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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

Today is Red Dress Day: What Action Will You Take?

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

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Statement on earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

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Statement in Support of Iranian Women

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Understanding the refugee job search process: Barriers and recommendations

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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

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.


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: Emiko Muraki, Penny Pexman in The Conversation Canada

We’re just starting to learn more about aphantasia, the inability to picture things with the mind’s eye

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

Are sports betting ads getting out of control in Canada? Experts weigh in

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In the News: Sheri Madigan, Psychology, in Yahoo! News UK

One in four children suffered greater anxiety and depression during pandemic

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In the News: Keith Dobson, Psychology, in Yahoo! Finance

Pervasive Stigma remains a harsh reality for people living with Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders

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News and announcements

Graduate Students' Association honours award recipients for 2022-23 academic year

Keira Gunn and Ariel Kim awarded prestigious Leadership Awards at GSA Awards Gala 2023...

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4 UCalgary finalists in SSHRC Storytellers Challenge

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University of Calgary awarded largest research grant in its history

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Dr. Penny Pexman departing UCalgary to join Western University as vice-president (research)

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