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Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo


Founded in the early 1960s, the Department has grown to become one of the most esteemed Departments of Psychology in Canada.

Our faculty and our graduate program are internationally renowned.

Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo!

Who are we?  We are 41 exceptional professors dedicated to outstanding teaching, to world class research, and to high-quality research mentoring.  We are 118 terrific graduate students pursuing MA and PhD degrees while also serving as committed teaching assistants (TAs) in our undergraduate courses.  And we are an amazing staff devoted to all of our students, undergraduate and graduate. 

For those new to UW, on behalf of all of us in Psychology, don’t be a stranger—come and get to know us.  And for those of you returning, it’s great to have you back—come and renew acquaintances.  The beginning of a new academic year is always an exciting time but it can also be somewhat daunting.  If you need help, or if you just have a question, or even if you just want to connect with us, please come on by anytime.  You’ll find everyone in Psychology very approachable and ready to help you.

From all of us in Psychology, have a fun and fulfilling 2017-18 academic year!

All best

Colin MacLeod

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  1. Sep. 7, 2017Geoffrey T. Fong - Newly elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Head shot of Dr. Geoffrey Fong

    Geoffrey T. Fong is one of this year’s new Fellows!

    Geoffrey T. Fong from the Department of Psychology at University of Waterloo is one of the world’s leading global health researchers. Geoff created and leads an immense research program that is evaluating the population-level impact of tobacco control policies in over 25 countries, covering over two-thirds of the world’s tobacco users.

  2. Sep. 1, 2017Geoff Fong - 2017 CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award Winnerside view of Geoff Fong speaking

    CIHR INSTITUTE OF                                                                 

    Psychology's Geoff Fong, winner of second annual CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Awards

    Senior Career Category
    Geoffrey Fong
    Professor, University of Waterloo
    Senior Investigator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

  3. Aug. 10, 2017Spring 2017 Social Impact Fund, Psychology student Julia Hiscock received funding Six students winners huddled in yellow tshirts holding a large BEPurposeful sign

    From left to right, bottom row: Dhruv Guliani and Shahid Mawji. Top row: Elizabeth Stankiewicz, Bailee Walls-Guertin, Cassie Myers, Indi Madar, and Julia Hiscock.

    Social impact grants for GreenHouse innovators

    Six GreenHouse social ventures received a total of $13,000 at the latest Social Impact Showcase, which highlights the work of each term’s innovators.

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  1. Oct. 27, 2017Department of Psychology 2017-2018 Colloquium Series

    Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong

    University of Waterloo, Canada

    details will follow

  2. Dec. 8, 2017Department of Psychology 2017-2018 Colloquium Series

    Dr. Daniel Ansari  

    Western University, Canada

    details will follow


  3. Feb. 9, 2018Department of Psychology 2017-2018 Colloquium Series

    Dr. Dov Cohen

     University of Illinois, USA

    details will follow




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