Honours Programs

Honours Program

The Psychology Department offers honours study leading to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree, and a Certificate of Honours Standing (Honours Equivalency)—academic regulation 26.

The honours program is intended for students of above average ability who wish to proceed to graduate work in psychology or related fields or who intend to pursue careers in psychology. For admission to honours in psychology, students at the time of application must have:

  • a minimum CGPA of 3.00;
  • completed at least eighteen (18) credit hours in PSYC courses;
  • a minimum GPA of 3.30 in PSYC courses;
  • a minimum grade of B in each of PSYC 2340 and PSYC 2350

These requirements are minimum standards only. 

Because the Department has limited resources for offering the honours program, some students who meet the minimum standards may have to be denied admission.

The deadline for submission is April 30, 2020.

In addition to the ‘Saint Mary's University Application for Admission’ form (available online, at the Service Centre or from the Psychology department secretary), and only once a thesis Supervisor has been secured, applicants should submit the following in electronic format to David Bourgeois, Psychology Undergraduate Program Coordinator at honours.psychology@smu.ca:

  1. The completed version of this form
  2. A typewritten, double-spaced personal statement explaining your interest in pursuing the Honours Program in our department (limited to 1 page).

Supervision of honours theses is available to part-time faculty who have a Ph.D. Exemption requests from other part-time faculty may be considered by the Department. Applications due April 30, 2021.

SupervisorArea of StudyAvailable
this year?

Dr. David Bourgeois
  • Social Psychology 
  • Political Psychology 
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology 
    Youth Engagement 
Dr. James Cameron
  • Social identity and intergroup relations 
  • Social psychology of collective action 
  • Stereotyping and discrimination 
  • Psychology of globalization 
Dr. Patrick Carolan
  • Attention, mind wandering, emotion, and other topics in cognitive neuroscience 
  • Psychopathic personality traits 
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) and Event-related Potentials (ERP) 
Yes (1-2 Students)
Dr. Steven Carroll
  • Psychophysics 
    Cognitive Psychology 
  • Computer models of psychological processes 
Dr. Leanna Closson
  • Social development in adolescence and emerging adulthood, including: 
  • Peer status (e.g., popularity, social dominance) 
  • Social behaviour (e.g., aggression, prosocial behaviour, social withdrawal) 
  • Risk and resilience processes in discrimination, victimization, and bullying 
Dr. Nicole Conrad
  • Any topic related to reading and/or spelling skills 
Dr. Arla Day

I/O Psychology & Occupational Health Psychology topics: 

  • Psychologically healthy workplaces 
  • Work-life balance 
  • Job stress 
  • Worker health and well-being 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Leadership & health 
Dr. Maryanne Fisher
  • Evolutionary Psychology 
Dr. Mark Fleming
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology 
Dr. Lori Francis
  • Occupational Health & Safety 
  • Work Stress & Work Wellness 
  • Stress Recovery 
  • Incivility, Aggression, & Violence at Work 
  • Unions/Labour Relations 
Dr. Debra Gilin
  • Organizational conflict, mediation, and negotiation 
  • Individual differences in the workplace 
  • Organizational culture and intervention 
Dr. Camilla Holmvall
  • Workplace mistreatment broadly defined (including incivility, aggression, bullying) 
  • Fairness issues in organizations 
  • Workplace stress 
  • Organizational citizenship behaviours 
  • Leader well-being 
Dr. Jason Ivanoff
  • Topics: attention, executive control, inhibition, working memory, emotion, and mental fatigue. 
  • Tools: resting-state electroencephalography (rEEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), mental chronometry, and psychophysics. 
Dr. Kevin Kelloway

Diverse topics in I/O psychology including: 

  • The role of personality (Big 5 and Dark Tetrad) in predicting organizational behaviour 
  • Occupational health and safety 
  • Leadership processes and development in the workplace 
  • Dignity in the workplace 
  • Workplace violence 
  • Occupational stress 
  • Mental health at work 
  • Union-member relationships 
Dr. Lucie Kocum
  • Psychosocial hazards at work (discrimination, lack of accommodation) 
  • Workplace interventions 
  • Return to work, accommodations and disability management 
  • Knowledge transfer 
Dr. Robert Konopasky
  • Psychology of civil litigation: Decision making, applying the civil standard of proof in cases in which there is statistical evidence. 
  • Technology in the classroom: Use of technology that enhances flipping the classroom and invites student participation. 
Yes- if student really has an interest in this work
Dr. Mark Patry
  • Psychology and law 
  • Police interrogations and confessions 
  • Eyewitness memory 
  • Correctional psychology 
  • Law and public policy 
Dr. Nicolas Roulin
  • Personnel recruitment and selection 
  • New technologies in selection 
  • Impression management and deception 
  • Employment discrimination and biases 
Dr. Veronica Stinson
  • Juror decision-making
  • Role of crime victims
  • Eyewitness memory
Dr. Skye Stephens
  • Paraphilias
  • Sexual offending
  • Sexual violence prevention programs and barriers to the development of these programs
  • Mandatory reporting and clinician decision making
  • *Please Note: Although I am a clinical psychologist, my research is focused on clinical forensic psychology. I am unable to provide honours thesis supervision to students interested in non-forensic clinical psychology topics (e.g., depression, anxiety, adolescent mental health).
Dr. Meg Ternes
  • Lie detection 
  • Eyewitness memory 
  • Correctional psychology 
  • Violent offenders 
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction 
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