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 inCanada. Our department conducts high-impact research in each of the six major subdivisions of psychology listed below. 


  1. Aug. 8, 2022Congratulations CPA and CSBBCS Student Presentation Winners!

    Congratulations to Sophia Tran, Alyssa Smith, and Megan Kelly, who recently received awards for their presentations at CPA and CSBBCS!

    Sophia Tran won the Peter Graf Award for Excellence in Brain and Cognitive Science Research for her talk entitled “Drawing Compared to Writing in a Diary Enhances Recall of Autobiographical Memories” at CPA in Calgary this June.

  2. July 26, 2022Dr. Daniela O'Neill was featured in The Record for promoting learning by reimagining playgrounds in the region

    As a part of O’Neill’s seminar in a developmental psychology course, students worked on proposals for three different parks in the region that would allow students of all socio-economic statuses to take part in “playful learning” — using play to build skills.

    Click here for the full article. 

  3. July 25, 2022Waterloo Psychology ranks Top 5 in Canada

    University of Waterloo Psychology ranked 5th in Canada and is in the top 100 Psychology Departments in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)! This is once again a huge achievement and a wonderful testament to our world-class faculty and students... Have a scroll through here.

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  1. Aug. 16, 2022PhD Oral Defence - Christopher Lok

    Christopher Lok's thesis is entitled: Lay Theories and Self-Perceptions of Maturity in Young Adulthood.”

    All are welcome to attend.

  2. Aug. 19, 2022PhD Oral Defence - Midori Nishioka

    Midori Nishioka's thesis is entitled: When our co-workers share their unfair experiences, do we believe them? Perceptions of workplace fairness are negatively related to perceived credibility of coworkers’ claims of injustice.”

    This defence is being held remotely and is only open to the committee members, candidate, and the candidate's invited guests.

  3. Sep. 6, 2022PhD Oral Defence – Siobhan Sutherland

    Siobhan Sutherland’s thesis is entitled: “The interpersonal context of desire: Exploring associations between sexual desire, relationship satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction in romantic relationships”

    This defence is being held remotely and is only open to the committee members, candidate, and the candidate's invited guests.

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