Research excellence

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Faculty and students

The Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo has a 50-year history of research excellence. The founding 6 members of the department were among the top new academics in their areas and they established innovative programs of research that quickly put the department on the international map. Their enduring legacy is a department now comprised of 42 full-time faculty and over 100 graduate students who collectively conduct thriving programs of research in the areas of clinical, cognitive, cognitive neuroscience, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology. The faculty members attract more than $3.5 million annually in research funding from 19 different funding agencies and all graduate students are funded, either internally or by external agencies. 

Facilities and equipment

The Department of Psychology houses state-of-the-art research facilities, including high-tech equipment (e.g., ERP, virtual reality, digital video recording and streaming, psychophysiological measurement, eye movement recording, access to an MRI) and labs that are specially equipped for studying behaviours of particular interest (e.g., gambling machines to study gambling behaviour, a kitchenette to study persistent washing and checking behaviours, infant and child playrooms to study cognitive and social development).