Psychology

Psychology covers most major areas of the discipline, including: behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, cognitive science, developmental psychology, health psychology, personality and social psychology, and quantitative methods.

 

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Faculty Members in Psychology

Name Research Interests
Alden, Lynn Cognitive processes in the anxiety disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder, adult-onset Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, cognitive-behavior therapy
Baron, Andrew cognitive development, infancy, childhood, adolescence, racism, race, stereotypes, cooperation, bias, innateness, science education, multiculturalism, gender, ethnicity, neuromarketing, attitudes, preferences, psychology
Biesanz, Jeremy personality, Personality, interpersonal perception, accuracy, personality coherence, quantitative methods
Birch, Susan Social perspective taking, social learning, social cognition, imitation, nonverbal behavior, confidence, communication, decision-making, impression formation, child development My primary area of expertise is the study of children and adults’ social perspective taking abilities (i.e., their abilities to reason about other peoples’ mental states–their intentions, knowledge, and beliefs) and how their abilities to take another person’s perspective impacts how they form impressions of others, learn from others, communicate with others, and informs a range of socials. Of particular interest is a) how children make inferences about what is credible information to learn (e.g., how they decide whether someone is a credible source of information based on how confident that person seems) and b) how a widespread bias in perspective taking referred to as ‘the curse of knowledge bias’ (a difficulty reasoning about a more naive perspective as the result of being biased by one’s current knowledge) can impair communication (both written and in person) and decision-making across a range of fields (politics, law, education, economics, medicine, etc.)., Development of language, learning, and social understanding in infants and children
Chen, Frances social behaviour, relationships, social support, stress, coping, conflict and negotiation, social neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology.
Christoff, Kalina brain, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, prefronal cortex, fMRI, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, executive functions, problem solving, reasoning, thinking, mind-wandering, attention, consciousness, real-time fMRI, trauma and PTSD, Cognitive and neural basis of human thought, reasoning and problem solving
Clark, Luke Gambling, Problem Gambling, Addiction, Decision-Making, Reward, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms involved in gambling behaviour and disordered gambling
Dawson, Samantha Sexual function and dysfunction in individuals and couples; Interventions for sexual dysfunction
De Longis, Anita Psychology and cognitive sciences; social determinants of health; chronic illness; coping; couples; families; health; Health Psychology; marriage; social support; stress
Dunn, Elizabeth Happiness, money and spending decisions, self-knowledge
Eich, Eric Mood congruence and mood dependence in learning and remembering, memory impairments associated with bipolar affective illness, the cognitive correlates of dissociative identity disorder, and subjective, behavioral, and neural differences between field (first-person perspective) and observer (third-person perspective) memories
Enns, James Behavioural neuroscience of reward and motivation; attention; action kinematics; social perception; perceptual development
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Neural circuits subserving learning and executive functions, behavioural and electrophysiological analyses of limbic-cortical-striatal interactions involved in decision making and behavioural flexibility, animal models of schizophrenia and drug addiction
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Aging Process; Alzheimer's disease; cognition; depression; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; estrogens; hippocampus; Hormones and Growth Factors; Learning and Memory; Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis; neuroplasticity; Postpartum Depression; Sex differences; women's health
Graf, Peter Memory (including episodic and semantic memory, and working memory); Human memory; Prospective memory; Affect and cognition
Hall, David Geoffrey Lexical and conceptual development, semantic development, language acquisition
Hamlin, Kiley Psychology and cognitive sciences; Cognitive development; Moral Judgement and Duty or Obligation Morals; Infant / Child Development; Foundations of Religious, Mystical, Mythical and Moral Thoughts; Infant moral cognition; infant social cognition
Handy, Todd aging and cognition, aging and exercise, cognitive neuroscience, attention, migraine, fMRI, Cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, attention and its impairment in clinical populations, mind wandering, and real-world human behaviour
Heine, Steven Culture and human nature in psychology, culture, how people strive to maintain a sense of meaning in their lives when they encounter anomalies which they are unable to make any sense of, how people understand essences and genetic foundations for human behavior
Hewitt, Paul perfectionism, Therapy Perfectionism, personality vulnerability, depression, suicide in adults and children
Hoppmann, Christiane Psychology and cognitive sciences; Aging Process; Social Aspects of Aging; stress; Health Promotion; social determinants of health; Health and well-being across the adult lifespan and into old age; individual differences in goals
Kerns, Connor assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD); childhood anxiety and stress-related disorders; trauma-related disorders; Autism; Anxiety; Comorbidity
Kim, Eric Health psychology; Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); psychological well-being; Purpose in life / Meaning in life; resilience; Optimism / Hope; Health Psychology; Social Epidemiology; Aging
Kingstone, Alan Human cognition and social attention in complex settings behavioral, neuropsychological, and functional neuroimaging research
Klonsky, Elisha Clinical psychology; Suicide (theory, motivations, transition from suicidal thoughts to attempts); emotion; personality.
Laurin, Kristin Social psychology; Psychology of social class; Political psychology; Rationalization and system justification; Morality
LeMoult, Joelle Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; depression and psychobiological responses to stress; understanding how depression develops and unfolds across the lifespan
Mikami, Amori peer relationships; friendships; peer rejection; bullying; social skills training; social networking; Facebook; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; ADHD; children; adolescents, Ways in which a supportive classroom or home environment can help children to make friends, Designing and evaluating interventions that train teachers or parents in strategies to assist children with peer problems
Norenzayan, Ara social psychology; cultural psychology; evolutionary psychology; religion; culture; human cooperation; human universals; thinking across cultures, Psychology of religious thought and behavior, religious diversity, cooperation and conflict, issues of cultural variability and universality in human behavior, and cultural evolution, broadly conceived
Odic, Darko cognitive development, language acquisition, mathematics, perception of time and space, psychophysics, visual cognition, preschoolers, confidence, statistics
Palombo, Daniela Psychology and cognitive sciences; Autobiographical memories; Cognitive Science; Non-mnemonic functions
Paulhus, Delroy academic dishonesty, faking on questionnaires, dark personalities, Social/personality Altruism, the dark triad, intelligence, socially desirable responding
Rankin, Catharine Effects of experience early in development on adult behaviour and the nervous system, adult learning and memory
Rensink, Ronald vision, attention, consciousness, interface design, Cognitive vision
Rights, Jason R-squared measures and methods for multilevel models; unappreciated consequences of conflating level-specific effects in analysis of multilevel data; delineating relationships between multilevel models and other commonly used models; advancing model selection and comparison methods for latent variable models
Savalei, Victoria Latent variable modeling, especially structural equation modeling (SEM) Development of new statistical methods to handle incomplete data, nonnormal data, and categorical data
Schaller, Mark Psychology and cognitive sciences; Motivations and Emotions; Psychology - Biological Aspects; Evolutionary Psychology; Social Cognition; Social influence; social psychology
Schmader, Tanya Stereotype Threat - What Moderates it, Mediates it, and Alleviates it?, The Self-Protective Processes of Psychological Disengagement, Vicarious Shame and Guilt felt for the Actions of Ingroup Members
Shariff, Azim Psychology of Religion; Evolutionary Psychology; Cultural Evolution; Moral Psychology; Emotion; social psychology; Cross Cultural Psychology; Motivational Psychology; Philosophy of Religion; Human-technology interactions; Ethics of automation (self driving cars)
Silverberg, Noah Psychology and cognitive sciences; Cognitive rehabilitation; Concussion; Functional neurological disorder; Implementation Science; Metacognition; Neuropsychological assessment methods; Psychosocial determinants of health in neurological disorders; Traumatic Brain Injury
Sin, Nancy Psychology and cognitive sciences; social determinants of health; stress; Social Aspects of Aging; Health Promotion; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Adult development and aging; cardiovascular disease; depression; Emotions; Health behaviours; Stress processes; Well-being
Snyder, Jason plasticity, learning, memory, stress, mental health, emotional behaviour
Soma, Kiran Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Zoology; Behavior; Biological Behavior; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrine Diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; stress
Todd, Rebecca Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; cognition; Emotional learning (associative learning of reward and punishment); Human Cognition and Emotion; Human Neurocognitive processes underlying all of the above; Learning and Memory; Motivation, Emotions and Rewards; Motivationally and affectively biased attention and memory
Tracy, Jessica emotion, self-conscious emotions (pride, Emotion, nonverbal expression, self-conscious emotions (eg, pride, shame), the self, self-esteem, narcissism, trends in psychological science
Ward, Lawrence Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; brain plasticity and cultural learning; cognition; cognitive neuroscience of consciousness, perception, memory, spontaneous thought; computational neuroscience of neural oscillations, brain regional networks; effects of noise in the brain; electrophysiology; Neuronal Systems; stochastic processes
Werker, Janet Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Bilingualism and Multilingualism; Critical Periods; Language Acquisition; Language Acquisition and Development; Language and Cognitive Processes; Multisensory Processing; Plasticity; Psycholinguistics; Psychology - Biological Aspects; speech perception; Speech and Language Development Disorders
Winstanley, Catharine Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Addiction; Behavioural neuroscience; decision making; Gambling disorder; Impulsivity; Mental Health and Society; Neuronal Systems; Neuropharmacology; Trauma / Injuries; Traumatic Brain Injury
Woody, Sheila Psychology and cognitive sciences; Mental Health and Society; Anxiety; cognition; Community Health / Public Health; Specific Social Services (Clientele); Hoarding
Zhao, Jiaying Natural environment sciences; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Behavior Change; Cognitive Science; Environment and Society; Poverty; Psychology - Biological Aspects; Public Policy; Socio-Economic Conditions; sustainability
 
 

Student & Alumni Stories in Psychology

Janet Mah

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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

Anthea Pun

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Rami Nader

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Yeeun Lee, UBC PhD student

Yeeun Lee

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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

Ryan Dwyer

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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

Ariel Ko

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Kate Kysow

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