Visit the Student Resources page to find Presentations from the 2017 CPA Convention


2017 CPA Convention Highlights

Dear Student Members,

It was a pleasure meeting all of you at the 78th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association in Toronto!

At convention, the executive committee of the Section for Students in Psychology offered a very diverse programming of workshops and roundtable discussions to fit the needs of students at all stages of their training. Specifically, we presented an informative roundtable discussion on applying to graduate school and enlightening workshops on leadership, self-care, and publishing in psychology. The slides from all of our talks can be found on our Section’s website. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Jessica Dere from the University of Toronto Scarborough, delivered a well-attended presentation on cultural issues in mental health. Furthermore, our Section sponsored a full poster session dedicated to research that is both innovative and relevant to students. It is my pleasure to announce that Lauren Geogan from the University of Alberta is the 2017 Winner of the Section for Students Best Poster Award! She presented her work on the use of assistive technology in post-secondary studies. Her complete poster will be available in the Fall 2017 issue of our Section’s newsletter.

This year, we were happy to launch the first student booth at convention. This allowed student members to gather together, ask questions to our dedicated volunteers about our Section’s opportunities and, importantly, grab a variety of treats! Given the success of the booth, we hope this initiative will eventually grow into something bigger for future conventions, such as a student lounge. On Friday evening, student members networked for several hours at Lone Star Texas Grill for our annual social event, which was well-attended as always. The executive committee of our Section was also present at the First-Time Attendee Orientation Breakfast at the Fairmont Royal York to welcome each and one of you and showcase the student orientation guide.

We wish to thank everyone who provided constructive feedback at our Section’s Annual Business Meeting. We will do our best to take into account every single comment we received. We also wish to congratulate the 20 winners of the Student Travel Awards who submitted outstanding applications and presented excellent work at convention!

Please keep looking our Section’s website throughout the year for updates on several opportunities and for new initiatives. I look forward to seeing all of you again at the 2018 International Congress of Applied Psychology in Montreal!

Best wishes,

Jean-Philippe Gagné
Chair, Section for Students in Psychology
Canadian Psychological Association

CPA Student Section Newsletter - Spring 2017!

The Spring 2017 Student Newsletter is now available. Click here to download (version français ici).

CPA Student Section Newsletter - Fall 2016!

The Fall 2016 Student Newsletter is now available. Click here to download.

CPA Student Section Grants

Student Research Grant due: November 14, 2016

This award is intended to support students in undergraduate or graduate programs in any domain or discipline within psychology who are actively engaged in research. Given the costs that are associated with conducting research, and the limited funding that is available to students, the Section for Students wishes to recognize and support student research efforts by awarding two research grants, valued at $500 each, to help alleviate a small portion of the financial burden.


To be eligible for this grant, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be a current member of the Section for Students of the Canadian Psychological Association
  2. The applicant must be the primary investigator and/or first author of the research project
  3. The research project for which support is being sought must be relevant to at least one domain or discipline within psychology
  4. The research project for which support is being sought must not yet be completed (i.e., does not apply retroactively to completed research projects), and the research and/or data collection must begin within 12 months of the adjudication of this award. 

Instructions for submission and application materials are available at the following link:

Campus Initiative Grant due: December 15, 2016

The purpose of the Campus Initiative Grant is to support events or programs that serve to enhance the educational experience in psychology of students on campus. Common examples include holding training seminars, talks or colloquia with an invited speaker, networking events, and psychology-related workshops, lectures, or panel discussions. In addition to single-events, longer-term projects or programs that serve to enhance students’ experience may also be eligible as initiatives. For example, groups may apply for funds to support the start of a department-wide mentorship program for students.


To be eligible to apply for this grant:

  1. Applicants must be a current member of the Section for Students of the Canadian Psychological Association; for student-group applications, the individual applying for the award on behalf of the group must be a member of the Section for Students.
  2. Initiatives must be related to the purposes and requirements as detailed in Sections (1) and (2); that is, related to the educational objectives of the Section and relevant for its members.
  3. Proposed activities or initiatives must be held at the institution’s campus.
  4. Initiatives must have received departmental approval prior to being submitted. A letter from the Chair of the relevant department in support of this initiative or event must be submitted.

Instructions for submission are available at the following link:


The Summer 2016 issue of Mind Pad is now available:

    Volume 5, Issue 1. Full issue: Web or PDF

CPA Student Section Newsletter - Spring 2016!

Click here to read the Student Section Newsletter for Spring 2015: Spring 2015 CPA Student Newsletter

The Fall Newsletter is upcoming! If you are interested in submitting a piece for our next issue, please contact the section's Communication Officer, Alisia Palermo, at

The Spring 2016 issue of Mind Pad is now available:

    Volume 4, Issue 2. Full issue: Web or PDF

A Student’s Guide to the Canadian Psychological Association’s Annual Convention for Victoria 2016 is now available for download!


2016 Canadian Psychological Association's Lobby Day

Psychology session

Four doctoral students from across Canada were invited to take part in the 2016 Canadian Psychological Association's Lobby Day, along side the CPA Board of Directors. Pictured left to right: Lucy Karimi Amadala (University of Calgary, Counselling Psychology), Sarah Gray (University of Toronto, Clinical Psychology), Katherine Elliot (University of Ottawa, Clinical Psychology), and Zarina Giannone (University of British Columbia). Missing from the photo: Matt Murdoch (Carleton University, Social Psychology).


Operation Med School (Vancouver) Conference

Operation Med School (Vancouver) is hosting a conference on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the University of British Columbia’s West Mall Swing Space Building. Lunch will be provided and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada.

This is a great opportunity for high school students interested in Med School to learn more about the field of medicine.

Please visit their website:

Or Like them on Facebook at:

CPA Student Executive Postions with the Section for Students in Psychology

Please consider running for a CPA Student Executive postion with the Section for Students in Psychology. We have extended the deadline to FEB. 15, 2016 to allow more time for you to submit your application! We are seeking applications from students who are engaged in the psychology community and who are willing to take on a valuable and rewarding leadership role.

A number of positions have become available for the 2016-2017 academic year including:

  1. Chair-Elect, 
  2. Administration and Finance Officer, 
  3. Graduate Student Affairs Officer, 
  4. Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer, and
  5. Communications Officer. 

Detailed descriptions about the positions and election process can be found at the end of this email or on our website:

To apply for these positions, please send the following materials to Alisia Palermo, our Communications Officer, at:

  1. A statement of intent that indicates the position for which you are applying, why you would like to hold the position, and what qualities you would bring to the position (max. 250-300 words);
  2. A short biography that includes information on your academic activities, your academic goals, and your personal interests (max. 250-300 words);
  3. Your curriculum vitae (max. four pages).


Good news! Our section now has a facebook and twitter page. 
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CPA Student Section Newsletter - Summer 2015!

Click here to read the Summer 2015 CPA Student Newsletter

If you are interested in submitting a piece for our next issue, please contact the section's Communication Officer, Alisia Palermo, at

CPA Counselling Psychology Section survey about doctoral programs in Counselling Psychology.

click here for more information, or click here to complete the survey.

Convention Workshops

Workshops provided by the Student Section at the 2016 CPA Convention are now available! Check them out on the 'Student Resources' webpage:

We are excited to see you at the 2017 CPA Convention in Toronto! 


 Student Executive 2016-2017:

Student Executive information is now available on the 'Student Executive 2016-2017' webpage.


Now Available: The CPA Student Section Newsletter

Welcome back, everyone! The CPA Student Section Executive proudly present the CPA Student Section Newsletter. This newsletter aims to improve the communication within our section and allows you to get to know your executive team as well as stay up to date on current events within the section.