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. June 8, 2022New study from I-O Professor James Beck and Grad Student Arden Flow, shows how having had COVID-19 may negatively impact your performance at work

    Beck and his graduate student, Arden Flow, collected data from a sample of 94 full-time working adults who either had or had not contracted COVID-19 at least one month prior to the study. Their study shows individuals who had contracted COVID-19 reported significantly more cognitive failures at work. “Relative to the group who had never had COVID-19, the group who had contracted COVID-19 reported more cognitive failures at work, which are defined as problems with memory, attention, and action,” Beck said.

  2. June 1, 2022A Trifecta of Arts Awards go to Psychology!!!!!

    This year, three members of the Department of Psychology have been recognized in ALL THREE of the UW Arts Awards categories:

    Katherine White is the recipient of the 2022 Arts Award for Excellence in Research. This award recognizes the quantity and quality of Katherine’s research contributions and the disciplinary/interdisciplinary impact of her work.

  3. May 2, 2022UW Psychology's Dr. Geoffrey Fong's research team publishes study suggesting more than a million smokers likely to quit after U.S bans menthol in cigarettes

    “Our study confirms that Canada’s menthol cigarette ban led to substantial public health benefits,” said Geoffrey T. Fong, professor of psychology and public health sciences at the University of Waterloo and lead author of the study. “Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in Canada, the United States, and globally. ” Fong is also senior investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and principal investigator of the ITC Project.

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  1. July 5, 2022PhD Oral Defence - Sarah Bacso

    Sarah Bacso's thesis is entitled: The Role of Executive Functions and Emotion Knowledge in Children’s Communication.”

    Attendance will be restricted to the candidate, the committee members, and the candidate's invited guests.

  2. July 7, 2022PhD Oral Defence - Taylor Hudd

    Taylor Hudd's thesis is entitled: Social Anxiety and the Nature and Function of Social Pain.”

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

  3. Aug. 10, 2022PhD Oral Defence - Ryan Yeung

    Ryan Yeung's thesis is entitled: The Persistence of Involuntary Memory: Analyzing Phenomenology, Links to Mental Health, and Content.”

    All are welcome to attend.

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