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Welcome to the Department of Psychology!

Thank you for visiting the website of the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. The University of Calgary is ranked as one of Canada’s top universities. More than 30,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, including medicine, law, and veterinary medicine.

The Department of Psychology is one of the largest academic units at the university, with 37 full-time professors, almost 100 graduate students in our Master of Science (MSc) and PhD programs, and over 800 undergraduate students in our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree programs. The Department offers a B.A./B.Sc. Honours program for select undergraduates, who complete a research thesis in their final year of studies. We collaborate with other academic units on campus to support degree programs in Health Sciences, Mind Sciences, and Neuroscience. We also support a collaborative extension program for students at Red Deer College, who can complete a B.A. degree at the RDC campus. We have two student organizations, one for undergraduate students (PSYCHS) and the other for graduate students (PGSA).  Undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in the research activities of our professors, and there are many opportunities to do so, including courses (PSYC 499, 503, 504) and volunteering. Many of our professors have received teaching awards, and the Psychology program has a reputation for teaching excellence. If you have questions about our undergraduate programs, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (psycugrd@ucalgary.ca).

Our graduate programs offer specializations in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Social and Theoretical Psychology. We also have a Clinical Psychology program that is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. Our graduate student funding is among the best in the country, with guaranteed levels of financial support (see the Graduate Program section of our website). We provide graduate students with excellent mentorship, professional development, and research support. Teaching assistantships are available, and senior PhD students can apply to teach an undergraduate course. Our graduate students are very successful winning national and provincial scholarships. Our professors commit a great deal of their time to graduate student supervision and research training, and this is the foundation of our program’s success. If you have questions about our graduate programs, contact the Director of Graduate Studies (psycgrad@ucalgary.ca).

Our department is one of the most research-intensive Psychology departments in the country. Our research activities are very diverse, and include research programs on children’s language and cognition, older adults’ driving abilities, cannabis use, depression and anxiety, pediatric concussion, personality assessment, eating behaviors, addictions, gambling, romantic relationships, leadership, and team work. In addition to our research with children and younger and older adults, the department supports a group neuroscience researchers who use animal models to study the neural basis of circadian rhythms, cortical development and neuroplasticity, and neural mechanisms of learning and motivation. There are currently 32 separate laboratories in our department (for a complete list of labs, see the Research section of our webpage).  The department’s research programs are supported by millions of dollars of external grant funding. One measure of our success and impact is the media attention our research attracts regularly. You can follow us on Facebook to learn about our media appearances, student success, and our latest publications.

Thank you for visiting our website. If you have any questions about our department, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Chris Sears, PhD
Professor and Department Head
Phone: (403) 220-2803
Email: sears@ucalgary.ca