Department of Psychology

Why study psychology?

Learn how to discuss and apply psychological theories and research. Acquire the expertise involved in conducting research with human participants and animals. Discover how psychology contributes to a diverse field of disciplines: brain and cognitive science, industrial organizational psychology, social psychology, and more.

You'll develop skills that lead to success in a wide range of graduate studies and professional disciplines.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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The UCalgary Psychology Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Blog...

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Finding Power in My Voice: The importance of a Diversified Curriculum

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An Open Letter to the University of Calgary

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Anti-racist statement

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Future undergrad students

Undergraduate programs

Psychology is the scientific study of brain and behaviour. Psychologists analyze the cognitive, biological, and social bases of how humans think, feel, and behave.

Ashley Ware received a Killam Award for her research

Future grad students

Clinical psychology

Advance your knowledge of the causes, prevention, assessment and treatment of psychological problems, along with the promotion of health and wellness. Our program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Psychology professor Penny Pexman and her PhD student David Sidhu have written a paper examining what people will infer from the sounds used in different names.

Future grad students


Learn specialized training and collect data using scientific methods. Choose to specialize in one of our three exciting research areas.

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Featured publication

Parental Use of “Cry Out” in a Community Sample During the First Year of Infant Life. Giesbrecht, G. F., Letourneau, N., Campbell, T., Hart, M., Thomas, J., & Tomfohr-Madsen, L. (2020). Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

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In the media

In the News: Sheri Madigan and Rachel Eirich, Psychology, in Conversation Canada

5 tips for a safe Halloween during COVID-19 — and what to do if trick-or-treating is cancelled

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In the News: Nicole Racine, Psychology, in Victoria News

Trick or Treat? Experts divided on letting kids go out on Halloween due to COVID risk

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In the News: Keith Dobson, Psychology, in Richmond News

'It hurts': Workers grapple with the mental impacts of pandemic recession

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In the News: David Hodgins, Psychology, in CBC News

Alberta's online gaming site raises the odds of creating new problem gamblers, expert says

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News and announcements

COVID-19 isolation hurting women more than men

Researchers publish study showing differences in sleep quality, empathy and mood...

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2020 Killam Annual Professorships awarded for creative writing, reservoir science, mental and physical health

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5 tips for a safe Halloween during COVID-19 — and what to do if trick-or-treating is cancelled

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Leaps in microbiome research, understanding childhood pain and water supply modelling

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