UC students make the world their campus
22 December 2016 With summer here, hundreds of UC students are heading around the globe to gain hands-on experiences, learn new skills and make a difference in communities near and far. (read article)
New PSYC400 Level Course - Semester 2 2017
Are you looking at developing a critical understanding of the methods covered and the do's and don'ts for conducting thesis research? Do you wish to have a conceptual understanding of the methods and the need to make informed decisions about their proper use? Professor Brian Haig has just the 400-level course for you starting in Semester 2 of 2017. Special Topic: Modern Research Methods is a new option available to all 400-level students and looks at the methods and strategies that are of major importance to psychology and other behavioural scienes. Heavy emphasis is placed on acquiring an in-depth understanding of different types of modern research methods as they occur in their proper scientific contexts.
2017 Teaching Assistants
Expressions of interest are now being called for Teaching Assistant positions in Psychology. More information on this process and the links for application are available here. Applications close 5.00pm, Friday 20 January.
2016 Psychology Prizewinners
Congrutulations to our Department prizewinners for 2016. PSYC100-level Joint top prize, Anneke Hoogervorst and Caitlin McElligott. PSYC100-level Outstanding Achievement Awards; Rory Collins, Rebecca Graves, Hannah McGill. PSYC200-level top prizewinner, Joshua Leota. PSYC200-level Outstanding Achievement Awards; Lauren Whearty and Emma Woodford. PSYC300-level Outstanding Achievement Awards: Gina Broom, Tom Nolan, Caitlin Ruddle, Elisabeth Tanner. Larry Kokkinidis 400-level Psychology Prize was jointly won by Elizabeth Chilvers, HuiYing Chua and Fraser Doake. Samara Hodges won the MSc in Applied Psychology Part I Prize.
Paul Russell Retires
Paul Russell retires on 31 January after 51 years at UC. Paul's contribution to our Department and UC generally, will be greatly missed and thanks were made for his contribution at a function in December. Among a great deal of other roles within the Department, Paul has also been responsible for our Stage 1 students for a number of years and they have benefited by way of a very good knowledge of our discipline and also UC in general. It is good to know that his experience and collegial attitude won't be lost as he has been appointed to an Adjunct Position.
Inaugural College of Science Kaupapa Māori Teaching Award 2016
Dr Eileen Britt was joint winner of the inaugural College of Science Kaupapa Maori Teaching Award 2016. Eileen has made significant and tangible contributions to bicultural training within the Clinical Psychology Programme, as Chair of the Bicultural Working Group in the Department of Psychology, and as a member of the College's Te Ohu Pūtaiao.
College of Science Health & Safety Champion Award
Silvana de Freitas Costa was a joint winner of the 2016 College of Science Health and Safety Champion Award, alongside Anne O'Connell from Communication Disorders. Silvana and Anne have made a significant contribution to Health & Safety in their respective departments and as members of the College H&S Committee. Both have implemented a number of initiatives to engage staff and students in health and safety, to improve employee wellness and to address safety hazards.
Professors Randolph Grace and Simon Kemp beat out some fierce competition and were successful in gaining a Marsden Grant for their project "An artificial algebra for implicit learning of methematical structure".
HRC Research Excellence Award
Dr Jacki Henderson was recently awarded an HRC Celebrating Research Excellence award for her outstanding contribution to health research excellence as an emerging researcher.
Donation Funding Secured by Prof Julia Rucklidge
Professor Julia Rucklidge is the recipient of a donation from the New Zealand based Gama Foundation for her continuing Micronutrient research.
Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award
Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran received the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). This is an international organziation with over 3,000 scientists worldwide focused on brdiging theory and practice to address human problems of the group, community, and nations. This award recognizes the two best papers on intercultural and international relations. Dr Yogeeswaran and Dr Dasgupta received second place for their paper; Yogeeswaran, K., & Dasgupta, N. (2014). Conception of national identity in a globalized world: Antecedents and consequences. Europena Review of Social Psychology, 25, 189-227.
Starting a Thesis in 2017/2018
Are you thinking about starting a thesis in 2017 or in 2018? Assoc. Prof. Roeline Kuijer, our PG PhD / Thesis Coordinator will be able to help you with advice about how to enrol, find a supervisor and to look at your possible options. 'Getting Started on a Thesis' - ppt pdf / 6 slides per page pdf.
Psychology Graduate Opportunities in 2017 (400-level Psychology)
Are you thinking about your graduate options in Psychology? Prof. Simon Kemp, our PSYC400 Coordinator, will be able to help with advice about what you should do or assist with some planning. Office Hours for Simon are Monday 12-1; Wednesday 11-12 and Friday 2-4pm. Graduation Opportunities 2017 - ppt pdf / 6 slides per page pdf.
In a recent commentary in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Assoc. Prof. Katharina Naswall and Dr Joana Kuntz, along with Dr Sanna Malinen from the Management Department, offer a novel perspective on employee resilience. The full story available on Facebook here or on Twitter here.
Assoc. Prof. Janet Carter Appointed to Dean of Science
Assoc. Prof. Janet Carter, vacates her role as Head of Department to take up the role of Dean of Science on 17 October. Janet remains involved with the Psychology Department on a reduced basis. Assoc. Prof. Katharina Naswall will be Acting Head of Department during the recruitment process.