Leadbetter talking to a student outdoors

Bonnie Leadbetter's research into the prevention of peer victimization in elementary school children lead to the development of the WITS program. WITS encourages children and youth to Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out and Seek help dealing with conflict and bullying.

Holroyd outdoors

Clay Holroyd, Canada Research Chair in cognitive neuroscience, was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars in September 2016. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Tanaka and Sheppard with a computer showcasing their face recognition software

Centre for Autism Research, Technology, and Education (CARTE) researchers Jim Tanaka and Joseph Sheppard are developing new and innovative technologies that enhance the lives of people with autism spectrum disorders.

Tuokko in a car with McKernan

Psychology professor Holly Tuokko, left, and Candrive study participant Cathy McKernan with an in-car device used to track the driving habits of seniors. Photo credit: Diana Nethercott.

Gifford on a hilltop with the city of Victoria in the background

Psychology professor Robert Gifford is the founding director of a new interdisciplinary program that focuses on the human dimensions of climate change.

Hofer by a computer screen showcasing his patient-care software

As part of the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, Scott Hofer studies long-term changes in cognition and health that are related to dementia and other age-related conditions.

Costigan receiving an award

Catherine Costigan (right), a clinical psychology professor who studies cultural identity and immigration received the 2016 Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Mentorship Award.

UVic's psychology department is a place of exciting research activity.

Home to more than 50 research laboratories, the department is a bustling community of faculty and student researchers leading the field of psychology to new and important discoveries.

What's new?

Cognition and Brain Science researchers are celebrating their success in securing a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council grant to support research using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Functional MRI is a cutting edge technology for cognitive neuroscientists that will serve UVic researchers well in conducting research that will advance our understanding the workings of the human brain and mind.

Visit the Our people page to learn more about the individuals who are breaking new ground in ongoing programs of research within our department. You will discover research that covers a broad range of interesting topics.