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Faculty List

  • B.C. Armstrong, B.Sc., M.A. (Toronto), M.S., Ph.D., (Carnegie Mellon), Assistant Professor
  • M. Arruda-Carvalho, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Rio de Janeiro), Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor
  • M. Bagby, B.A. (Tennessee), M.A. (Radford), Ph.D., C. Psych (York), Professor
  • G.B. Biederman, B.Sc. (CUNY), Ph.D. (NYU), Professor Emeritus
  • D.A. Bors, B.A. (Florida), M.A. (Regina), Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Emeritus
  • J.S. Cant, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Western), Assistant Professor
  • L. Cirelli, B.A. (Laurentian), Ph.D. (McMaster), Assistant Professor
  • A. Cooper, B.A. (McMaster), M.A., Ph.D. (Ohio State), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • G.S. Cree, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Western), Associate Professor
  • G.C. Cupchik, B.A. (Michigan), M.A., Ph.D. (Wisconsin), Professor
  • D.K. Danielson, B.A. (Duke), M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (UBC), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • J. Dere, B.A. (McGill), M.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (Concordia), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • K.K. Dion, B.A. (Wellesley), Ph.D. (Minnesota), Professor
  • S. Erb, B.Sc. (Wilfrid Laurier), M.A., Ph.D. (Concordia), Associate Professor
  • J.E. Foley, B.A., Ph.D. (Sydney), Professor Emerita
  • B.Q. Ford, B.A., M.A. (Boston), Ph.D. (Berkeley), Assistant Professor
  • B. Forrin, B.A. (Toronto), M.A., Ph.D. (Michigan), Professor Emeritus
  • M.A. Fournier, B.A., Ph.D. (McGill), Associate Professor
  • V. Goghari, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A., Ph.D. (Minnesota), Associate Professor
  • D. W. Haley, B.A. (Annapolis), M.A. (San Francisco), Ph.D. (Albuquerque), Associate Professor
  • C. Hutcherson, B.A. (Harvard), Ph.D. (Stanford), Assistant Professor
  • Y. Inbar, B.A. (Berkeley), Ph.D. (Cornell), Assistant Professor
  • M. Inzlicht, B.Sc. (McGill), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Brown), Professor
  • R. Ito, B.A. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Associate Professor
  • S. Joordens, B.A. (New Brunswick), M.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo), Professor
  • J.M. Kennedy, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Belfast), Ph.D. (Cornell), University Professor Emeritus
  • A. Kukla, A.B., M.A., Ph.D. (UCLA), Professor Emeritus
  • J.C. LeBoutillier, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • A.C.H. Lee B.A. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Associate Professor
  • A. Nestor, B.A. (Bucharest), M.Sc. (New Bulgarian), Ph.D. (Brown), Assistant Professor
  • M. Niemeier, M.A. (Hamburg), Ph.D. (Tubingen), Associate Professor
  • T.L. Petit, B.Sc., M.A. (Louisiana), Ph.D. (Florida), Professor Emeritus
  • A.C. Ruocco, B.Sc. (York), M.Sc., Ph.D., C.Psych. (Drexel), Associate Professor
  • M.A. Schmuckler, B.A. (SUNY-Binghamton), Ph.D. (Cornell), Professor
  • Z. Segal, B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Queens), Ph.D. (Queens), Professor
  • M.C. Smith, B.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (MIT), Professor Emerita
  • R. Smyth, B.A. (Carleton), M.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Alberta), Associate Professor
  • M. Souza, B.A., M.A. (UC Davis), Ph.D. (Berkeley), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • S. Tran, B.A. (Oklahoma), M.S. (Texas A&M), Ph.D. (Minnesota), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • A.A. Uliaszek, B.A. (Penn State), M.A., Ph.D. (Northwestern), Assistant Professor
  • K.K. Zakzanis, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., C.Psych. (York), Professor

Chair: G.S. Cree
Associate Chair, Undergraduate and Program Supervisor: M. Souza

Program Manager:  Hanan Domloge
Undergraduate Advisor:  Priya Sivathason
Co-op Contact:

Psychology is that branch of science which seeks to understand behaviour and mind. Why organisms - human and infrahuman - act as they do is one of the most compelling and longstanding questions in the history of human thought. Philosophers, artists, novelists, theologians and others have sought the answer through a variety of means. Psychology uses the methods of scientific enquiry to address the question.

The areas of interest encompassed by the discipline of psychology include: How humans learn, adapt, and remember; how they change over their lifetimes; how they are affected by the presence of others; how their behaviour relates to their physiological functions; how mental processes can exhibit pathologies and how these pathologies can be treated. Our course offerings in Psychology include all of these topics, covering how psychologists go about answering the important questions in each, and what we have learned about each.

The Specialist Program in Psychology focuses on normal thought, feelings and behaviour whereas the Specialist Program in Mental Health Studies focuses on abnormal psychological processes. The Specialist Program in Psychology is intended both for students with a strong interest in the science of psychology and for those who wish to pursue graduate work in psychology after the first degree. The Specialist in Mental Health Studies is intended for students with a strong interest in pathologies of the mind and in their treatment. Students considering graduate study should plan to include the PSYD98Y3 (thesis course) in their undergraduate Program.

Two co-operative programs are offered, the Specialist (Co-op) Program in Psychology and the Specialist (Co-op) Program in Mental Health Studies. Admission to these programs which involve practical work experience is limited.

The Major Program in Psychology and the Major Program in Mental Health Studies are designed to introduce students to the main areas within each of these related disciplines. The Minor Program in Psychology is designed for students who are interested in a less intensive exposure to the field. Often, students wish to concentrate their studies in two areas, in which case a double Major Program combining psychology with another discipline is ideal. Programs in Mental Health Studies and Psychology cannot, however, be combined.

Students particularly interested in the relation of brain to behaviour should consider the Neuroscience Programs described the Neuroscience section of the Calendar.

Planning your Program in Psychology

Students should be aware that the A, B, C, D course structure in Psychology dictates the sequence in which courses should be taken, but not the year of study in which a given course must be taken. That is, A, B, C, and D do not correspond to first, second, third and fourth year. For example, it is recommended that PSYB07H3 and PSYC08H3 be taken consecutively in the two terms of second year.

Courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science correspond to A-, B-, C- or D-level of study, with the exception of PSY450H1, PSY493H1, and PSY494H1, which will count at the C-level, not the D-level; all other 400-level courses count as D-level courses. A 300-level course, which is comparable to a C-level course, may not be used to satisfy a D-level program requirement, even if it is listed as an exclusion to a D-level course. Students are encouraged to plan carefully so that they will meet their educational objectives over the years of their degree. Discussions with the Undergraduate Advisor can be very valuable in this regard.

Program Exclusion
Programs in Mental Health Studies and Psychology cannot be combined.

Guidelines for first year course selection in Psychology
PSYA01H3 and PSYA02H3 are recommended in first year for students intending to pursue a Specialist or Major Program in Psychology or Mental Health Studies.

Courses in Neuroscience
Students interested in including Neuroscience courses in their Psychology or Mental Health Studies Program should consult the Neuroscience section of the Calendar for details.

Courses in Psycholinguistics
These courses may be used as Psychology courses to fulfill Psychology Program requirements. See the Linguistics section of this Calendar for full descriptions.
(PLIB25H3) Second Language Acquisition
PLIC24H3 First Language Acquisition
PLIC54H3 Speech Physiology and Speech Disorders in Children and Adults
PLIC55H3 Psycholinguistics
PLIC75H3 Language and the Brain
PLID34H3 The Psycholinguistics of Reading
PLID44H3 Acquisition of the Mental Lexicon
PLID50H3 Speech Perception
(PLID55H3) Disorders of Speech and Language
PLID56H3 Special Topics in Language Disorders in Children

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.