Ian Newby-Clark

Chair, Psychology
Applied Social Psychology
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My Research

In the Flow of Consciousness Lab (FoCL), my students and I are endeavouring to measure aspects of everyday thought, including the nature and frequency of off-task thought. Our lab follows open science practices (https://osf.io/) and I am a signatory of the Openness Initiative (https://opennessinitiative.org/). I approach my work as a Descriptive Psychologist (http://www.sdp.org/).


I am privileged to serve as  Chair of the Department of Psychology.

For many years, I have been involved in governance, primarily through Senate. Currently, I serve as Chair of the Senate Committee on Quality Assurance. Previously, I served as Chair of the Board of Undergraduate Studies, Chair of Governance Review, Chair of Bylaws and Membership (twice), Chair of Senate Priorities and Planning, Chair of Quality Assurance, and as a member of the Board of Graduate Studies, and Indigenous Initiatives (Governance). I was also Chair of the Research Ethics Board, and I served two years as Director of the First Year Seminars Program.


BSc (1993), Psychology Specialist, University of Toronto

PhD (1999), Social Psychology, University of Waterloo

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (1999 to 2000), Cornell Univeristy

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

* = Student author

Senn, C. Y., Barata, P., Eliasziw, M., Hoben, K. L., Radtke, H. L., Thurston, W. E., & Newby-Clark, I. R. (2022). Sexual assault resistance education’s benefits for survivors of attempted and completed rape. Women & Therapy, 45, 41-67. DOI: 10.1080/02703149.2021.1971425

Vaswani, M., Esses, V. M., Newby-Clark, I. R., & Giguère, B. (2022). Cultural differences in fear of negative evaluation after social norm transgressions and the impact on mental health. Frontiers in psychology, 13, e804841-e804841.

*Genik, L. M., Aerts, E. L., Barata, P. C., Barney, C. C., Lewis, S. P., Newby-Clark, I., & McMurtry, C. M. (2021). A randomized controlled trial evaluating a pain assessment and management program for respite workers supporting children with disabilities part one: pain-related knowledge and perceptions. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 126(4), 271-288.

*Redden, E. K., Bailey, H. N., Katan, A., *Kondo, D., Czosniak, R., Upfold, C., & Newby-Clark, I. R. (2021). Evidence for self-compassionate talk: What do people actually say? Current Psychology, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-020-01339-2

*Vaswani, M., Safdar, S., Newby-Clark, I. R., & Giguère, B. (2021). Canadian identity attenuates the negative impact of familial rejection on psychological distress. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 81, 142-153.

Radtke, H. L., Barata, P. C., Senn, C. Y., Thurston, W. E., Hobden, K. L., Newby-Clark, I. R., & Eliasziw, M. (2020). Countering rape culture with resistance education. Violence interrupted: Confronting sexual violence on university campuses, 349-370.

Senn, C. Y., Eliasziw, M., Hoben, K. L., Barata, P., Radtke, H. L., Thurston, W. E., & Newby-Clark, I. R. (2020). Testing a model of how a sexual assault resistance program for women reduces sexual assaults. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 45, 20-36. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684320962561

McGregor, I., Newby-Clark, I. R., & Zanna, M. P. (2019). Dissonance now: How accessible discrepancies moderate distress and diverse defenses. In E. Harmon-Jones (Ed.), Cognitive dissonance: Reexamining a pivotal theory in psychology (pp. 117–138). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000135-006

Newby-Clark, I. R., & *Thavendran, K. (2018). To daydream is to imagine events: Conceptual, theoretical, and empirical considerations. Theory and Psychology, 28, 261-268. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354317752270

*MacDonald, K., Newby-Clark, I. R., *Walker, J., & *Henselwood, K. (2018). It's written all over your face: Socially rejected people display microexpressions that are detectable after training in the Micro Expression Training Tool (METT). European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, O175-O181. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2301

Senn, C. Y. Eliasziw, M., Hobden, K. L., Newby-Clark, I. R., Barata, P. C., Radtke, L., & Thurston, W. E. (2017). Secondary and 2-year outcomes of a sexual assault resistance program for university women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41, 147-162.