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Psychology Faculty 


Linda Allan / Jan Cioe / Paul Davies / Paul Gabias / Liane Gabora / Linda Hatt / Mark Holder / Susan Holtzman / Shirley Hutchinson / / Marvin Krank Maya Libben / Lesley Lutes / Cynthia Mathieson / Harry Miller / Brian O'Connor / Stephen Porter / Barbara Rutherford / Carolyn Szostak / Zach Walsh / Susan J. WellsDerrick Wirtz / Michael Woodworth


Faculty

LINDA ALLAN
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

linda.allan@ubc.ca
ART 328
250.807.8729

Linda AllanBA McMaster University
MA University of Guelph

RESEARCH: Ageist attitudes and beliefs in different populations; the mitigation of ageist attitudes and behaviour; ageist treatment of the elderly; cognitive ageing; a cross sectional comparison of adults’ and university undergraduates’ attitudes and knowledge about elderly persons. 

TEACHING: Human development from a lifespan perspective including child, adolescence, adulthood and aging. 

JAN CIOE
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

Undergraduate Program Advisor

Registered Psychologist # 505

WEBSITE

jan.cioe@ubc.ca
ASC 285
250.807.8732

jan cioePhD University of Western Ontario
MPhil University of Cambridge

RESEARCH: Human sexuality; forensic psychology; recovery of function from cortical lesions. 

TEACHING: Research methods and statistics; forensic psychology; human sexuality. 

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Cioe is not taking new graduate students for September 2018.

PAUL DAVIES
Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

Department Head

RESEARCH WEBSITE

paul.g.davies@ubc.ca
ART 322

Paul DaviesPhD University of Waterloo
Postdoctoral Fellowship Stanford University

RESEARCH: Intergroup relations; specifically, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. One program of research examines diverse forms of social identity threat, and a second examines how perceived stereotypicality can influence the levels of prejudice and discrimination that target stigmatized individuals. The majority of my research is applied to business and law enforcement contexts.

TEACHING: Introductory psychology; social psychology; intergroup relations. 

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Davies is not taking new graduate students for September 2018.

PAUL GABIAS
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

Equity Representative for Psychology, Equity and Inclusion Office

WEBSITE

paul.gabias@ubc.ca
ART 228
250.807.9383

Paul GabiasBA Concordia University
PhD New York University
Latín Legum Doctor University of Victoria

RESEARCH: Interface between visual and haptic perception; the comprehension and production of haptic pictures by the blind; health and adjustment; perceptual, cognitive, and social aspects of blindness.

TEACHING: Introductory psychology; visual perception; non-visual perception; psychology of touch; evolutionary psychology of aggression and the blind movement.

LIANE GABORA
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

WEBSITE

liane.gabora@ubc.ca
FIP 235
250.807.9849

Liane Gabora2BSc University of Western Ontario
PhD Free University of Brussels

RESEARCH: Creativity; concepts, especially how they combine and adapt to new contexts; origins of modern cognition; cultural evolution; computer models of the above. 

TEACHING: Psychology of creativity and humour; evolution of human cognition. 

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Gabora is available to supervise a clinical or psychological science student for September 2018.

LINDA HATT
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

linda.hatt@ubc.ca
ART 332
250.807.9323

Dr. Linda HattBSc University of Oklahoma
PhD University of Alberta

RESEARCH: Health psychology; pain management; experimental analysis of behavior. 

TEACHING: Health psychology; personality. 

MARK HOLDER
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

WEBSITE

mark.holder@ubc.ca
ART 320
250.807.8728

Mark Holder 3BA Simon Fraser University
PhD University of California, Berkeley

RESEARCH: Positive psychology and the science of happiness; research has four main thrusts: 1) the predictors (e.g., temperament, spirituality, and social) of happiness in children; 2) strategies and programs to promote well-being; 3) the biological basis of happiness; and 4) developing new measures of happiness.

TEACHING: Introductory psychology; behavioral neuroscience. 

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Holder is available to supervise a psychological science student for September 2018.

SUSAN HOLTZMAN
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

Registered Psychologist # 2006

  RESEARCH WEBSITE

susan.holtzman@ubc.ca
ASC 283
250.807.8730

Susan Holtzman UBCO IO MA University of British Columbia
PhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Health psychology; adjustment to chronic illness; stress and coping; close relationships; caregiving; depression; chronic pain; organ transplantation; daily process methodologies; pathways through which the social environment can influence physical and emotional well-being in healthy and chronically ill populations.

TEACHING: Introduction to psychology; health psychology.

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Holtzman is available to supervise a clinical or psychological science student for September 2018.

MARVIN KRANK
Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

marvin.krank@ubc.ca
ART 334
250.807.8773

Dr. Marvin Krank BA Indiana University
PhD McMaster University

RESEARCH: Development of substance abuse in adolescence; vulnerabilities related to social learning; cognitive models that differentiate implicit (unconscious) from explicit memories; the relative role of automatic associations versus executive control; social experiences, dispositions, memories, and thoughts that predict transitions to substance use and to substance abuse.

TEACHING: Learning; psychometrics & test evaluation; addiction; questionnaire development.

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Krank is available to supervise a clinical or psychological science student for September 2018.

MAYA LIBBEN
Assistant Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

Registered Psychologist # 2167

maya.libben@ubc.ca
ASC 284
250.807.9026

Maya LibbenPhD McGill University
Postdoctoral Fellowship Harvard Medical School

RESEARCH: Cognitive neuroscience; psychopathology; schizophrenia; psycholinguistics; bilingualism; transitive inference; figurative language processing; eating disorders; uses behavioural and neurophysiological methods to examine language, attention and memory in clinical and non-clinical populations.

TEACHING: Introductory psychology; psychopathology.

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Libben is not taking new graduate students for September 2018.

LESLEY LUTES
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

Director of Clinical Training
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Registered Psychologist # 2205

WEBSITE

lesley.lutes@ubc.ca
ASC 203
250.807.8128

Lesley Lutes2PhD Virginia Tech
Predoctoral Internship University of Florida

RESEARCH: Obesity intervention and prevention; developing alternatives to standard clinical treatments for obesity and associated health conditions; examining theoretically-based alternative treatment approaches in different populations; utilizing different treatment modalities and technologies; and examining alternative interventionist models for treatment delivery.

TEACHING: Health psychology; health behaviour change; weight management; treatment for people with obesity and diabetes; innovative clinical treatments, including interventionist and modalities to help treat individuals with obesity and associated health conditions.

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Lutes is available to supervise a clinical student for 2018.

CYNTHIA MATHIESON
Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, Okanagan campus

cynthia.mathieson@ubc.ca
ADM 119B
250.807.8139

Cynthia MathiesonMA Northern Arizona University
MSc & PhD University of Calgary

RESEARCH: Identity theory; narrative and thematic analyses; health psychology; women's health; provide an understanding of identity and its narrative as well as the barriers to health care.

TEACHING: Community psychology; history of psychology; health psychology.

HARRY MILLER
Clinical Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY
Clinical Psychologist, Interior Health

Registered Psychologist #1205

dr.harry.miller@interiorhealth.ca
RHS 210
250.807.9860

Harry Miller2 BSc University of Alberta
PhD Ohio State University

RESEARCH: Assessment of memory with traumatic brain injury; peripheral vascular disease and cognition; emotional function post stroke; effects of alcohol use on recovery from brain injury.

TEACHING: Neuroscience of Cognition; Course Director for DPAS (Doctor, Patient, and Society), Southern Medical Program.

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Miller is not taking new graduate students for September 2018.

BRIAN O'CONNOR
Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

WEBSITE

brian.oconnor@ubc.ca
ART 330
250.807.9636

Brian O'ConnorBSc St. Francis Xavier University
MSc & PhD University of Victoria

RESEARCH: Statistics; normal and abnormal personality; interpersonal behaviour; psychopathology; software for statistical procedures.

TEACHING: Advanced statistics; research methods; interpersonal behaviour & psychopathology.

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. O’Connor is available to supervise a psychological science student for September 2018.

 

STEPHEN PORTER
Professor, PSYCHOLOGY
Co-Director, Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law

Registered Psychologist # 1972

WEBSITE

stephen.porter@ubc.ca
ASC 204
250.807.9129

Stephen Porter2BSc Acadia University
PhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Psychology and law; legal decision-making; forensic aspects of memory/PTSD; deception detection; criminal behaviour; psychopathic personality; examines the criminal activity of psychopathic offenders, the accuracy of memory for traumatic events and behavioural cues to deception.

TEACHING: Forensic psychology; psychopathy; violence; personality theory.

BARBARA RUTHERFORD
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

Undergraduate Program Advisor

WEBSITE

barbara.rutherford@ubc.ca
ART 318
250.807.8734

Barb RutherfordMSc University of Alberta
PhD University of Auckland

RESEARCH: Communication between the hemispheres of the brain during reading in people with and without a reading disability such as dyslexia; developmental trends in hemispheric specialization for reading.

TEACHING: Memory; cognitive processes.

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Rutherford is available to supervise a psychological science student for September 2018.

CAROLYN SZOSTAK 
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

carolyn.szostak@ubc.ca
ART 324
250.807.8736

Dr. Carolyn SzostakMA Carleton University
PhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Rural mental health; barriers to accessing mental health services by adults 50 years and older in rural communities; media and mental health-related stigma; the role of media in combating stigmatizing attitudes about mental health disorders and suicide.

TEACHING: Mental health disorders; pop culture and mental health; use of psychological tests & assessments.

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Szostak is available to supervise a clinical or psychological science student for September 2018.

ZACH WALSH
Associate Professor, PSYCHOLOGY
Co-Director, Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law

Registered Psychologist # 2011

WEBSITE

zachary.walsh@ubc.ca
ASC 206
250.807.9373 

Zach Walsh2PhD Chicago Medical School/R.F.U.M.S
Postdoctoral Fellowship Brown University

RESEARCH: Cannabis use - medical and non-medical, substance use, hallucinogens, harm reduction, personality disorder, partner violence, aggression, third-stream/mindfulness behavior therapies, drug policy. 

TEACHING: Drugs and behavior; psychotherapy.

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Walsh is available to supervise a clinical student for September 2018.

SUSAN J. WELLS
Professor, PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK
Director, Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families

WEBSITE

susan.wells@ubc.ca
ASC 453
250.807.8163

Susan J. WellsPhD University of Southern California
Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

RESEARCH: Investigates the possible causes of overrepresentation of African American children in the United States’ out-of-home care; re-entry into out-of-home care after reunification with family; stability of out-of-home care placements; explores child welfare case types to identify characteristics that more closely represent the complexity of cases seen in the field.

TEACHING: Child welfare services and policy; program evaluation; research methods.

PUBLICATIONS

DERRICK WIRTZ
Senior Instructor, PSYCHOLOGY

Director of Psychological Science and Graduate Program Advisor

WEBSITE

derrick.wirtz@ubc.ca
ART 336
250.807.8276

Derrick Wirtz 2MA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

RESEARCH: Subjective well-being; happiness; the good life; cultural psychology; flourishing & thriving; positive emotions; everyday beliefs, judgments and choices; pedagogical innovation in the teaching of psychology.

TEACHING: Introduction to psychology; research methods.

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Wirtz is not taking new graduate students for 2018.

MICHAEL WOODWORTH
  Professor, PSYCHOLOGY

Registered Psychologist # 1765

Co-Director, Center for the Advancement of Psychological Science and the Law

WEBSITE

michael.woodworth@ubc.ca
ASC 205
250.807.8731

Dr. Michael WoodworthBA University of Victoria
PhD Dalhousie University

RESEARCH: Psychopathy; violent offending; deception detection; computer-mediated communication; assessment and treatment of forensic populations; memory and psychiatric issues primarily within a legal context.

TEACHING: Psychopathy; criminal behaviour; deception detection.

PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION AVAILABILITY: Dr. Woodworth is available to supervise a clinical or psychological science student for September 2018.

Adjunct Faculty

STEVE SIGMOND
Clinical Psychologist
Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services

Registered Psychologist #432

No Photo AvailableMA State University of New York

AREAS OF INTEREST: Youths who commit violent and/or sexual offences; cognitive distortions and thinking errors in youths who commit violent and\or sexual offences; tolerance for law violations and its possible connection to a sense of alienation in youths who commit criminal offenses; psychopathic characteristics in adolescent offenders.

TEACHING: Psychological assessment and treatment of youth forensic populations; managing aggression and violence in susceptible client populations.

ALISON SPADAFORA
Clinical Psychologist
Interior Health

Registered Psychologist #1963

alison.spadafora@interiorhealth.ca

Alison Spadafora2PhD University of Windsor

AREAS OF INTEREST: Child and adolescent development; developmental psychopathology; psychological assessment; resiliency, wellness, and positive psychology; psychotherapy with children and adolescents.

TEACHING: Adolescent mental health, psychological assessment

JOCELYN WENTLAND
Research Associate
The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada

WEBSITE

jocelyn.wentland@ubc.ca
ART 323

Jocelyn WentlandBA University of British Columbia
MSc University of Guelph
PhD University of Ottawa

AREAS OF INTEREST: Relationship initiation, technology and modern dating; casual sexual relationships; female sexuality; erotic photography.

TEACHING: Interpersonal relationships, adolescence, human sexual behaviour, introductory psychology, social psychology.

CHRISTOPHER WILSON
Clinical Psychologist
Interior Health

Registered Psychologist #1181

christopher.wilson@interiorhealth.ca

 

Christopher Wilson headshotBA Rhodes University, South Africa
PhD University of Alberta

AREAS OF INTEREST: Community mental health; individual and group cognitive behavioural therapy; dialectical behaviour therapy and borderline personality disorder; assessment of cognitive, emotional, and personality function.

TEACHING: Psychological Assessment

Sessional/Term Instructors

SHIRLEY HUTCHINSON
Term Lecturer,
PSYCHOLOGY

shirley.hutchinson@ubc.ca
ART 319
250.807.8413

 

 

Shirley HutchinsonBSc (Honours) University of British Columbia
MA University of British Columbia
PhD University of British Columbia

AREAS OF INTERESTErrors in eyewitness identifications; stereotypes, prejudice, & discrimination; stereotype threat; terror management theory; group dynamics; intergroup relations.

TEACHING: Introduction to psychology; child development; adult development and aging; special topics: psychology of motivation; special topics: anxiety, fear, and uncertainty in intergroup relations.

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