a box is full, please contact Fixit.

  • Botterell Hall (main foyer)
  • Biosciences (Arch Street entrance)
  • School of Medicine (Arch Street entrance)
  • Cataraqui Building (main foyer)
  • Rideau Building (ground floor)
  • John Deutsch University Centre (ground floor, north entrance)
  • Mitchell Hall (1st floor, Union Street entrance)
  • Queen’s Centre (Atrium, north entrance)
  • School of Kinesiology (main entrance)
  • Stauffer Library (main entrance)

Additional Collection Boxes will be deployed to:

  • Humphrey Hall (south entrance, between Humphrey & Craine)
  • Douglas Library (main entrance)
  • Chernoff Hall (Bader Lane entrance)
  • Stirling Hall (east entrance)
  • Smith School of Business (main entrance)
  • Beamish-Munro Hall (outside the Tea Room)

Please email any questions or concerns about this program to Llynwen Osborne.

Craine and Humphrey and Barrie Street Building Notices

NEW! FIRE SYSTEM INSPECTIONS FOR HUMPHREY HALL - Sprinkler installers from Fast Response Fire Systems Inc., working on behalf of Facilities, will be conducting fire system inspections Wednesday, October 13 in Humphrey Hall. The installers will require access to all locations where sprinkler heads exist in order to perform a brief visual inspection of each device. If a space is occupied or in use, they will move on to the next space and return once it is vacant or at a mutually agreed upon time. Visual inspections of standpipe systems will occur in public hallways and mechanical areas. The installers will be wearing clothing and/or identification to indicate their affiliation to Fast Response Fire Systems Inc. Facilities staff will assist the installers with a fire watch of the fire alarm panel while sprinkler system is in progress. There will be no impact to building operations while testing is in progress. For more information, please contact Client Services (Fixit) by phone at ext. 77301 or by email at

CRAINE FLOOD DAMAGE REPAIR UPDATE - Please see the following notes regarding ongoing water damage repairs in the Craine Building:

  • Drywall and painting is currently underway in the affected spaces in Craine
  • Drywall work may cause dust to be present during the week of Sept. 27th. Steps are being taken to mitigate this, however it is recommended that you work in an alternative location while drywall work is occurring on your floor if at all possible
  • Dehumidifiers and construction work continue to affect air conditioning in Craine, making the building warmer than usual;
  • Noise from construction will continue to occur throughout the repair work;
  • Material from labs/offices in affected spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floor have been moved temporarily to allow repair work in those spaces to occur;
  • Questions or concerns may be directed to Department Manager Sarah Indewey (

AGSIP LOUNGE CONSTRUCTION – Construction has begun in the Humphrey 201 (AGSIP Lounge). Contact Sola Ashcroft for information on this project.

C330 CONSTRUCTION – Construction has begun in Craine 330. Contact Sola Ashcroft for information on this project.

H416, H417, H422, H423 CONSTRUCTION – Construction has begun in Humphrey 416, 417, 422, 423. Contact Asim Malik for information on this project.

H443 - H459 CONSTRUCTION – Construction is expected to begin soon in Humphrey 443 to Humphrey 459. Contact Asim Malik for information on this project.

C420 REPAIRS – Minor repairs in Craine 420 to accommodate mass spectrometer equipment. Contact Gord Meacher for information on this project.

H409, H411 FLOORING– A new floor will be installed at a later date in Humphrey 409-411. A project manager has yet to be assigned.

H460 - H471 CONSTRUCTION – Construction will begin at a later date in Humphrey 460 to Humphrey 471). A project manager has yet to be assigned.

Queen's University Presentations

SNID FALL TERM TALKS - Studies in National and International Development Lecture Series online in the 2021-2022 academic year. More information on these SNID events (PDF, 460 KB)


NEW! 17th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL STRESS RESEARCH - Call for Submissions - June 4-6, 2022, Savannah, GA More information on this conference (PDF, 79 KB) Deadline for Submissions: January 21, 2022

Health and Safety and Mental Health

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CONTINUES TO PROVIDE TRAINING - In the past year our training was provided online through OnQ or moved to virtual through MS Teams. Below are highlighted topics. You will find all topics on our website under the Training tab, whether training is role-specific or mandatory for all employees. Register at

  • Health and Safety Awareness: This topic is mandatory for all employees and always available through OnQ. If hiring has been done for new to Queen’s employees please ensure they complete this training. This topic is only required to be completed one time per employer regardless of position.
  • Health and Safety for Supervisors: This topic will assist individuals in understanding their role as a supervisor, as well as their legal duties and responsibilities under the Occupational Health & Safety Act. The next session is scheduled for October 29th. Please register through the EHS website.
  • WHMIS.2015: Any person working with chemicals must complete WHMIS at Queen’s, as well as the Annual Refresher each following year. Both WHMIS.2015 and the Annual Refresher are available for self-registration and can be completed at any time through OnQ.
  • Biohazard Training: All Biosafety training and required Annual Refresher training continues to be available for self-registration through OnQ. This is a requirement for any person in Biohazard labs and working for Permits.
  • Radiation Safety Training: All Radiation safety training and required Annual Refreshers continue to be available for self-registration and provided through OnQ. This is a requirement for any person in Radiation labs and working for Permits.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training: Anyone shipping  or preparing dangerous goods for shipment must complete online TDG training available in OnQ by self-registration. We offer a standard TDG and an an additional module for shipping biohazardous materials.

Employment Opportunities

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

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has two post-doc positions available at its Head Office in Ottawa, Ontario. Pease see below:

NEW! INSTRUCTOR/CLINIC DIRECTOR (TENURE TRACK POSITION) - University of Calgary - More information about this Clinic Director position (PDF, 125 KB)
The Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary is seeking applications for the University of Calgary Psychology Clinic Director. The successful candidate will be appointed as Instructor or Senior Instructor (Tenure-track, full time) in the Department of Psychology. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2022. Application deadline: October 15, 2021

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (PROBATIONARY TENURE-TRACK) - University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario - More information on this Western position (PDF, 123 KB) The Department of Psychology at Western University invites applications from exceptional researchers to fill a tenure-stream academic position in the area of Clinical Psychology, focusing on psychological intervention science. Application deadline: October 15, 2021

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (TENURE TRACK POSITION) - Department of Psychology, Memorial University - More information on this Memorial University position (PDF, 156 KB)
The Department of Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a tenure track position in Clinical Psychology at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher. Application deadline: November 1, 2021

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