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

Are All “Allies” Really Equal? Tips on Being an Active Indigenous Ally

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

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Not “Fresh off the Boat”: An EDI Committee Blog Post Series - Topic 4: A Perspective on Education

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Not “Fresh off the Boat”: An EDI Committee Blog Post Series - Topic 3: The Myth of the Model Minority

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Not “Fresh off the Boat”: An EDI Committee Blog Post Series - Topic 2: “What are you?”: Experiences of the Biracial, Mixed, and Racially Ambiguous

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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

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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, Psychology, in The Wall Street Journal

Sexting Among Kids Is Bigger Than Ever—and Often Illegal. Here’s How to Talk to Your Child

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In the News: Sheri Madigan, Psychology, in Globe and Mail

‘Tapped out’: why mothers are vulnerable to next wave of the pandemic, one of poor mental health

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In the News: Kelly Dean Schwartz, Psychology, in The Calgary Herald

Isolation of COVID has caused youth mental health issues to spike

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In the News: Kelly Dean Schwartz, Psychology, in CTV News

Alberta probes COVID-19's impact on mental health of children and youth

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News and announcements

Faculty of Arts Awards and Celebration of Excellence 2021

Annual event to be held June 17 on Zoom ...

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Why it’s difficult for children to understand sarcasm

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Class of 2021: UCalgary’s President’s Award winners

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Post-secondary experts host online summer wellness series

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