December 2, 2016

Johnathan Wilbiks from Mount Allison University will be hosting a colloquium talk at 3:00 pm in the K.C. Irving Centre auditorium. 


November 4, 2016

David Westwood from Dalhousie University will be hosting a colloquium talk in the K.C Irving Centre auditorium at 3:00pm on exercise and health. 


October 21, 2016

Derek Fisher from Mount Saint Vincent University will be hosting a colloquium talk on Friday, October 21 at 3:30 in the K.C. Irving Centre auditorium.

October 20, 2016

AUPA (Acadia University Psychology Association) is hosting our annual kick-off BBQ Thursday, October 20 from 4:30-6:00pm at the University Clubhouse (blue house behind Huggins)!

 Come on out and meet your fellow psychology classmates, faculty and staff! AUPA will be providing food and beverages (gluten & vegetarian options available) all at no cost to you!


April 12, 2016

The Psychology Department is proud to present our annual Honours Conference. Psychology Honours students will present their research in brief 10-12 minute talks. This is an excellent opportunity for any students considering doing honours in the future to get an idea of what honours projects are like.  Feel free to drop in to hear one or two talks, or stay for the whole session; all are welcome! KCIC Auditorium, 1:30 - 5:00 p.m..

April 1, 2016

Dr.Lana Trick (University of Guelph) will present a colloquium talk entitled, "Out of the laboratory and onto the highway": The multiple-object tracking task. 3:00 in the KCIC Auditorium.

March 22, 2016

Stacey Bradley (Acadia University) will present a colloquium talk entitled: "What do clinical psychologists actually do in private psychotherapy practice?"  An investigation into what is happening in private practice, and how to increase government funding to pay for psychotherapy treatment. 4:30 in the KCIC Auditorium.

March 11, 2016

Dr. Diane Holmberg (Acadia University) will present a colloquium entitled "I Think They Like You": Perceptions of Social Network Support for Same-Sex and Mixed-Sex Relationships. 3:00 - 4:00, KCIC Auditorium.

February 25, 2016

AUPA will be hosting a Psychology Banquet in Acadia’s McKeen Room.  The banquet will begin at 5:30PM, with appetizers being served at 6:00PM and dinner served at 6:30PM, followed by dessert. Throughout the night there will be entertainment, such as a public speaker discussing their experiences within the field of psychology, as well as some fun psychology trivia.  There will also be a photo booth happening throughout the night so all guests are encouraged to dress in formal attire! Tickets are $20, and will be sold in the lobby of Horton Hall starting Wednesday, February 3rd and ending Wednesday, February 10th between 11:30 and 1:30.   

February 11, 2016

Dr. Karen Blair (St. Francis Xavier University) will present a colloquium talk entitled “Persistent sexual prejudice: The role of narcissism, genderism and the personalization of prejudice in LGBTQ hate crimes”, 4:30-5:30 in the KCIC Auditorium. All are welcome!

January 22, 2016

David de Jong (University of Rochester), job candidate, will present a talk entitled “Under the Covers:  Desire and Relationship Maintenance Mechanisms”, 4:00-5:00 in the KCIC Auditorium.  All are welcome!

January 19, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Darlene Brodeur, who won the CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) Dedicated Service Award from the Acadia University Faculty Association.

January 18, 2016

Joseph Hayes (University of Waterloo), job candidate, will present a talk entitled “Fatalistic Withdrawal: New Insights into the Problem of Death”, 4:00-5:00 in the KCIC Auditorium.  All are welcome!  Also, AUPA will host a showing of the new Hollywood movie based on the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, at 6:30 in BAC 244.  Also, Dr. Christina Maslach, who was a graduate student at the time, and the one who actually encouraged Dr. Zimbardo to shut down the experiment after 6 days, will participate in a question and answer session via Skype after the movie!  AUPA will be selling tickets for a gift basket (1 for $2, 3 for $5), to raise money for the end-of-year banquet.

January 15, 2016

Miranda Giacomin (Wilfrid Laurier University), a job candidate for a tenure-track position in personality / social psychology, will present a talk entitled “The Wax and Wane of Narcissism: Investigating Grandiose Narcissism as a Personality State”, 4:00-5:00 in the KCIC Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend! 

December 3, 2015

AUPA will host an Honours Information session. If you are considering possibly pursuing an honours degree, come out to learn about the requirements, hear faculty members talk about their research, and ask any questions you might have.

November 26, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Randy Newman, who received a Teaching Award from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. Congratulations also to Heather Turner, our departmental administrative assistant who (along with other departmental admin assistants) won the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science Staff Award.  

November 16, 2015

AUPA Help Session for Introductory Psychology students

November 10, 2015

AUPA Help Session for Research Design and Analysis students

November 6, 2015

Second Open House day for high school students. Welcome!!

November 6, 2015

Colloquium talk: Dr. Marguerite Ternes (Saint Mary’s University), Characterizing Substance Using Offenders.

October 30, 2015

Colloquium talk: Dr. Will Shead (Mount Saint Vincent University), Chasing the Ace:  Gambling Now, Discounting the Future.

October 23, 2015

Open House Day for high school students.  Welcome to these potential future majors!

October 23, 2015

Department of Psychology Colloquium series: Dr. Bradley Bergey (Dalhousie University) will present on Identifying and overcoming learning difficulties: Applied research in post-secondary educational contexts. In the colloquium series, professors from Acadia and elsewhere are invited to present on their current research. It is an excellent way to learn about ongoing research. Everyone is welcome!

October 21, 2015

AUPA Help Session for Introductory Psychology Students.

October 1, 2015

AUPA will host a Help Session for Research Design and Analysis students.  Come talk to experienced students, to learn tips on how to succeed in this very important course!

September 22, 2015

AUPA Welcome BBQ. A welcome to the new academic year, for all psychology students (undergrad or grad) and faculty members. Come out to the University Club (the little blue house behind Huggins) for free hot dogs and hamburgers, and good conversation!

September 18, 2015

Acadia University Psychology Association (AUPA) will host a Help Session for Introductory Psychology students.  Come out to ask experienced students any questions you might have as to how to succeed in Introductory Psychology. 

September 1, 2015

New student orientation events. Welcome to all of our new majors!

June 25, 2014

Congratulations to Nikki Ali, who won the Beatrice Spence Ross Scholarship.  This scholarship is directed towards outstanding fourth year students in either Psychology or Sociology who have interests in the field of gerontology (i.e., working with elderly adults).  Nikki's honours thesis, examining whether and how communication between formal and informal care providers might impact home care for seniors, was deemed very relevant and worthy by the scholarship committee.  Nikki also received summer funding for her thesis from a donor with interests in this area of research.

May 26, 2014

Congratulations to Patrick Bazinet, who won the Gerald Gordon Memorial Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement in Psychology from the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.  Outstanding work, Patrick!  We are pleased that Patrick will be staying with us to pursue his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology.

May 11 & 12, 2014

Congratulations to all our 2014 Psychology graduates.  We are very proud of you!  In particular, congratulations to Patrick Bazinet, who won the Hayward Medal for highest overall GPA in Arts (next to the Governor General's Award Winner), and to Emily Gray, who won the University Medal in Psychology.  Congratulations also to Drs. Horvath and McLeod, who were honoured with professor emeritus status.  Best of luck to all our graduates in the future!

April 8, 2014

Join us for the 20th Annual Psychology Honours Thesis Conference, in which this year’s 17 honours students will give brief presentations on their research projects.  This event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. , in the KCIC Auditorium.  Feel free to stop in and catch some sessions, particularly if you are considering pursuing an honours degree.  It will provide an excellent opportunity to see what the process is all about! The conference schedule can be found here.

April 3, 2014

Congratulations to Kevin Camp, Laura Cooper, Emily Gaunce, Sara Hicks, Belle Lapp, Kristine Lovatt, Marissa West, and Laura Zentner, who each won an Honours Summer Research Award from Acadia to support their honours work over the summer.  Congratulations as well to Katelyn Mansfield, who won an Undergraduate Student Research Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to support her research.

April 2, 2014

Congratulations to the Mental Health Society, which won the Club of the Year Award at the ASU Leadership Awards.  This society, largely composed of psychology majors, has been working hard this year to raise awareness around mental health issues on campus, and work towards solutions.  They have been doing such an amazing job that they have now been named an Internal Organization of the ASU, which means more funding, office space, support, etc.  Congratulations to the executive members, Amber Corkum, Emily Gray, Sara Ghandeharian, and Katie West.  Special congratulations to Emily Gray, who also won the ASU Leadership Award for her work on this committee.

April 2, 2014

Congratulations to Heather Turner, the Psychology Department’s Administrative Secretary, who won the first Bob Stead Memorial Award at the ASU Leadership Awards.  This award is presented to a staff member who goes above and beyond in contributing to a positive student experience at Acadia.  I think we will all agree that Heather is VERY deserving of this award, as attested by the close to 100 messages of support they received for her nomination!  Heather received a standing ovation at the awards ceremony.  Congratulations!  Heather will be retiring on May 30, 2014.

April 1, 2014

Congratulations to Kathleen Smith and Hillary Jones, graduate students in Psychology, who each won a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  Congratulations also to Natasa Mitrovic, a current research assistant in the department and incoming graduate student, who won a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Canadian Institute for Health Research.

March 31, 2014

Congratulations to Alex Anderson and Stephanie Gumuchian for winning awards for the Most Interesting Presentations at Crossroads Interdiscliplinary Health Research Conference at Dalhousie University.

March 31, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Potter, who received a very well-deserved promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.

March 27, 2014

Congratulations to third-year Psychology major Nikki Ali, who was a co-winner of an award by the Women and Gender’s Studies program and the Canadian Federation of University Women, for a student paper or project that is related in some way to women’s issues.  Nikki was nominated and won for a content analysis project she did as part of her course requirements in Psyc 3363, Advanced Social Psychology, on trends in mentions of alcohol and sex in popular music lyrics over time.

March 19, 2014

Congratulations to third-year Psychology major Liam Heelis, who was the 2014 recipient of the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan trophy.  This trophy is awarded to the most valuable player in university-level hockey in all of Canada.  Liam was also named to the first all-Canadian team.  For more information, see:

March 17, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Randy Lynn Newman, who has received funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust to establish a state-of-the-art laboratory facility that will combine eye-tracking and measurement of event-related potentials (brain signals) to better understand reading and language processing.  This laboratory will enhance the measures available for student research.  For more information, see:

March 10, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Horvath, who was granted the title of professor emeritus by Acadia’s Senate today.  This distinction is given to retiring professors who have contributed substantially to Acadia and to their discipline over their career.  Dr. Horvath is richly deserving of this honour.  He will be retiring from Acadia on June 30, 2014, after 35 years of dedicated service to the Psychology Department.  He will be missed!