Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo

Our faculty are internationally renowned and our graduate and undergraduate programs are consistently ranked among the top departments in Canada. Our department conducts high-impact research in each of the six major subdivisions of psychology listed below.

  1. Nov. 5, 2020UW Psychology Moves Up in World Rankings

    The Department of Psychology moved up Times Higher Education (THE) Reputation Rankings.  Psychology is currently ranked 78 in the world out of the aproximately 1,000 universities ranked in the survey.  Psychology becomes the first department in the Faculty of Arts at UW to crack the top 100 in their field.  You can read more about the rankings and how UW fared on the University's website.

  2. Sep. 29, 2020Psychology Alumnus elected to Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars

    Congratulations to Gordon Pennycook, who graduated with a PhD in Psychology from University of Waterloo in 2016 and who was recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars.  Dr. Pennycook who is an expert on reasoning and decision making, is Assistant Professor at University of Regina.  

  3. Sep. 28, 2020How COVID stress can turn to anger

    If you find yourself wanting to strangle people in the grocery store lately you are not alone!  Dr. Christine Purdon was interviewed by the Toronto Sun recently about how dealing with the stress of COVID can cause an increase in anger and what we can do to deal with those feelings.

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  1. Jan. 8, 2021PhD Oral Defense - Vincent Phan

    Vincent Phan's thesis is entitled: "Why do people (not) take breaks? An investigation of individuals’ reasons for taking and for not taking breaks at work."

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Waterloo PhD defenses are being held remotely and are only open to the committee members, candidate, and the candidate's invited guests.

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