Learn about faculty available to supervise honours students during 2024/25.
Students will want to contact potential supervisors between TBA and TBA. You will need to find a committed supervisor prior to application deadline in TBA.
The most important characteristic is mutual interest. The ideal supervisor is working in an area of enough interest to you that you can imagine yourself spending at least 8 months working intensively on a research project in that area. A few important points to consider:
Your honours thesis doesn't have to directly relate to your grad studies specialization
Some applied areas of psychology--clinical, counselling, and industrial-organizational--are high demand and there are limited numbers of potential supervisors available. Consider your interests in psychology and what you know about related areas. For example, social psychology is relevant to many specializations. And research in basic cognitive processes can be relevant to applications such as cognitive-behaviour therapy.
Work with an expert in the field
It is important that you carry out a well-designed project that makes some contribution to knowledge in the field of psychology. It is also important that you do this in a competent fashion, while learning new skills and expanding your knowledge of the discipline. This is most likely if you work with an expert in the field.
Choose someone you can work with
The quality of the relationship between you and your supervisor is important. This is a one-to-one mentoring relationship and obviously your learning will be enhanced if you work well together. Also, the reference letter from your supervisor is the most important reference letter you will need for your application to graduate school, medical school, law school, etc. The better the work you do together, the better that letter will be.
Before you submit your application, you should contact potential supervisors. The window to do so is between October 17th and November 28th, 2022. You should arrange to meet them between these dates, have a version of your application package ready for them to review, and discuss the possibility of their supervising your honours thesis.
Send an introductory email
Your initial email should be a brief request to set up an initial meeting to discuss working together.
Research your potential supervisor
Read some recent publications so you're knowledgeable about their area(s) of research and able to ask questions. You'll usually find a listing of recently published articles on their personal contact page. If they don't list any, do some independent research or contact them directly.
Prepare for your meeting
Be ready to give the potential supervisor the same information you'll have to give in your application:
A copy of your university grades
A statement of intent
Your Curriculum Vitae
Meet the potential supervisor
Tell them about yourself and why you'd like to work with them. Ask what kinds of projects they're willing to supervise, and their expectations for honours students (e.g., do they expect you to work regularly on Saturdays or Sundays, or during evenings?).
Questions to ask
Feel free to ask them about the likelihood of your working with them (i.e., do they have so many potential honours students contacting them that your chance is 1/100?).
Manage your expectations
You should not expect them to commit to working with you on the spot. The purpose of the meeting is to get acquainted with one another. Either one of you may decide, upon reflection, that this is not the best supervisory arrangement.
There are many reasons why a particular professor is not on the list this year. They may be planning to be away on sabbatical leave or have too many graduate students or other work commitments to commit the time needed to supervise an honours project. If you intend to graduate at the end of the current Winter semester, you'll have to find an alternative. If you're planning ahead and reading this a year or more before you need to apply for honours, then you may be in luck. By the time you apply, the professor may once again be on the list of potential supervisors.
Psychologist who usually teach in the department and have a formal, professional relationship with it, but aren't members. They may teach or work elsewhere.
If your supervisor is an adjunct, you might not meet with them or do research on campus. Their time may be limited by other commitments. Be sure you're comfortable with the degree of contact that you'll have and the context in which you'll meet and research.
Have retired from UCalgary, but continue to contribute on a volunteer basis or in contract positions. This usually means that they continue to teach certain courses and/or to engage in research. As in the case of adjunct professors, you should discuss with them their availability for consultation and where you will meet with them and conduct your research.
Learn about faculty available to supervise honours students during 2024/25.
My research interests focus primarily on the "dark side" of romantic relationships, with a special focus on issues surrounding forgiveness and unforgiveness. I also have a side interest in grandparent-grandchild relationships.
As an Industrial-Organizational Psychology specialist, I study human behavior in the workplace context. My lab is the "Organizational Behaviour and Influence" Laboratory.
Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Behavioural Medicine
Our mission is to uncover behavioural, cellular and synaptic mechanisms that are responsible for mediating experience- and activity-dependent changes to the neural circuitry of the cerebral cortex. We are interested in understanding changes that occur normally, in the developing and adult cortex, as well as when things go awry. We apply multidisciplinary approaches, including molecular, genetic, anatomical, and behavioural assays in a model nervous system - the mouse's - to reveal mechanisms of plasticity in the cerebral cortex.
The research is in the area of the effects of psychological stress during pregnancy on child development outcomes.
In my lab, we study internal attention, also known as mind wandering, using a multi-method cognitive neuroscience approach. This includes examining scalp and intracranial EEG, eye-tracking, and behavioral data in both healthy and clinical populations.
I am interested in the measurement and structure of personality traits. On the basis of analyses of personality lexicons of various languages, my colleague (M. C. Ashton) and I have proposed a six-dimensional model known as the HEXACO model of personality. Visit hexaco.org for more information about the model.
My research uses electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to study how brain dynamics are linked to variations in cognitive capacity. Specifically, we examine how neural networks change when people learn something new, or when people experience focal or diffuse brain damage
Our research is focused on how developmental and adolescent stress impacts long-term neural activity and behaviour. We are using a combination of techniques including in vivo calcium imaging, optogenetics, electrophysiology and socioemotional behavioural analysis in transgenic mouse models to answer these questions.
Fiona's research is broadly interestedin enhancing the patient and family experience for pediatric patients diagnosed with cancer and improving the psychosocial late effects in survivors of pediatric cancer.
My area of interest is the stigma of mental illness
fields of interest include leadership, work design, and occupational health and safety. His research often integrates these areas to explore the psychological predictors and consequences of “healthy work” – work that promotes psychological well-being and physical safety.
Leadership (toxic leadership, remote/hybrid leadership), career development, workplace mental health, workplace culture.