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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.

Have you heard about the student portal

It’s a new, mobile-friendly communication tool that will deliver the UWaterloo information you need, just when you need it.

All Arts students (undergrad and graduate) can now access portal and the valuable information it offers, such as:

  • Class schedule / next class
  • Available study spaces on campus
  • Real-time GRT bus data
  • Reminders for important academic dates
  • plus much more customized content

Log into the student portal today and start using this important new tool.

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  1. June 23, 2017Turn off, space out, and give upHead shot of PhD candidate Brandon  Ralph

    People whose minds tend to wander are less likely to stick to their long-term goals, according to new research led by the University of Waterloo.

    The research found that those who could sustain focus in day-to-day life were more likely to report maintaining perseverance and passion in their long-term objectives.

    “Those who often can’t keep their minds on their tasks — such as thinking about weekend plans instead of listening to the lecturer in class — tend to have more fleeting aspirations,” said Brandon Ralph, the study’s lead author and a PhD candidate in psychology at Waterloo. “We’ve shown that maintaining concentration over hours and days predicts passion over longer periods.”

  2. June 22, 2017Psychology celebrates Canada's Birthday!cake decorated with strawberries to resemble canadian flag

    The Department of Psychology celebrates Canada's birthday and the summer solstice with the annual Psychology Pot Luck BBQ. 

  3. June 22, 2017AAPOR presented ITC with the 2017 Policy Impact Award Head shot of Dr. Geoffrey Fong speaking

    Three weeks ago, at its annual meeting in New Orleans, the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the world's leading organization in survey research and methods, presented its 2017 Policy Impact Award to the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC), headed by Geoff Fong and his team here in the Department of Psychology at University of Waterloo. 

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  1. July 11, 2017Psych Undergrad Pool PartyPhoto from last year's pool party

    You’re invited to the 3rd annual Psych Summer Pool Party!!! No, unfortunately we don’t have an actual full sized pool hidden in the depths of the PAS, but we will have water and non-water games, music, pizza, a “cold treat,” and lots of fun!

    The party will be on July 11th from 2:30-4 on the patio at the South entrance to the PAS (near the elevator).

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The Psychology Department is proud to be a part of the UWaterloo Green Office Initiative, and is now a Bronze Certified Green office!

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