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Chair - Michael L. Matthews (526 MacKinnon, Ext. 2161) (E-mail:
Graduate co-ordinator - Joanna Boehnert (542 MacKinnon, Ext. 3517) (E-mail:
Graduate secretary - Kathryn Selves (529 MacKinnon, Ext. 3508) (E-mail:

Roderick W. Barron BA Occidental, MA, PhD Ohio State - Professor
Joanna B. Boehnert BA Lake Erie, MA Iowa, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
Steven F. Cronshaw BA, BComm Saskatchewan, MA, PhD Akron - Associate Professor
Ernest C. Dalrymple-Alford BSc, PhD London - Professor
Hank Davis BA Columbia, MA Boston, PhD Maryland - Professor
Serge Desmarais BA, MA PhD Waterloo - Assistant Professor
Brian M. Earn BA Manitoba, MA, PhD Toronto - Professor
Mary Ann Evans BA Toronto, MA, PhD Waterloo - Professor
Gary H. Frankie BA, MA, PhD Wisconsin - Associate Professor
Benjamin H. Gottlieb AB, MSW, PhD Michigan - Professor
Thomas F. Herrmann BS State U. of New York, PhD Tennessee - Associate Professor
Loraleigh Keashly BA Calgary, MA New Brunswick, PhD Saskatchewan - Associate Professor
E. Kevin Kelloway BSc Dalhousie, MSc Saint Mary's, PhD Queen's - Professor
Mary M. Konstantareas BA, MA, PhD Toronto - Professor
Karen S. Korabik AB, MS, PhD Saint Louis - Associate Professor
Peter K. Leppmann BA, PhD Houston - Associate Professor
Ian R. Lubek BA Toronto, PhD State U. of New York - Professor
Harvey H.C. Marmurek BA Toronto, MA, PhD Ohio State - Professor
Michael L. Matthews BA, PhD Nottingham - Professor
Barbara A. Morrongiello BA Douglass College (Rutgers), MS, PhD Massachusetts - Professor
James L. Mottin BS Kansas State, MA, PhD York - Associate Professor
Michael H. Peters BSc Alberta, MSc Calgary, PhD Western Ontario - Professor
David J. Piggins MA Waterloo, FSMC (Optom) Northampton Coll. Adv. Technol. - Associate Professor
Bruce A. Ryan BA, MEd, PhD Alberta - Associate Professor
Michael P. Sobol BA Toronto, PhD State U. of New York - Professor
Andrew S. Winston BA Northwestern, MA, PhD Illinois - Professor
Linda A. Wood BA Toronto, MA Michigan, PhD York - Professor
A. Daniel Yarmey BA, MA, PhD Western Ontario - Professor

From the Department of Family Studies:
Leon Kuczynski BSc, MA, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
Susan P. Lollis BSc, MSc California, PhD Waterloo - Associate Professor

Associated Graduate Faculty
John D. Hundleby MA Edinburgh, PhD Pennsylvania State - Professor Emeritus

Graduate Practicum Supervisors
P. Birch MA Waterloo - Waterloo County Board of Education
M. Bountrogianni EdD OISE - Board of Education for the City of Hamilton
C. Cunningham PhD American University - Chedoke McMaster Hospital, Hamilton
J. Dudeck PhD George Peabody - Waterloo County Board of Education
R. Ellis PhD Waterloo - Saville & Holdsworth Ltd.
E. Gross MSc Adelphi - Marital and Family Therapy Centre, University of Guelph
A. Lees MA Guelph - Children's Assessment & Treatment Centre, Burlington
J. Marshall PhD Case Western - Children's assessment & Treatment Centre, Burlington
N. Montgomery MA Western - Halton Board of Education
M. Vargo PhD Minnesota - Children's Hospital of Western Ontario
L. Wells PhD OISE - Wellington County Board of Education

The Department of Psychology offers graduate programs leading to a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in the areas of applied developmental/social (AD/S) and industrial/ organizational (I/O) psychology and a master of arts (MA) in AD/S, I/O and general experimental psychology. Historically the bulk of admissions are to the applied programs. The MA program in the applied areas is primarily intended for students who wish to pursue doctoral studies. Typically students wishing to enter the PhD program are admitted first to the MA program for predoctoral studies and are admitted to the doctoral program contingent on performance in the MA program.

   The MA program in applied developmental/social psychology provides training in both research and professional skills, as well as a firm grounding in theory and research findings in relevant content areas. Students specialize in either applied developmental or applied social psychology to gain a strong background for doctoral studies. The program also prepares students to work in a variety of settings employing researchers and mental-health professionals.
   The MA program in industrial/organizational psychology deals with both theory and practice of I/O psychology. Students are educated and trained primarily to assume positions in personnel and applied research positions within Canadian organizations or to seek admission to doctoral programs in I/O psychology. Areas covered include personnel selection, performance appraisal, work attitudes, organizational development, personnel training, organizational psychology, and human factors.
   The department also offers a terminal MA in general experimental psychology which is structured to the needs of interested students. The major areas of specialization are perception and cognition and biological psychology. The primary aim of this program is the development of competence in conducting and evaluating psychological research. Typically, students in the program follow an apprenticeship model and work closely with their adviser in his/her specific research area.

Admission Requirements
   Consideration for admission to the MA program will be given to students with an honours BA in psychology or its equivalent and a minimum of a 'B+' standing. Students are normally expected to have taken courses across the breadth of psychology with some courses in the area to which they are applying. A strong background in methodology and statistics is expected. As well, applicants must have undertaken an honours thesis or senior research equivalent.

Degree Requirements
Applied Developmental/Social.
   For students specializing in the applied developmental stream, the degree requirements include satisfactory completion of seven prescribed courses, statistics (8006060), a practicum, an ethics course and a thesis. For students specializing in the applied social stream, five prescribed courses, statistics (8006060), research methods (8006670), a practicum, and a thesis must be satisfactorily completed. Both streams of study normally require six semesters of full-time study.

   The degree requirements for an MA in the industrial/organizational stream include satisfactory completion of statistics (8006060 and 8006380), research methods (8006670), seven content courses, a practicum and a thesis or research project. The duration is normally six semesters.

General Experimental.
   The degree requirements for the general experimental stream are normally completed in three semesters of full-time study. These requirements include submission of a satisfactory thesis and satisfactory completion of statistics (8006060), one course each in the areas of perception and cognition, and biological psychology, and one other elective in the adviser's specialty area.

   The Department of Psychology offers a PhD in applied developmental/social psychology and in industrial/organizational psychology. In both fields, the program follows a scientist-practitioner model in educating students.
   The objective of the applied developmental/social psychology field is to combine the unique but complementary disciplines of social and developmental psychology within an applied perspective. Students entering the field specialize in one of two streams - either applied developmental or applied social psychology - but take joint courses as well as selected courses from the other stream to encourage the integration of theory, research and methods from both areas of psychology and their application to issues facing children, families, institutions and communities.
   The course of studies prepares graduates for teaching, research, policy analysis, and intervention and consulting roles in mental-health centres, hospitals, schools, social-planning councils and government agencies. Graduates are also eligible for registration as a psychologist with provincial licensing boards. The applied developmental emphasis differs from traditional clinical programs in a number of ways. First, there is an emphasis on normative aspects of development, as opposed to psychopathology. Second, the program focuses on risk and protective factors among children, youth, and adults in varied social environments. Finally, research is geared toward programs, policies and practices affecting the well being of children and families. Potential areas for dissertation research include aspects of normative and atypical cognitive, social and personality development, influences of family system variables, social support and health, psychology of law, conflict resolution, educational issues, and social interaction.
   The department also offers a PhD in industrial/ organizational psychology. The objective of the course of studies is to educate and train students through a scientist-practitioner model to a high level of proficiency in the core areas of industrial/organizational psychology, such as personnel selection, organizational theory/development and measurement of individual differences, following the guidelines of Division 14 (Industrial/Organizational) of the American Psychological Association. Graduates may seek positions in a wide range of private and public sector organizations, including universities, consulting firms, industries and government agencies.

Admission Requirements
   Students must have completed MA requirements in the appropriate field (applied developmental, applied social or industrial/organizational) with a minimum 'A-' standing to be eligible for admission to the PhD program. These MA requirements are normally met within the department in a two-year course of studies comprising specified coursework and a thesis.

Degree Requirements
Applied Developmental/Social Psychology
   Students enrolled in each stream in their MA and PhD years will complete required courses emphasizing the research literatures of the respective area (applied social or applied developmental); research methods including experimental, quasi-experimental, qualitative and multivariate analyses; history and philosophy of psychology as a science; and social-policy issues affecting children, families and special- needs groups within communities. They will also complete courses focused on ethics, and professional skills in assessment, intervention and/or program evaluation. Students also complete a minimum of 600 and 400 hours of supervised practica in the applied developmental and applied social streams respectively.
   Students who enter the program with an honours BA degree will satisfy the course and thesis requirements for the MA degree during the first two years of the program, and typically take three more years to complete coursework, qualifying examinations and a dissertation for the PhD degree.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology
   The degree requirements for the PhD in I/O psychology include academic preparation in 15 content areas of I/O psychology, and satisfactory completion of both qualifying exams and dissertation research. Normally, students will have completed academic preparation in 10 content areas at the MA level. Typically, all degree requirements are completed within three years (nine semesters) of obtaining the MA degree.

General Admission Requirements for All Programs
   To apply for admission, applicants should write to the Graduate Secretary, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, requesting an application package. This package includes an application form, departmental questionnaire, transcript and letter of recommendation forms. These along with the application fee (made payable to the University of Guelph) should be returned to the Department before January 21. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the verbal, quantitative, analytical, and advanced psychology are also required by the department. Applicants should request their scores be sent directly to the department by the January 21st deadline. For any additional information, contact the graduate secretary, Department of Psychology.
   NOTE: Students interested in the general experimental program should contact the area representative (available from the graduate secretary) before sending in their application form.

Departmental Core Courses
8006060 Research Design and Statistics (0.5)
This course covers non-parametric and parametric hypothesis testing and estimation, analysis of variance and covariance, and multiple correlation and multiple regression. Current controversial issues are presented.
8006190 Research Project (1.0)
This course is an option for students in the applied streams of MA studies who do not plan on proceeding to a PhD program. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will design and conduct an empirical investigation in their area of emphasis.
8006380 Psychological Applications of Multivariate Analysis (0.5)
This course emphasizes the use of multivariate techniques in psychological research. Both predictive (e.g., regression, canonical correlation, discriminant analysis, MANOVA) and reduction (e.g., factor analysis, multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis) techniques are considered in addition to the use of both observed and latent variable structural models.
8006471 Practicum I (0.5)
Students will gain supervised experience in a setting related to their field of specialization in applied developmental, applied social, or industrial/organizational psychology. Practicum placements are selected to provide a setting for the development of clinical, consulting, research, and evaluation skills. Students work two to three days a week in the selected setting.
8006472 Practicum II (1.0)
See 8006471 above. Students work four to five days a week in the selected setting.
8006473 Practicum III (0.25)
See 8006471 above. This course is intended for students who wish to gain additional practicum experience after completing the requirements for 8006471/2. Students work one day a week in the selected setting.
8006401 Reading Course I (0.25)
A independent in-depth study of current theoretical and empirical issues in the student's area of specialization.
8006402 Reading Course II (0.5)
An independent in-depth study of current theoretical and empirical issues in the student's area of specialization.
8006411 Special Problems in Psychology I (0.25)
A critical examination of current problems relating to conceptual and methodological developments in an area of psychology.
8006412 Special Problems in Psychology II (0.5)
A critical examination of current problems relating to conceptual and methodological developments in an area of psychology.
8006521 Research Seminar I (0.25)
An in-depth review of current theoretical and empirical developments in topic areas related to the student's area of specialization.
8006522 Research Seminar II (0.5)
An in-depth review of current theoretical and empirical developments in topic areas related to the student's area of specialization. The course requirements may include the completion of an empirical research project.
8006670 Research Methods (0.5)
This course emphasizes those techniques most frequently used in applied and field settings. These include: quasi-experimental designs, survey research, interviewing, questionnaire design, observational techniques, and other more qualitative methods.
8006880 Ethical Issues in Psychology (0.25)
Relevant issues in the application of professional ethical standards to the practice of psychology, including consultation, field research, intervention, and decision-making models are discussed in this half course. Depending on the particular faculty and students involved, discussion emphasizes specific applications to either I/O or applied developmental/social psychology.
8006900 Philosophy and History of Psychology as a Science (0.5)
This doctoral course examines the philosophical and metatheoretical issues involved in the scientific analysis of human experience. Both the historical context of these issues and the status of current metatheoretical debates are covered.

Applied Developmental
8006000 Applied Developmental Psychology (0.5)
Evidence on atypical behaviours resulting from the complex transactions of neurobiological, physiological and social factors is critically considered in this course. Controversial new developments and efforts at improving research and intervention are also addressed.
8006010 Learning and Language Disorders (0.5)
This course examines various cognitive, social and educational components of learning and language disabilities, and methods of diagnosing and remediating learning problems across a variety of areas.
8006270 Issues in Family-Related Social Policy (0.5)
This doctoral course examines historical developments and selected contemporary policy domains in Canada. Topics may include policies affecting children, families, the elderly, First Nations people, the mentally and physically disabled, and one parent families. The course also addresses the interplay between social and psychological research and policy formation, as well as the use of social policy as an instrument of social change.
8006580 Strategies of Behaviour Change (0.5)
This course introduces a variety of strategies used for remediating problems of atypical development.
8006620 Advanced Seminar in Applied Developmental/Social Psychology (0.5)
This doctoral course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their previous work in the two areas through the application of theoretical perspectives, research literatures and principles of intervention to various social problems. Topics will reflect the research interests of faculty and students from both areas.
8006630 Foundations of Applied Developmental Psychology (0.5)
This course examines issues in the areas of cognitive, social, and emotional development. Specific research topics and theoretical issues concerning the nature of development are discussed.
8006690 Cognitive Assessment of Children and Adolescents (0.5)
This course covers general testing issues (e.g., standards, ethics) and the use and interpretation of selected individually administered intelligence tests. Students administer tests, score, interpret and write reports on children, under supervision of the instructor. Restricted to students taking the applied developmental stream of studies.
8006700 Personality and Social Assessment of Children and Adolescents (0.5)
This course introduces a broad spectrum approach to the assessment of social, personality and behavioural variables. Emphasis is given to systems strategies. Restricted to students taking the applied developmental stream of studies.

Applied Social
8006270 Issues in Family-Related Social Policy (See above)
8006590 Social and Community Intervention (0.5)
Discussion focuses on strategies of preventing mental illness and promoting mental health and social competence. Stressful life event theory, social support, coping, and the epidemiology of mental illness are reviewed.
8006620 Advanced Seminar in Applied Developmental/Social Psychology (See above)
8006640 Foundations of Applied Social Psychology (0.5)
This course examines theory and research in social psychology, particularly in those areas most relevant to applied concerns. Topics may include attribution, attitudes, social relationships, language and communication, and self and identity.
8006830 Applied Social Psychology (0.5)
This course reviews selected theories, methods and problem areas in applied social psychology. Issues involved in the conduct and application of social research, as well as alternative paradigms for such research, are discussed.
8006840 Program Evaluation (0.5)
This course provides an introduction to a variety of methods of social program evaluation and to the process of consultation with program staff. Prerequisite: 8006670 Research Methods.

   The majority of these courses are taught at either the Guelph or Waterloo campus and course credits are transferable between the two universities.
8006472 Practicum II (1.0)
Students are assigned to a practicum setting to further develop practical skills taught in coursework. Practicum settings include industry, consulting, and government.
8007010 Personnel I: Foundations of Personnel Decisions (0.5)
Basic personnel functions are discussed, including job analysis, job evaluation, human resource planning, and criterion development, as well as the economic and legal environment in which these activities take place.
8007020 Personnel II: Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (0.5)
An examination of theory, research, and practice in the area of personnel selection.
8007030 Organizational Psychology I: Micro and Macro Influences (0.5)
This course examines micro- and, to a lesser extent, macro-level influences on organizational behaviour. Topics include absenteeism, turnover, work attitudes, stress, occupational health and safety, and unionization.
8007040 Organizational Psychology II: Group and Intergroup Processes (0.5)
This course examines theories, research, and application of group and intergroup processes within the organizational context. Topics include basic group dynamics, leadership and supervision, conflict, and industrial relations as well as gender, minority, and cross-cultural issues.
8007060 Organization Development Consulting (0.5)
An introduction to the theories and consultation techniques for improving organizational effectiveness.
8007070 Individual Assessments in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (0.5)
This course covers the theory and application of individual assessments undertaken by I/O psychologists. In addition to classical reliability and validity theory, students gain practical experience with assessments undertaken for the purposes of selection, promotion, and career development. Restricted to students in the industrial/organizational area.
8007080 Psychology of Training (0.5)
This course examines major topics and issues regarding the psychology of training in work organizations. Areas typically covered include task analysis, training objectives, curriculum development, instructional techniques, and training and evaluation.
8007090-8007140 Special Topics in Industrial andOrganizational Psychology (0.5)
These doctoral seminars focuses on faculty members' areas of specialization in industrial and organizational psychology.
8007160 Applications of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (0.25)
This half course provides the opportunity for the integration of material covered throughout the graduate program. Students will design specific interventions that integrate technical, organizational, and ethical issues in response to various organizational problems.

General Experimental
8006390 Tests and Measurement (0.5)
This course surveys classical and modern test theory, and establishes a basis for technical evaluation of test materials. Topics covered may include reliability and validity, generalizability, test bias, scale testing and test development.
8006420 Advanced Tests and Measurement (0.5)
Concepts and application of latent trait theory, generalizability theory and covariance structural models are presented. Students are required to apply computer adaptive testing models to actual test data. The specific testing applications depends on the interests of course participants. Prerequisite: 8006380, 8006390 or equivalent.
8006780 Perception and Information Processing (0.5)
This course focuses on the analysis of contemporary theory and research in several areas of perception and information processing. Topics include models of the mind, attention, cerebral specialization, and language.
8006790 Memory and Cognition (0.5)
This course reviews the major theories, issues and methodologies guiding contemporary research in human memory and related aspects of human cognition. Topics include the encoding and retrieval of information, the nature of representations in memory, classifications of memory, and applications to reading and eyewitness testimony.
8006800 Learning and Physiology (0.5)
This course reviews the major theories, issues, and methodologies guiding contemporary research in learning, comparative, and physiological psychology.
8006810 Neuropsychology (0.5)
This course focuses on current developments in neuropsychology. Particular emphasis is placed on the aphasias, apraxias, memory disorders, and disorders of movement.
8006870 Human Factors (0.5)
This course provides an overview of contemporary theory and research in human factors/ergonomics. Topics may include visual performance, information processing, human error, decision-making, mental workload, process control and automation, attention and time sharing, human factors in specific occupational environments, monitoring and supervisory control.
7506030 Applied Ergonomics (0.5)
This course is a graduate course offering in the Department of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences. The course reviews selected topics in ergonomics from a multi-disciplinary perspective with special reference to understanding the scientific basis of associated data gathering techniques and practising the necessary skills.

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