Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting facult members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Supervision".

Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Borgen, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Khan, Samia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Petherick, LeAnne Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Roman, Leslie Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Kelly, Deirdre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Vertinsky, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Zebehazy, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Walter, Pierre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Mitchell, Cameron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Parent, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Nashon, Samson Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Mercer, Sterett Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nicol, Cynthia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Cole, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Anderson, Ann Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Liu, Yan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Schnellert, Leyton Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Cannon, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Wright, Handel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Meyer, Karen Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Petrina, Stephen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wernicke-Heinrichs, Meike Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Zappa, Sandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Tom, Allison Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wilson, Brian Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Lo, Owen Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gerofsky, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hymel, Shelley Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Norman, Moss Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology

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    Reaching Out Tips

    Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

    Check requirements
    • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
    • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
    Focus your search
    • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
    • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
      • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
      • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
    Make a good impression
    • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
      • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
      • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
    • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
    • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
    • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
      • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
      • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
    • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.