NEW PSYence Update (Vol. 1, Issue 1) - Quarterly Update on CPA's Science Activities.
Update on Proposed Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canadian Graduate Scholarships.
The tri-councils funding agencies have harmonized the CGS Master's scholarships. Details can be found here: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/_doc/Students-Etudiants/CommunityEngagementUpdate-Jn2013_eng.pdf.
CPA Feedback on Proposed Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships.
(May 2013) The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) welcomed the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships. Click here to read the letter.
Budget 2014: Key highlights of relevance to CPA and CCR Response
On February 11, 2014, Minister Flaherty tabled the 2104 Budget.
Click on the following link to view notes put together by Impact Public Affairs that highlight key elements of the budget that are of relevance to the CPA.
Click on the following link to view the CCR response, for which CPA's Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is Chair.
CPA Responds to Industry of Canada Consultation on Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda.
Industry Canada recently sought input from Canada’s scientific community on its Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda. In response, the CPA, with input from the Scientific Affairs Committee, made a submission. Click here to view the submission.
CCR Responds to Industry of Canada Consultation on Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda.
Industry Canada recently sought input from Canada’s scientific community on its Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda. In response, the CCR, of which the CPA’s Deputy CEO, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker is the Chair, made a submission. Click here to view the submission.[CCR_STConsultation_7Feb2014]
CPA letter to Tri-Councils on new open access policy.
The Graham Boeckh Foundation is delighted to announce that applications for the 2014 Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research are now being accepted.
The Dr. Samarthji Lal award recognizes a Canadian researcher focusing on major mental health disorders. The candidate must be mid-career and making an outstanding contribution to the field. To learn more about the award and eligibility requirements, please visit the award’s official website.
Represent Canadian Psychology to the World: Call for Nominations for a Canadian Delegate To the General Assembly of the International Union of Psychological Science
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is responsible for managing Canada’s membership in the International Union of Psychological Science (www.iupsys.org). IUPsyS is the international body dedicated to the advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science around the world. The Canadian National Committee for IUPsyS (CNC/IUPsyS) is the CPA committee charged with the work.
Among the members of the CNC/IUPsyS are two delegates to the General Assembly of IUPsyS. These are the individuals who attend the formal meetings of IUPsyS (held every two years) and who vote for Canada at these meetings. CPA and the National Research Council of Canada contribute to the travel costs for the delegates to attend these meetings. The next meeting will take place in Paris, France, in July 2014 (in conjunction with the International Congress of Applied Psychology).
Each delegate holds the position for an 8-year term (or four General Assembly meetings). At this time, we seek nominations for ONE delegate, to serve a term from 2014-2022.
Nominees must be Members/Fellows in good standing of CPA. Preference will be given to psychologists who have been involved in national or international organizations in psychology and whose major professional activity involves research and teaching, and whose CVs are judged by the CNC/IUPsyS to meet these criteria.
The name of the preferred nominee will be submitted to the CPA Board of Directors for approval and appointment. The term will begin at the CPA Convention in 2014.
Each nomination shall consist of:
- a letter from the nominator that states the position for which the candidate is being nominated, expresses support for the candidate, and contains a statement to the effect that the nominator has ascertained the candidate’s willingness to stand for nomination;
- a current curriculum vitae of the candidate (including educational background, present and former positions, research and professional activities, organization membership and involvement, and international congress participation); and
- two supporting letters from individuals familiar with the nominee’s contributions.
The deadline to submit nominations is December 31, 2013. For more information, or to submit nominations and supporting documents, send an e-mail to the Chair of the CNC/IUPsyS, Jennifer Veitch, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCR submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (July 31, 2013)
Participate in Psychological Research: New and Current Submissions to CPA's R2P2!
- Factors in Optimal Collaboration Between Psychologists and Primary Healthcare Physicians
- An Examination of Factors Affecting the Hiring Process
- Pain Perception and Pain Recall
- Influences on Perceptions of Information and Communication Technology in Therapeutic Practice
- Mental Health Professionals' Perceptions of Childhood Trauma Survivors
- Prototypicality of Cluster B personality traits
- Self-perceptions and the Future Self: Implications for Health and Well-being
- Duty to Warn: The Role of Tarasoff Principles, Biases, and Knowledge among Practicing Canadian Psychologists
- Participants Needed for Hormones & Sociosexuality Study
- The Personality Pathology Study
- A Survey of Current Practices in Canadian Aboriginal Mental Health
Fellowship/Training Opportunity: CIHR Training Grant in Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research - “TUTOR‐PHC” (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research– Primary Health Care).
Program information and application forms for TUTOR-PHC are now available on TUTOR-PHC’s website at http://www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc/applications/applicationforms.html (Note: if you have visited our website before, you may have to refresh your browser to see the website updates)
Who should apply?
- Graduate Students from Canadian Universities that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research regardless of their home discipline
- Post‐doctoral fellows, policy-makers, OR clinicians* that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research
*Clinicians can include any type of Health Professional in Primary Health Care (i.e. Physician, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, etc.). Clinicians admitted to the program are usually accepted or enrolled in graduate studies or post-doctoral fellowships. Please see our website for more information.
The deadline for applications is October 31, 2013 (program runs from May 2014 to April 2015).
NSERC Invites the CPA to Provide Feedback on Plan to Allocate Budgets among Evaluation Groups Under the Discovery Grants Program
In November 2012, the CPA was contacted by NSERC with two invitations: 1) to review the 2012 report of the Council of Canadian Academies in which psychology and cognitive sciences were among the six research fiels in which Canada excels, and 2) provide feedback on NSERC's plan to allocate budgets among evaluation groups under the Discovery Grants program. Click here to view CPA's letter outlining its review and feedback.
The VISAGE (Violence At work according to Sex and Gender) research team of the Trauma Study Centre
CPA, as CCR co-Chair, Organizes and Hosts Breakfast Meeting with Representatives of Various Funding Agencies
On November 21, 2012, the CPA, as co-Chair of the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR), organized and hosted a breakfast meeting with the following funding agency representatives:
- SSHRC: Dr. Chad Gaffield, President
- NSERC: Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President
- CFI: Dr. Gilles Patry, President
Unfortunately, the CIHR was unable to send a representative to attend the breakfast. Each presenter was asked to speak for approximately 10 minutes on the status of research and research funding in Canada. Following the presentations, CCR members participated in a roundtable discussion with the presenters. The CPA, along with the CCR's other co-Chair, will synthesize the event's presentations and discussion, and explore potential follow-ups. Check back for future updates.
Participate in a Study Evaluating Rehabilitation Outcome following Severe Trauma (EROS)
Researchers at the Centre for Trauma Science in London, England, are conducting a research study Evaluating Rehabilitation Outcome following Severe trauma (EROS). They are aiming to engage as many as possible international organisations or professionals to help develop an ICF (ICF= International Classification of Function, Disability and Health) core set for people with major traumatic injuries. The involvement requires completion of an on-line questionnaire. The questions are based on the existing Comprehensive ICF acute and post acute core sets.
More information on the ICF core set development can be found at:
To participate in the survey, click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MultipleTrauma
CPA Attends CIHR Pathways to Partners Forum on Aboriginal Peoples' Health
On October 16-17, 2012, CPA's Deputy CEO and Science Directorate Director attended a by-invite-only 2-day forum: Pathways to Partners Forum on Aboriginal Peoples' Health. The purpose of the forum, which was jointly organized and sponsored by three CIHR Institutes (Institutes of Aboriginal Peoples' Health, Population and Public Health, Gender and Health) was to discuss and contribute to the development of an RFP that will look at 4 health issues among Aboriginal Peoples: suicide, oral health, obesity and tuberculosis. CPA will post information on this research funding opportunity as received.
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences among 6 Research Fields in which Canada Excels
A newly released report by the Council of Canadian Academies entitled, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012 provides a thorough analysis of the scientific disciplines and technological applications where Canada excels in a global context. In 2010, Industry Canada via the Minister of Industry, asked the Council of Canadian Academies to assess the state of science and technology in Canada and to consider all fields in which research is conducted.
The six research fields in which Canada excels are: clinical medicine, historical studies,
information and communication technologies (ICT), physics and astronomy, psychology and
cognitive sciences, and visual and performing arts.
Click here to read the news release and access the full report.
Conference Organizers: Financial Support Available!
CPA is pleased to announce that it will make available up to $2,000 annually in support of psychology-related conferences that specifically target engagement and participation of undergraduate psychology students. Each successful request will receive up to $500. Applications from conference organizers should include a brief description of the conference, detail how the conference has engaged the participation of undergraduate psychology students and indicate to which conference activities the funds will be applied. Applications must be received by October 31, 2012 (note new date). For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker at email@example.com.
CIHR Updates #3 and #4 re: New Version of Canadian Common CV (CCV)
On June 19, 2012, the CIHR launched a revised version of the Common CV. Please click here for updates sent by CIHR on August 31st, 2012 and September 10th, 2012 regarding issues with the new version.
Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Forum 2012
Hosted by Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada
Forum Date: November 26-28, 2012
Location: Kingston, Ontatio
For more information: www.cimvhr.ca
Participate in Psychological Research: Two New Submissions to CPA's R2P2!
- Mentoring relationships and graduate students’ mental health and well-being
- Prototypicality of Cluster B personality traits
CPA Letter to NSERC Regarding the Cancellation of the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program
Click here to view CPA's letter to NSERC regarding NSERC's recent announcement/decision to cancel the RTI program following the 2013 competition.
Members are reminded that NSERC is currently consulting with the research community to gather feedback on two proposed options for the future of the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program. From June 29 to September 28, 2012, we invite you to review the proposed options and vote by completing the RTI Grants Program survey (powered by Survey Monkey). A portable document format (PDF) version of a document outlining both options is also available.
Please take a moment to complete the online consultation or write an individualized letter to NSERC.
CIHR Operating Grant: Population Health Intervention Research (Fall 2012 Competition)
The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health is pleased to announce the launch of the Operating Grant: Population Health Intervention Research competition. This Initiative is being funded in partnership with the CIHR Ethics Office and CIHR Institutes of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, Cancer Research, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Institute for Health Information – Canadian Population Health Initiative, the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation.
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support the prompt initiation of population health intervention research on rapidly unfolding programs, policies and resource distribution approaches that have been initiated by others (e.g., policy makers) and have the potential to impact health and health equity at the population level.
This funding opportunity has a two- step application process: Phase 1 requires you to complete a Letter of Intent (LOI), and Phase 2 requires you to complete an Application upon invitation. The deadlines are as follows:
Phase 1: Letter of Intent
Phase 2: Application
Anticipated Notice of Decision
Funding Start Date
More information about this competition can be found on the CIHR website, in the section called “Find Funding” at http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/193.html.
For questions about this initiative and research objectives contact:
Associate, Strategic Initiatives
CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health
CIHR Training Grant in Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research - “TUTOR‐PHC” (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research– Primary Health Care)
Program information and application forms for TUTOR-PHC are now available on TUTOR-PHC’s website at
Who should apply?
- Graduate Students from Canadian Universities that are interested/engaged in primary health care research regardless of their home discipline
- Post‐doctoral fellows, policy-makers, OR clinicians* that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research
*Clinicians can include any type of Health Professional in Primary Health Care (i.e. Physician, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, etc.). Please see our website for more information.
The deadline for applications is October 31, 2012 (program runs from May 2013 to April 2014).
CIHR releases the "What CIHR Heard: Analysis of Feedback on the Design Discussion Document"
It has been five months since the release of the Design Discussion Document which presented the proposed changes to the CIHR Open Suite of Programs and Peer Review Process.
CIHR has now published the "What CIHR Heard: Analysis of Feedback on the Design Discussion Document." This document presents a summary of the feedback received from CIHR's researcher and stakeholder communities regarding the proposed changes to the Open Suite of Programs and peer review process. Please visit CIHR's website at http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?TizV-WcKI-1E0QM36 to read the report along with a message from our President Dr. Alain Beaudet and a question and answer (Q&A) document.
Note: CPA participated in a Blue Ribbon Panel of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) responding to the CIHR Proposed Changes to its Open Suite of Programs and Enhancements to the Peer Review Process. Click here to read the CFHSS submission.
CIHR Update re: New Version of Canadian Common CV (CCV)
On June 19, 2012, the CIHR launched a revised version of the Common CV. Please click here for an update sent by CIHR on July 31st regarding issues with the new version.
Harper Government Announces Funding to Create the Brain Research Fund.
The Harper Government will provide up to $100 million over the next six years to create the Canada Brain Research Fund.
This Fund will provide dollar-for-dollar matching funding to the Brain Canada Foundation to support Canadian neuroscience research and advance knowledge and treatment of brain disease and mental disorders. The Brain Canada Foundation will raise matching funds from private donors and charitable contributions. Click here for more information.
CIHR Fellowship Program Moving to One Competition per Year
In an effort to align the timing of CIHR's fellowship competition with its federal counterparts, NSERC and SSHRC, beginning in the Fall 2013, the CIHR Fellowship competition will only accept applications once per year (in October).
Despite this change, the number of fellowships awarded will be maintained at approximately 170 per year and the overall budget allocated to this program will remain unchanged at $21M over five years.
For questions, please contact the CIHR Fellowships team at the following address: Fellowships@cihr-irsc.gc.ca or visit CIHR's FAQ, http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?TFPc-Vq1g-1E0QM39.
NSERC Consultation on the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program
NSERC is currently consulting with the research community to gather feedback on two proposed options for the future of the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program. From June 29 to September 28, 2012, we invite you to review the proposed options and vote by completing the RTI Grants Program survey (powered by Survey Monkey).
A portable document format (PDF) version of a document outlining both options is also available.
Editor Needed for Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology (CJEP)
Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology
Call for Nominations: 2013-2016
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association has opened nominations for the Editorship of Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology for the years 2013-2016. Candidates should be available to start receiving manuscripts in 2012, to prepare for issues to be published in 2013.
The Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology is published in collaboration with Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (BBCS) within a printing agreement with the American Psychological Association (APA).
Editors are normally members of both the Canadian Psychological Association and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science.
Nominations should be received before August 1, 2012. Click here for more information on the nomination procedures.
CPA Hosts Town Hall Meeting at CPA Convention with Representatives from Three National Funding Agencies
One of the greatest opportunities for psychology is that our work falls in the domain of all three of the federal granting councils; that also is one of our greatest challenges. The breadth of the research in our field requires us to take a “big picture” view. It is hoped that this town hall meeting will begin a conversation on how we can work together with the agencies to create and sustain innovative research in psychological science and discuss the way that psychologists can help shape the science landscape in Canada. The presentations by the three panelists representing CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC gave us a sense of where each of the councils sees science in general, and psychology in particular, contributing to innovation and leadership in Canadian Science; including the challenges and opportunities that psychologists, as both academics and practitioners, will encounter over the next decade or so. Following the presentations the panelists took questions from the floor.
- Ms. Isabelle Blain, Vice-Presidents, NSERC (via videoconference)
- Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of SSHRC
- Dr. Anthony Phillips, Scientific Director of the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, CIHR
Date: Friday June 15, 2012
Location: World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, NS
CPA Attends Health Research Caucus Reception and Kiosk Session on Brain Research
On May 14, 2012, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker attended the Health Research Caucus, hosted and organized by Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, Chair of the Research Caucus. The reception and kiosk session, which was held at Parliament Hill, focussed on three areas of brain research: the aging brain and dementia, traumatic brain injury, and child brain development.
CPA Meets with Chair of Health Research Caucus
On May 15, 2012, Dr. Karen Cohen, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, and Ms. Meagan Hatch met with Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, Chair or the Research Caucus to discuss issues related to access to mental health services, mental health research, and knowledge translation.
Response to CIHR Proposed Changes to its Open Suite of Programs and Enhancements to the Peer Review Process
CPA participates on a Blue Ribbon Panel of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) responding to the CIHR Proposed Changes to its Open Suite of Programs and Enhancements to the Peer Review Process. Click here to read the CFHSS submission.
CPA Attends Briefing on Report, The Health of Canada's Young People: a mental health focus
On May 9, 2012, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker attended a technical briefing on key findings from the 2010 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) report - The Health of Canada's Young People: a mental health focus. The report was released by the Public Health Agency of Canada on February 15, 2012. As a follow-up to the launch of the report, PHAC invited prinicipal researchers from Queens' University to present on its key findings. Presenters included: John Freeman, Willaim Pickett, Ian Janssen and Wendy Craig.
CPA Elected Chair of Canadian Consortium of Research (CCR)
(March 2012): The CPA has long since been a member of the Steering Committee of the CCR. Most recently, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker held this position. With Dr. Votta-Bleeker's maternity leave from April 1, 2011 - April 30, 2012 (inclusive), CPA's CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, oversaw this position. During this time, Dr. Cohen was elected Chairperson of the CCR. In this capacity, Dr. Cohen took a lead role in the CCR 2012 federal budget response. She also participated in a CCR meeting with the President of SSHRC at which time topics related to student support, research funding, and SSHRC restructuring were discussed. Current topics under discussion for the CCR are NSERC and CIHR funding for equipment. Dr. Votta-Bleeker will resume her participation in the CCR upon her return from maternity leave.
CPA Becomes a Charter Member of the Science Media Centre of Canada
In November 2011, the CPA became a Charter Member of the Science Media Centre of Canada. With this Charter Membership, CPA has an opportunity to let SMCC know about developments in psychological science with which to inform media and, ultimately, the public. Click here for more information.
New CPA Section
The CPA would like to announce the formation of a new Section - Quantitative Methods. This Section will help bring together those interested in studying statistical methods for analyzing data in psychology, including providing opportunities for research and teaching partnerships, providing a method for unifying and organizing quantitative methods talks at the CPA convention, and furthering the development of novel approaches for analyzing psychological data.
Canadian Mental Illness and Mental Health Alliance (CAMIMH) Announces this Year's Mental Health Champions
(April 20, 2012): The CPA is pleased to announce the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) Champions for this year. Please visit the Mental Illness Awareness Week website for information about the winners and their award categories or click here to read the press release. CPA is a member of CAMIMH and CPA CEO, Karen Cohen, is the 2012 Chairperson of CAMIMH's Mental Illness Awareness Week. Click here for more information.
Canadian Consortium Research (CCR) Response to 2012 Federal Budget
(April 2012): On March 29, 2012, the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR), of which the CPA is a Steering Committee Member (and upcoming Chair), met to develop a response to the 2012 Federal Budget. Click here to view the response.
Call for Submissions: 2nd Annual High School Science Awards
The CPA is excited to announce the 2nd Annual High School Science Awards, Sponsored by Scotiabank. Click here for more information and official rules.