I am currently the Head of Psychology (Interim) at the University of Guelph-Humber. I hold a Ph.D in Psychology (University of Aberdeen, UK). As an academic-administrator, I have maintained a program of research with the support of undergraduate research assistants, taught several courses in Psychology and research methods across the Greater Toronto Area including Honours Thesis courses, and chaired, co-chaired, or been actively involved in several university services including mentorship of students. Since 2016, I have served as the Chair of the Brain and Cognitive Science Section and the EduTrac Working Group (reporting to the Education and Training Committee). The EduTrac Working Group created surveys for students and employers to better understand their perspectives on career preparedness through curricular experiences, university services, and mentorship. In addition, I am also actively involved in the steering of the HRSJ Committee and the Co-Chair of the Climate Change Working Group.
With a continuing program of research primarily focused on face processing, an interest in myriad career paths for psychology students, and valuing of strong basic and applied psychological science for the betterment of society, I believe I have the required knowledge, skills, and characteristics to meaningful contribute to the CPA board. Specifically, in addition to collaborating with colleagues on the board on shared interests, I would advocate for consideration of application of psychological science, exploration of career paths for students, and advancement of important interests in the discipline (e.g., research funding, authenticity of curricular and extracurricular experiences, and support for contract faculty).