Department of Psychology


Welcome to the Department of Psychology

Psychology delves into what makes people tick. Psychologists study the relationship between mind and behaviour by investigating the nature of thought processes and behaviours in humans and other animals.

We hope you are taking care of yourself in these uncertain times! Please be advised that all members of the Department of Psychology are now working remotely. To reach us, please email, or reach out to your instructor via their individual email.

A major in psychology will help you develop skills in analyzing and interpreting complex material, particularly as it relates to behaviour. You will learn theories of how people interpret the world and act in it, as well as theories of human behaviour. As a psychology student, you will learn from those at the forefront of psychological research. Our faculty members are regularly published in the top journals and make an ongoing contribution to an ever-advancing field.

Department Highlights

Scott Semenyna

University of Lethbridge researchers find sexual competition isn’t always against only your own gender

If the proliferation of dating apps and websites in our western culture is any indication, finding and keeping a mate can be a fairly daunting, difficult and sometimes discouraging task. But take heart, at least the competition for your prospective mate is largely limited to your own gender because as University of Lethbridge researchers found in at least two disparate non-Western cultures, the competitive field is much broader.

Scott Semenyna, a PhD student in Dr. Paul Vasey’s Laboratory of Comparative Sexology, is the lead author on a paper just published in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. The paper, Inter-sexual Mate Competition in Three Cultures, examines when women engage in sexual competition for a man with female rivals, as well as with male rivals.

Petition seeks to expand research animal protections in U.S.

In the early 1990s, Canada was the frontrunner in developing official protections for invertebrates used in research, thanks in part to the work of University of Lethbridge professors like Dr. Jennifer Mather.

Back in 1991, Mather, a U of L psychology professor and octopus expert, Professor Emerita Gail Michener and Dr. Dan Johnson, Department of Geography & Environment, were involved with a committee through the Canadian Council on Animal Care, the national organization responsible for setting and maintaining standards for the ethical use and care of animals in science.

“The committee recommended that cephalopods be protected,” says Mather. “In 1991, cephalopods were protected for research in Canada and Canada was the first country in the world to do this.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 from the Faculty of Arts & Science

Congratulations to the class of 2021! We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours and can't wait to see what you do next. We are so proud of …

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Heath Petkau

In this undergraduate research profile, Heath Petkau showcases his research on birdsong organization, working with Dr. David Logue's Birdsong Lab.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Nicole Emsley

In this undergraduate research profile, we highlight the work of General Sciences student Nicole Emsley, who is spending her summer with the Faculty of Health Sciences researching ER visits and psychiatric care …

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

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