Department of Psychology

UBC’s Department of Psychology is a top-ranked research department in Canada and in the world. Our faculty members, full-time graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows conduct research across the spectrum of psychology, representing eight sub-disciplinary specializations: Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive Science, Developmental, Health, Quantitative Methods, Social/Personality and Teaching/Learning.

The strength of our graduate programs lie in the highly productive research faculty, well-organized programs of study, extensive opportunities for student-faculty interaction, and rich offering of research specializations. Our faculty are well known for their research expertise in happiness, language acquisition, gambling, child development, gender roles, environmental behaviour, neuroscience, and many other areas of psychology. Our research programs are well funded by major national granting agencies, and our faculty are committed to research excellence and interdisciplinary collaborations within UBC’s Faculties of Medicine, Science and Arts, the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and many other institutions around the world.

Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Supervisors

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 Social Determinants of Health; Health Psychology; stress; coping; social support; couples; marriage; families; chronic illness; health
Dunn, Elizabeth Happiness, money and spending decisions, self-knowledge
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 Hormones and Growth Factors; Depression; Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis; Cognition; Postpartum Depression; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Aging Process; Alzheimer's Disease; Learning and Memory; hippocampus; Sex differences; neuroplasticity; estrogens; 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 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 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
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 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 Cognitive Science; Autobiographical memories; 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 Motivations and Emotions; Psychology - Biological Aspects; social psychology; Social Cognition; Social influence; Evolutionary 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 Psychosocial determinants of health in neurological disorders; Concussion; Traumatic Brain Injury; Neuropsychological assessment methods; Cognitive rehabilitation; Metacognition; Functional neurological disorder; Implementation Science
Sin, Nancy Social Determinants of Health; Stress; Social Aspects of Aging; Health Promotion; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Well-being; Stress processes; Adult development and aging; depression; Emotions; Health behaviours; cardiovascular disease
Snyder, Jason plasticity, learning, memory, stress, mental health, emotional behaviour
Soma, Kiran Biological Behavior; Neuroendocrine Diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; Endocrinology; stress; Behavior
Todd, Rebecca Cognition; Motivation, Emotions and Rewards; Learning and Memory; Human Cognition and Emotion; Motivationally and affectively biased attention and memory; Emotional learning (associative learning of reward and punishment); Human Neurocognitive processes underlying all of the above
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 Neuronal Systems; Cognition; Stochastic Processes; Electrophysiology; cognitive neuroscience of consciousness, perception, memory, spontaneous thought; computational neuroscience of neural oscillations, brain regional networks; effects of noise in the brain; brain plasticity and cultural learning
Werker, Janet Language Acquisition and Development; Speech and Language Development Disorders; Language and Cognitive Processes; Bilingualism and Multilingualism; Psychology - Biological Aspects; Language Acquisition; speech perception; Multisensory Processing; Critical Periods; Plasticity; Psycholinguistics
Winstanley, Catharine Neuronal Systems; Mental Health and Society; Neuropharmacology; Trauma / Injuries; Behavioural neuroscience; Gambling disorder; Addiction; decision making; Impulsivity; Traumatic Brain Injury
Woody, Sheila Mental Health and Society; Anxiety; Cognition; Community Health / Public Health; Specific Social Services (Clientele); Hoarding
Zhao, Jiaying Psychology - Biological Aspects; Environment and Society; Socio-Economic Conditions; Cognitive Science; Poverty; sustainability; Behavior Change; Public Policy


Janet Mah

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

Anthea Pun

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

Rami Nader

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

Kate Kysow

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

May Luu

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Yeeun Lee, UBC PhD student

Yeeun Lee

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

Ryan Dwyer

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)