Honours Programs

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, 2022.

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).
SupervisorArea of StudyAvailable
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Dr. Marion Aftanas
  • Rating Scale Measurement Formats
  • Measurement Process Comparisons
  • Rating Scale Measurement Categories
  • Personality and Attitude Format Comparisons
Prof. Tanya Bilsbury
  • EDI in IO psychology
  • How do organizations support members to be successful?
  • Bullying and harassment in organizations, especially social bullying and mobbing
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) 
Dr. Steven Carroll
  • Psychophysics
  • Cognitive Psychology 
  • Computer models of psychological processes 
Dr. Leanna Closson

Developmental Psychology topics relevant to adolescence and emerging adulthood, including:

  • Social competence 
  • Peer relationships 
  • Risk and resilience 
  • Psychosocial adjustment 
Dr. Nicole Conrad
  • Any topic related to reading and/or spelling skills 
Prof. Ryan Cook
  • Corporate psychopathy
  • Testing and assessment
  • "Legal" forms of bias in hiring (e.g., tattoos, height, working in stigmatized industries)
  • Social media use in hiring
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 
Seyedehsan (Ehsan) Etezad 
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Mental Health at Work
  • Work Engagement & Job Burnout
  • Psychological Safety at Work
  • Self-care Behaviours
Dr. Derek Fisher
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Brain-based investigations of psychosis
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
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
Prof. Megan Manels-Murphy
  • Incivility
  • Women in leadership / Leader gender / EDI in leadership
  • Dominance and the dominance penalty
  • Organizational stability
  • Job insecurity
  • Social media as a selection tool
Dr. Tammy Mahar

I/O Psychology Topics

  • Peak performance
  • Work passion and optimal functioning
  • Motivation, goal-setting, and self-efficacy

  • Transformational leadership

  • Organizational culture, diversity, and inclusion

  • Dynamic workplaces (e.g., remote, online, performing artists, athletes, etc.)

Dr. Marc 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
  • Juries
  • Crime victims
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
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Role of victims