Presidential Message, World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2021

Over the course of this pandemic, societal, national and global systemic inequities and disparities have been exacerbated and underscored.  These ongoing and ignored injustices can be directly linked to the current mental health crisis, as the most vulnerable among us have little to no access to care. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines rights to safety, health, housing, education, and the benefits of science and culture (Articles 3–28), which by definition must include psychological health and science.  The Declaration states that all people are entitled to these rights “without distinction of any kind” (Article 2.1).  As such, regardless of community or country, addressing access to mental health services is imperative, in order to honor and protect all peoples’ right to psychological health.

Ada L. Sinacore, PhD
President, Canadian Psychological Association


Presidential Message, Truth and Reconcilation Day, September 30, 2021

On this National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, it is important that from coast to coast to coast, we acknowledge the ancestral and traditional lands of all the Inuit, Métis, and First Nations people who call this land home. I am sending this greeting from Montreal, land that has traditionally served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst diverse Indigenous Peoples.  The Kanien’kehà:ka/People of the Flint (Mohawk) are a founding nation of the Haudenosaunee/People of the Longhouse (Iroquois) Confederacy, the traditional stewards of the lands and waters from which I write to you. I have deep respect for the land that I am on today, and for the Indigenous People who have and do reside here. As well, I acknowledge that the Canadian Psychological Association, located in Ottawa, sits on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People.

As we acknowledge these lands and their Peoples, join me in a moment of reflection to recognize the atrocities and abuses, both past and ongoing, and consider how we can each, in our own way, try to move forward in a spirit of truth, reconciliation and allyship. Each of us must reflect on our role in colonization and commit to action that brings about meaningful and lasting change.

Truth and reconciliation require a commitment to listening to the diversity of meanings that Indigenous People bring to this day and honor their perspectives and experiences. This day is a time to affirm the resilience and strengths of the surviving families, and communities as well as those who were lost.  It is also a time, to celebrate the customs, traditions, languages, and cultures of Indigenous Peoples with respect and dignity.

The Canadian Psychological Association and psychology as a discipline emerged in the historical context of colonization and has a responsibility, through the work of its pillars, committees, sections, and governance to bring about Truth and Reconciliation.  CPA holds itself accountable to the recommendations in the association’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Report which has become one of the goals of the association’s strategic plan. As an association, we can and must do more to meet the goals of the TRC report’s Calls to Action. On September 30th, CPA honours this day of Truth and Reconciliation with a series of resources offered to our membership, as well as through events across the country that contribute to increasing awareness, knowledge, and action among psychology and the public in creating allyship with Indigenous Peoples.

Please join me in this moment in history by making a sincere and significant commitment to moving forward, to take action and walk with Indigenous People on this path towards truth and reconciliation.

Ada L. Sinacore, PhD
President, Canadian Psychological Association

‘How can the field of psychology honour this day and the Survivors, their families, and communities?’

Stryker Calvez, Chair of the CPA’s Indigenous Peoples Section and David Danto, Chair of the CPA Standing Committee on Reconciliation have created a webinar entitled ‘How can the field of psychology honour this day and the Survivors, their families, and communities?’ You can access and watch the webinar here.

Federal Election 2021

Federal Election 2021: CPA’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Glenn Brimacombe, reviewed the platforms of the 4 political parties that run candidates in all regions of the country and have standing in the House of Commons. He created a table of excerpts from the parties’ platforms which speak to their respective commitments on the following topics:

  • Health Care
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use Health
  • Research
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Human Rights/Equality/Equity
  • Climate Change
  • Persons Living with Disabilities
  • Conversion Therapy
  • Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Home Care/Long-Term Care
  • Public Health
  • Basic Income

The information in the table, which can help inform members conversations with their candidates, can be found at 2021 Federal Election Platform Comparisons.pdf For more information on the platforms, please go to:

For a list of all Canada’s registered political parties and to access their websites and platforms, go to https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=pol&dir=par&document=index&lang=e

To familiarize yourself with the advocacy activities of the CPA, please go to cpa.ca/advocacy. If you have questions, please send them to PublicAffairs@cpa.ca.

Call for proposals for open access library of interactive educational activities related to psychology

Hello,

We are a team of Psychology scholars in Canada who have been awarded eCampus Ontario funding to create an online, open access library of interactive educational activities related to psychology using primarily H5P software (more below). These interactive activities will be hosted in eCampus Ontario. Student collaborators are encouraged.

Authors retain copyright of their work as defined within CC-BY- NC 4.0, and there are no fees to publish this work.

Psychology is a broad and deep discipline. We welcome proposal submissions from all areas and levels of study in psychology, encourage proposals addressing issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion within psychology, and we especially encourage submissions at the Introductory level. Interactives that speak to the Canadian context, and any strengths, limitations, and next steps are also encouraged. Some examples of possible interactive modules and activities include a scenario-based exploration of academic integrity, a mock survey demonstrating the Barnum effect, case studies to demonstrate various research approaches (and their strengths and limitations) to a shared research question, or an interactive video demonstrating the action potential. These are just a few examples–we are hoping to ultimately support the development of examples that span the discipline of psychology.

Proposals in English and French are welcome. If you wish to submit a proposal for an interactive in a language other than English or French, we encourage you to reach out to us via meghan.norris@queensu.ca so we can work to ensure a submission and review process that will support your submission.

This project is being overseen by:

Meghan Norris, PhD, Queen’s University—project contact, meghan.norris@queensu.ca
Jorden Cummings, PhD, The University of Saskatchewan
Kyle Danielson, PhD, The University of Toronto Scarborough
David Danto, PhD, The University of Guelph-Humber
Eleanor Gittens, PhD, Georgian College
Steve Joordens, PhD, The University of Toronto Scarborough
Adelheid Nicol, PhD, The Royal Military College of Canada
Adam Sandford, PhD, The University of Guelph-Humber
Steven Smith, PhD, Saint Mary’s University
Jennifer Stamp, PhD, Dalhousie University
Leanne Stevens, PhD, Dalhousie University
Stephen Want, PhD, Ryerson University

Project Overview: The intention of this project is to create an accessible and diverse library of resources for the discipline of psychology, tailored to the Canadian context. As part of this project, we are fortunate to have cultural advisors and multimedia support to assist authors in bringing their designs to life in H5P*, and we are hoping to have a large panel of peer reviewers. We hope that this project will grow over time into a truly collective resource that spans the discipline of Psychology. Although submissions related to all levels of psychology are welcomed and encouraged, we are especially soliciting proposals for interactive activities at the introductory level. Interactives selected for development will be published in a “plug and play” manner in PressBooks, hosted by eCampus Ontario.

Please do not let technology limit a proposal for consideration–we are hoping to support ideas for development with technical support wherever possible. If you have content you would like to bring to life, we hope to help. Submissions that include student collaborators are encouraged.

Published interactives will be tagged for easy searching. Tags will include both content-related tags (e.g., “#Neuron”), and level of study (e.g., “#IntroductoryLevel,” “#GraduateLevel”).

*H5P is an open-source software that has many activity types available including interactive videos, games, methods for scenario presentation, and more. Please do not let technology limit a proposal for consideration–we are hoping to support ideas for development with technical support wherever possible. If you have content you would like to bring to life, we hope to help. In addition to H5P, we are actively exploring the ability to program open access content in Rise which can be shared in an open manner by URL. To learn more about available H5P formats, please see the following link: https://h5p.org/content-types-and-applications 

Authorship and Ownership of Work: 

Authors retain ownership over their work. Below are details associated with publishing your open access interactive in this resource:

1. License Grant By agreeing to the following License terms:

1.1 — I (the author(s), copyright owner or agent) agree to the deposit of the Work(s) in an open access bank hosted by eCampus Ontario, titled “The Psychology Commons.” 1.2 — I grant to this resource a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual and royalty-free license to use and reproduce the Work(s) in any medium or format for the purposes of education in psychology.

1.3 – I agree that my work will be made available on the Internet using a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) license. Review the terms of a CC-BY- NC license here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

2. Submitter Warranties

I represent and warrant that:

2.1 — I have the full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and am duly authorised by all rights holder(s) in the Work(s) to deposit or authorise the deposit of the Work(s) and grant the license in this Agreement;

2.2 — the Work(s) is original Work(s) and does not infringe the intellectual property rights, including copyright, of any third party;

2.3 — third party material included in the Work(s) is clearly identified and acknowledged and appropriate permissions have been secured; and

2.4 — the grant of rights in this Agreement does not constitute a breach of any other agreement, publishing or otherwise, including any confidentiality or publication restriction provisions in sponsorship or collaboration agreements governing my research or Work(s) at the University or elsewhere;

2.5 — I promise to inform any person or parties to whom I may hereafter assign or license my copyright in the Work(s) of the rights granted by me to Queen’s University in this non-exclusive license.

3. Publishing Rights I agree that eCampus Ontario:

3.1 — may translate the Work(s) into any medium or format for the purposes of security, archiving, preservation and migration of the Work(s) in eCampus Ontario

3.2 — may reproduce the Work(s) in an accessible format;

3.3 — may apply metadata elements to the Work(s);

3.4 — will exercise reasonable endeavours to preserve the physical integrity of the Work(s), but shall incur no liability for loss or damage to the Work(s);

3.5 — will not be under any obligation to take legal action on behalf of the Work’s author(s) or other rights holders related to any intellectual property rights in the Work(s);

3.6 — retains the right to remove the Work(s) from the Repository without notice for professional, administrative or legal reasons. Upon such an occurrence the metadata record indicating storage of the Work(s) in the Repository may remain visible in perpetuity.

4. Work(s) Author and/or Creator Rights

4.1 — The copyright owner of the Work(s) maintains rights to the work as defined by the CC-BY- NC 4.0 license, described here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
4.2 — The copyright owner(s) of the Work(s) or delegate may, upon written request to the Repository, request to have the Work(s) removed from the repository. By granting this license, the copyright holder acknowledges that the metadata record for the item in the Repository may, at the discretion of repository staff remain visible to the public.

Timeline: Proposals will be evaluated for 2021 fall development until August 31, 2021. After August 31, 2021, submissions will be evaluated as development resources permit. Development of submissions will be rolling, occurring as submissions are accepted.

All projects must be completed by December 1, 2021 to ensure accessibility checks and publication timeline to meet the funder’s deadlines.

Evaluation Metrics and Criteria: Projects will be evaluated on the following metrics:

  • Effective demonstration of a concept related to psychology
  • Scholarly justification for submission (i.e., is there scholarly work that supports the submission)
  • Feasibility for development using H5P
  • Ability for the interactive to be used as a stand-alone resource
  • Integration of considerations related to equity, diversity, and inclusion

To submit a proposal for consideration, please fill out this form: https://queensu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jujm00XleydNv8

For any questions, please email Meghan Norris, PhD, at meghan.norris@queensu.ca

With thanks for your consideration,

The Psychology Commons Development Team

TRAUMATIC STRESS (section of the CPA) EARLY CAREER RESEARCH GRANT: CALL FOR APPPLICATIONS

The Traumatic Stress Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is excited to offer an Early Career Research Grant to fund a 1-year project for Canadian Early Career Scholars in the field of traumatic stress research.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available per project. Applications are due September 5, 2021.

Applications must be submitted electronically via https://cpa.ca/machform/view.php?id=56146

Please click here for eligibility criteria and more information on the call.


Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Statement Concerning the Hate Crime in London, Ontario

Racism, white supremacy, and violent extremism have sadly become more visible and prevalent in society over the past decade. The recent anti-Islamic murder in London, Ontario is another devastating reminder of the danger these ideologies present to marginalized groups, to the Canadian public, and to all societies.

Psychologists can, and must, play a significant role in turning the tide against racism and terrorism. We must also take on the structures and systems that are built on racial disparities and inequities – structures and systems that play a part in creating a culture that leads to more overt racism and hate crimes.

The CPA stands with the Muslim community, and with all other groups that are regularly targeted by online hate and public violence. We are committed to doing everything we can to create a just society that enables all its members to contribute, thrive, and most importantly feel safe, in the communities, workplaces and societies in which they live, work and play, free from racism, prejudice and systemic discrimination.

Registration Still Open to access the recorded content from the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Series

CPA 2021 Conference Logo
The CPA is pleased to announce that registration is still open to access the recorded content from the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Series.

With over 1,000 submissions, a stellar line-up of keynote addresses and section featured speakers, and 6-month of on-demand access, this is an event not to be missed!

Visit the CPA’s Convention website to learn more and register! https://convention.cpa.ca/


CPA Statement on the Discovery of the Mass Grave of Indigenous Children in Kamloops

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is horrified to learn about the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of a Residential School in Kamloops BC. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and Indigenous communities who are grieving this incalculable loss. We stand alongside Indigenous communities in grief, anger and sorrow. The CPA is committed to being a partner and an ally in healing, mental health and wellness for Indigenous communities across the country. Read more in Psychology’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report: https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Task_Forces/TRC%20Task%20Force%20Report_FINAL.pdf


Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans Funding Opportunities – Deadline Extended to May 31, 2021!

As the national leader in Veterans’ chronic pain research, the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans is pleased to offer the below funding opportunities for 2021-2022.
Please click on the opportunities to learn more and apply.
Should you have any questions, please e-mail research@vcp-vdc.ca.

Research Funding Application Deadline
Expression of Interest: Construct(s) to Measure ‘Lifeskills and Preparedness’ May 31, 2021
Expression of Interest: Construct(s) to Measure ‘Housing and Physical Environment’ May 31, 2021
Expression of Interest: Needs of Veteran Populations to Inform Civilian Healthcare Providers May 31, 2021
Expression of Interest: Effectiveness of Veteran Peer Coaching May 31, 2021
Graduate Scholarships
François Dupéré Graduate Scholarship – Master’s May 31, 2021
Centre of Excellence Graduate Scholarship – Master’s May 31, 2021
Centre of Excellence Graduate Scholarship – PhD May 31, 2021

Message Regarding the CPA/CPAP BMS Liability Insurance Program

BMS, CPA logo
Dear Members,

We hope that you are continuing to stay healthy during this challenging time.

In early May, you will receive the 2021-2022 CPA/CPAP[1] Liability Insurance Program renewal from the program’s broker, BMS. You will see that Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) premium has increased this year. This increase is a direct reflection of increased claims, where millions of dollars of claims costs have been paid under the psychology program to defend and protect insured members.

The premium charged this year is substantiated by actuarial analysis and has been negotiated to keep the increase to the lowest amount acceptable to the Insurer to renew the policy.

2021-2022 Professional Liability Insurance coverage

Your CPA/CPAP policy is in place to provide coverage for legal defence costs and monetary judgements should a professional liability complaint or lawsuit be made against you. Each insured member can access up to $10M per claim and per year to defend against insured claims.

Another important element is the Regulatory Legal Expense coverage, where members can access up to $300,000 per claim and per year to pay the costs of legal defence associated with a complaint made to your regulatory body (professional College). This is an essential piece of coverage as more than 80% of claims under the CPA/CPAP program in any given year are College complaints, where legal defence costs can range from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We are aware that in an effort to reduce insurance claims, other programs or policies for psychologists have removed coverage for defence against College complaints and disciplinary hearings. While this may result in lower premiums, it also leaves psychologists without the kind of insurance coverage they are most likely to need. BMS is committed to ensuring that members are provided with comprehensive coverage that represents the needs and greatest practice exposures for psychologists.

Psychologists who are members of both CPA and a participating provincial/territorial association will continue to receive a discount on their premiums. Please feel free to connect with BMS at 1-855-318-6038 or psy.insurance@bmsgroup.com if you have any questions about the policy. To share any queries with the management of the program, contact executiveoffice@cpa.ca.

We thank you for your participation in this program and the confidence you have placed in Canada’s associations of psychology. Be safe, stay well.

[1] The CPA/CPAP program is available to members of CPA as well as members of the provincial/territorial associations of psychology who make up the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP).

Invitation: 29 April, 14:00 UTC | 16:00 CEST The two psychologies of the pandemic: from ‘fragile rationality’ to ‘collective resilience’

As part of the International Science Council’s ongoing engagement with scholars and contemporary thinkers, this webinar, in partnership with the International Union of Psychological Science will consider how the pandemic is impacting on the psychological sciences.

The webinar will address the following two questions:
1. How have different branches of psychology provided useful insights into thinking about the pandemic and in formulating responses to the pandemic?
2. How has the pandemic impacted on developments within psychology and on the changing relationship of psychology to other disciplines?

The webinar, featuring Stephen Reicher as the Keynote Speaker will be moderated by Craig Calhoun with Rifka Weehuizen, Shahnaaz Suffla and Jay Van Bavel as discussants.

Saths Cooper, Deputy Chair of the ISC Committee on Freedom & Responsibility in Science (CFRS), and Past President of the International Union of Psychological Science will introduce the webinar.

“This timely webinar lays bare some of the stark contradictions that COVID-19 has exposed. Pandemic profiteering, vaccine nationalism and other narrow approaches to our global condition only deepen the chasm, increase insecurity and damage the opportunity to create a better future. Our fractured world needs healing and deeper understanding of the issues that the webinar will cover” Saths Cooper

To see more information and to register, please visit: https://council.science/events/psychology-of-pandemic/

Three Upcoming Career-focused Webinars for CPA Student Affiliates!

Building on the huge success of the CPA’s inaugural virtual Career Fair in November 2020, the CPA, in collaboration with the CPA’s Industrial/Organizational Section, will be hosting three career-focused webinars in the month of May for Student Affiliates of the CPA.

The sessions will focus on some of the most important elements in starting and advancing one’s career:

  1. Searching for a job and writing a customized CV/cover letter (May 6th, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET)
    https://secure.cpa.ca/apps/Pages/ams-event-details/160558?isPreview=False
  2. Preparing for an interview (May 13th, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET)
    https://secure.cpa.ca/apps/Pages/ams-event-details/160679?isPreview=False
  3. Negotiating an employment agreement/contract/salary (May 20th, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET).
    https://secure.cpa.ca/apps/Pages/ams-event-details/160684?isPreview=False

Please note that space is limited for each webinar and that registration for the webinars is restricted to CPA Student Affiliates.

Register now for any or all of the webinars. Cost for each webinar is $10.00.

Notice of the 2021 Annual General Meeting

The eighty-second Annual General Meeting of the members of the Canadian Psychological Association will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm (EST), for the purposes of:

  1. receiving and considering the annual report of the President and Committees of the Association, and approving the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting;
  2. receiving and considering the financial statements, the report of the Auditor and any change in Membership and Affiliation Fees; 
  3. appointing of an Auditor;
  4. election of the Board of Directors

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, on the sixth day of April 2021. 
Karen R. Cohen, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer


Call for Nominations for the 2021 CPA Board of Directors

Nominations are required for the positions of: 

  • Director-at-Large

Note: All Board terms are for three years (beginning in June).

As specified in By-Law 5.04, Directors shall be elected by the members by ordinary resolution at an annual meeting of members at which an election of Directors is required.

Instructions for Nominations

As per By-Law 5.06, any CPA Member can submit a nomination for election to the Board of Directors for the open positions, not less than 30 nor more than 65 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting of Members (AGM). A call for an electronic advance vote will be issued before the AGM. Advance voting will occur by electronic vote.

Members and Fellows of the Canadian Psychological Association are invited to make nominations for the position listed above.  Each nomination must include a curriculum vitae for the candidate, including educational background, present and former positions, and research and/or professional activities. It must be accompanied by a letter from the nominator and four letters of support that state the position for which the candidate is being nominated, express support for the candidate, and contains a statement to the effect that the nominator has ascertained the candidate’s willingness to stand for nomination. The nomination letter and letters of support must come from CPA Members or Fellows. In addition, each nomination must include a statement from the nominee, not to exceed 250 words, that indicates the nominee’s highest degree and current positions(s) as well as any credentials, major awards, and licenses held. Most importantly, the letter should detail the qualities, interests and goals the candidate brings to their nomination, as well as a picture to be used on the electronic ballot. 

The names and supporting materials of nominees must be received at CPA Head Office by May 10th, 2021 and should be sent by email to:
governance@cpa.ca

For the Present Board Representation please click here

Please take this opportunity to speak with colleagues and friends about running for a seat on the CPA Board of Directors.  Your association needs you – membership engagement makes for a strong and successful organization!

**Please note that CPA affiliates and associates are not eligible to run for a seat on the CPA Board of Directors.

CPA 2020-2021 Honorary President Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon

CPA 2020-2021 Honorary President Dr. Benoit-Antoine BaconThe CPA is excited to announce the selection of the 2020-2021 Honorary President. Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President & Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University, has graciously accepted the invitation from CPA President Dr. Kim Corace. Says Dr. Corace,

“Dr. Bacon has demonstrated tremendous leadership in promoting mental health and substance use awareness through the University, in the community and nationally. His tireless commitment to addressing and de-stigmatizing mental health and substance use has helped drive mental health transformation at Carleton University and beyond.”

The selection of Dr. Bacon as Honorary President is the most recent in a venerable list that includes Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Dr. Donna Markham, The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Ms. Mary Walsh, and more. We look forward to hearing Dr. Bacon’s address at the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Annual Convention, taking place June 7 – 25.

Passing of Dr. David R. Evans

The CPA Board and staff are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. David Evans, a past-President of the CPA (1996) and an Honorary Life Fellow. Dr. Evans was a professor emeritus at Western University, having been a professor in the clinical psychology program at Western for 30 years. Dr. Evans consulted to many health and police agencies over the course of his career and served on the leadership of several organizations of psychology provincially, nationally and internationally. Among his many publications, he is well known for his most recent books The Law, Standards, and Ethics in the Practice of Psychology (3rd ed., Carswell); Essential Interviewing (8th ed., Brooks/Cole); Cultural Clinical Psychology (Oxford University Press) and the Handbook of Clinical Health Psychology (Academic Press). The CPA extends its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. The discipline and profession is built on the contributions of its leaders.

Black History Month: Dr. Olivia Hooker

Dr. Olivia Hooker with President Obama
As a psychologist, Dr. Olivia Hooker worked to change the unfair treatment inflicted upon inmates at a New York State women’s correctional facility. In 1963 she went to work at Fordham University as an APA Honours Psychology professor, and was an early director at the Kennedy Child Study Center in New York City.

About Olivia Hooker

Olivia Hooker was six years old when she lived through the 1921 Tulsa race massacre in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She went on to become the first Black woman in the US Coast Guard, joining during World War II in February of 1945. She later went back to the Coast Guard, joining the Auxiliary in Yonkers, NY at the age of 95 in 2010.

Her GI benefits allowed her to get a Masters from Columbia University, followed by a PhD in psychology at the University of Rochester.

As a psychologist, Hooker worked to change the unfair treatment inflicted upon inmates at a New York State women's correctional facility. In 1963 she went to work at Fordham University as an APA Honours Psychology professor, and was an early director at the Kennedy Child Study Center in New York City.

Honoured by the American Psychological Association, the Coast Guard, President Obama, and a Google Doodle, Olivia Hooker died in 2018 at the age of 103.
#BlackHistoryMonth

Black History Month: Inez Beverly Prosser


Inez Beverly Prosser was a Texas native who taught in segregated schools in the early 1900s. She travelled to the University of Cincinnati to obtain her doctorate in 1933, making her the first Black woman with a PhD in psychology.

About Inez Beverly Prosser

Very little is known about Inez Beverly Prosser, a Texas native who taught in segregated schools in the early 1900s. Her state's universities were segregated, so she travelled to the University of Cincinnati to obtain her doctorate in 1933, making her the first Black woman with a PhD in psychology.

Sadly, Dr. Prosser was killed in a car accident a year after earning her PhD, but her dissertation was widely discussed for years afterward. She found that Black students in segregated schools had better mental health and social skills than those in integrated schools - in large part because of the prejudicial attitudes of the white teachers in those integrated schools. https://feministvoices.com/profiles/inez-beverly-prosser

Black History Month: Kenneth & Mamie Phipps Clark

February is Black History Month and to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions that Black Psychologists have made to the discipline and the world, the CPA will be highlighting historically significant Black Psychologists throughout the month (#BlackHistoryMonth).

Kenneth & Mamie Phipps Clark were psychologists famous for their ‘doll experiment’. Their findings, that even black children showed preference for white dolls from as early as three years old, played a role in outlawing segregation.

About Kenneth and Mamie Clark
Kenneth & Mamie Phipps Clark were psychologists famous for their 'doll experiment'. Their findings, that even black children showed preference for white dolls from as early as three years old, played a role in outlawing segregation.
The Clarks testified in the Briggs vs. Elliott case that challenged school segregation in South Carolina in 1952. That case later became one of five that were combined into the more famous Brown vs. Board of Education two years later.
Mamie was the director of the Northside Center for Child Development for three decades, and Kenneth was the first Black president of the American Psychological Association

Call for Applications! CPA Student Section Executive/ Appliquez pour une position au sein du conseil exécutif!

French version follows / La version française suit. 


Dear Fellow Students,

I hope you are all having a wonderful start of the Winter semester.

Although our academic year is only halfway over, we are already looking towards next year. The Student Section Executive is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Executive positions. A number of positions have become available for the 2021-2022 academic year:

(a) Chair-Elect
(b) Graduate Student Affairs Executive
(c) Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Executive (new position!)
(d) Francophone Affairs Executive

Detailed position descriptions in English and French can be found here or on our website: https://cpa.ca/students/about/executiveduties/

To apply for one of these five positions, please send the following to Alanna Chu, our Communications Executive at: com.cpastudentsection@gmail.com

  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 (250-300 words)
  2. A short biography that includes information on academic activities, academic goals, and personal interests (250-300 words)
  3. Your curriculum vitae

You may submit application materials in either English or French. Statements of intent and biographies will be translated and posted on the CPA website for the election phase (30 days).

DEADLINE: February 28th, 2021 at 11:59 PM 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: chair.cpastudentsection@gmail.com

Looking forward to your applications!

Joanna Collaton
Chair, Section for Students in Psychology
Canadian Psychological Association

https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Students/Elections Information 2021.pdf


Chers étudiants,

J’espère que le début de votre session d’hiver se déroule à merveille.

Malgré le fait que l’année académique n’est encore qu’à mi-chemin, nous sommes déjà en train de penser à l’année prochaine. Le conseil exécutif pour la Section des étudiants de la SCP accepte maintenant des candidatures pour l’année 2021-2022. Un nombre positions sont devenues disponibles pour l’année académique 2021-2022 incluant:

(a) Président-désigné
(b) Directeur/Directrice des affaires de troisième cycle
(c) Directeur/Directrice de la justice, l’équité, la diversité et l’inclusion (nouvelle position !)
(d) Directeur/Directrice des affaires francophones

Des descriptions détaillées des positions et du processus d’élection peuvent être retrouvées ici ou sur notre site web : https://cpa.ca/fr/etudiants/etudiantsenpsychologie/sommaire-des-taches-executives/

Pour appliquer pour ces positions, s’il vous plait envoyez les documents suivants à Alanna Chu Palermo, notre directrice des communications, à l’adresse suivante: com.cpastudentsection@gmail.com

  1. Une déclaration d’intérêt qui indique la position pour laquelle vous désirez appliquer pour, pourquoi vous aimeriez occuper cette position et quelles qualités vous amèneriez à la position (250-300 mots maximum);
  2. Une courte biographie qui inclut de l’information sur vos activités académiques, vos objectifs académiques et vos intérêts personnels (250-300 mots maximum)
  3. Votre curriculum vitae

DATE LIMITE: 28 Février 2021 à 23h59

S’il vous plait soumettez vos documents d’application en anglais ou en français. Les déclarations d’intérêt et les biographies seront affichées sur le site web de la SCP pour l’élection après que tous les documents des postulants soient reçus le 28 Février 2021. Une période de vote de 30 jours suivra. Davantage d’information à propos des procédures de vote sera fournie à une date ultérieure.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à me contacter à l’adresse suivante : chair.cpastudentsection@gmail.com

Au plaisir de lire vos candidatures!

Joanna Collaton
Présidente, Section des étudiants en psychologie
Société canadienne de psychologie

https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Students/Elections Information 2021.pdf


Call for nominations for International Science Council Awards to be presented at the ISC General Assembly in 2021

The nominations are to recognize individuals, groups, and initiatives launched by the ISC and its members that serve to advance science as a global public good, by, for example promoting international, interdisciplinary scientific research cooperation, striving to bring scientific knowledge into the public domain, innovating in science education and outreach, or promoting the free and responsible practice of science. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for Canadian nominations in any of the five categories: Science for Sustainability, Science for Policy, Policy for Science, Scientific Freedom and Responsibility and Early Career Scientist.

Please submit nominations to Geoffroy Lambrecht, Geoffroy.lambrecht@nrc-crnc.gc.ca by February 5.

https://council.science/what-we-do/isc-awards-programme/

Welcome Ada L. Sinacore, PhD, CPA President-Elect

Welcome Ada L. Sinacore, PhD, CPA President-Elect

Ada L. Sinacore
The CPA is happy to announce that Professor Ada L. Sinacore has been elected by the CPA board as President for 2021-2022. Professor Sinacore will serve as President-Elect between now and the Annual General Meeting, at which point she will replace current president Dr. Kim Corace. While all members of the Board are elected by the membership, the President is elected by the Board.  Professor Sinacore’s appointment followed from a process inviting all members of the Board to submit a candidacy statement to the Board for consideration. After a review, the Board voted to elect Professor Sinacore from among the candidates.

Ada L. Sinacore, Ph.D. is a professor in, and the Graduate Program Director for, the Counselling Psychology Program at McGill UniversityAs well, she is an associate member of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and the Director of the Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab.  Professor Sinacore has over 25 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations, publications and activism addressing social justice and human rights concerns at the individual, institutional, societal and policy levels.

She is actively involved in research that addresses topics related to societal inequities and disparities in education and mental health such as workplace harassment, bullying, gender based violence and sexual violence. Additionally, Professor Sinacore has chaired the accreditation panel and has been active in a range of activities with CPA.  As well, she is a member of the advisory council of the Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights. Professor Sinacore has received numerous honors and awards and is actively sought out for her expertise in consultation and program evaluation.

Professor Sinacore says,

“It is imperative during these uncertain times that we have leadership that is informed by Human Rights and Social Justice. Goal five of CPA’s Strategic Plan explicitly states: “To be an association that promotes and models equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all we do.” As we have seen in this past year the organization has a great deal of work to do with regard to EDI. As an academic who has devoted her career to producing scholarship and informing teaching using the lens of social justice and diversity, I believe any initiatives related to EDI need to be informed by the principles of human rights and social justice.”

Congratulations Professor Sinacore, we look forward to your leadership and collaboration in the coming year.


CPA’s “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets responding to COVID-19

The CPA has produced a series of Fact Sheets in response to the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Why Does Culture Matter to COVID-19? – PDF | HTML 06/04/2020
  • Grief, Bereavement and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 05/12/2020
  • Research Funding Information as relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 05/08/2020
  • Guidance for Psychology Students as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 05/08/2020
  • Guidance for Psychology Faculty and Researchers as Relates to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 05/08/2020
  • Emotional and Psychological Challenges Faced by Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic – PDF | HTML 04/07/2020
  • Psychological Practice and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML 03/18/2020
  • Student Wellness and COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 04/02/2020
  • Helping Teens Cope with the Impacts of and Restrictions Related to COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 03/31/2020
  • Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML 03/20/2020
  • Working from Home During COVID-19, With and Without Children – PDF | HTML 03/17/2020
  • Coping With and Preventing COVID-19 – PDF | HTML 04/04/2020

You can find all of our “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets here


Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science Call for Nominations – Editor: 2021 – 2025

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has opened nominations for the Editorship of Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science for the years 2021-2025. Candidates must be members of the CPA and should be available to start receiving manuscripts July 1, 2021 to prepare for issues to be published in 2022.

To self-nominate or nominate candidates, prepare a brief statement of approximately one page in support of the nomination. Nominations, accompanied by the nominee’s vitae, should be submitted before January 22, 2021 to:

Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker
ATTENTION: Chair, CPA Publications Committee
Canadian Psychological Association
Email: executiveoffice@cpa.ca

Interested individuals may obtain more information directly from the Editor, Allison J. Ouimet via email at Allison.Ouimet@uottawa.ca.

Click here to download the announcement (PDF)


The CPA is now receiving abstracts for its 2021 convention.


Spanning three weeks from June 7th – 25th, the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Event will provide many opportunities for personal and professional growth, and highlight the many ways in which the science, practice, and education of psychology can benefit society, improve lives, and advance the discipline.

Click here to submit an abstract.

  1. Deadline for submissions for 3- and 6-hour workshops extended to January 22nd, 2021.
  2. Deadline for submissions for all other presentation types is January 22nd, 2021.

CPA members, affiliates and non-members and non-affiliates are encouraged to submit!

If you have any questions, please consult the FAQ page.


CPA’s 2020 Student Research Grants: Rules and Eligibility Criteria – DEADLINE NOV. 27th, 4pm!

CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS : RULES AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) wishes to support student research in all areas of psychology.

Funding up to $1,500.00 is available per project.  For 2020, a maximum of 10 awards will be dispersed.  Deadline for applications is Friday November 27, 2020 at 4pm EST.

At the time of application and if successful, over the term of the grant, the applicant/grantee must be a graduate student affiliate in good standing of the CPA; enrolled full-time in a psychology graduate program at a provincially or territorially chartered Canadian University. The applicant’s/grantee’s direct supervisor must also be a member in good standing of the CPA.

Students can only be funded once from this funding opportunity.

The adjudication committee will consider the following in evaluating proposals:

  1. Applicant’s Qualifications
    • Scholarships & Awards
    • Publications
    • Conference Presentations & Other Relevant Experience
  2. Merits of Proposal
    • Rationale & Background
    • Feasibility, Design & Methods
    • Potential Impact & Originality

NEW THIS YEAR!

CPA logoCSBBCS logo

One additional award valued at $1,500.00 will be given out to a proposal specific to the Brain and Cognitive Sciences; this award is financially co-sponsored by Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS).  To apply for this award, a student applicant/grantee and their supervisor must be an affiliate/member in good standing, at the time of application and over the term of the grant (if successful), of either the CPA or the CSBBCS.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applications must be submitted electronically via this link: https://cpa.ca/machform/view.php?id=15577

Applications can be submitted in English or in French.

Application requirements include:

  1. An abstract of 250 words or less summarizing the research.
  2. A description (maximum 5 double-spaced pages including references, figures) outlining:
    1. the rationale and background, feasibility, design and methods, potential impact, and originality
  3. Status/proof of REB review process (i.e. acknowledgement/confirmation from REB that application has been received, process is underway, or approval has been granted)
  4. Specific amount requested, including an itemized budget.
  5. CV of applying student.
  6. A statement from the student’s department chair that the department supports the student’s application and will comply with the CPA’s rules for funds administration if the student’s application is successful. The letter must note that expenditures will only be authorized once REB approval or registration is obtained.  The appropriate University administrator’s name, email address, postal address, title and business phone number should be indicated.

Applications not meeting all of the proposal requirements will not be considered for funding.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

For funded projects, the CPA will release funds upon receiving a valid certificate of compliance from the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the applicant’s institution along with confirmation of affiliate status from the CPA’s Membership Department (or the CSBBCS’s Membership Department in the case of the CPA-CSBBCS Joint Award).

RESPONSIBILITIES OF GRANT RECIPIENTS

Successful applicants will be expected to provide a final (or progress) report to the CPA’s Scientific Affairs Committee (science@cpa.ca) of the outcome of their research (approximately 500 words) within 18-months of receiving funding. Successful applicants will also be expected to submit a 150-word write up of their research for Psynopsis, the CPA’s quarterly magazine. The CPA should be acknowledged in any publications or presentations resulting from the research.  Unused funds after the defense of the thesis must be returned to the CPA.

GENERAL RULES

  • Note that only one of the following grants can be held at any given time: CPA Student Research Grant, CPA Student Section Research Grant, BMS-sponsored Research or Leadership Grant. Eligible students can apply for one or more of these grants but can only hold one grant.
  • At the time of application and if successful, over the term of the grant, the applicant/grantee must be a graduate student affiliate in good standing of the CPA (or the CSBBCS in the case of the CPA-CSBBCS Joint Award); enrolled full time in a psychology graduate program at provincially or territorially chartered Canadian University.
  • At the time of application and over the term of the grant (if successful), the applicant’s/grantee’s direct supervisor must also be a member in good standing of the CPA (or the CSBBCS in the case of the CPA-CSBBCS Joint Award)
  • Proposals with co-applicants will not be accepted/considered.
  • Grants are awarded to eligible student researchers and are administered through the institution’s administration systems. The student grantee authorizes expenditures in accordance with the CPA’s policies and requirements, as outlined here, and with institution policies. No one may initiate or authorize expenditures from the CPA grant account without the student grantee’s delegated authority.
  • Grant funds must contribute towards the direct costs of the research for which the funds were awarded, and the benefits should be directly attributable to the grant. The institution pays for the indirect or overhead costs associated with managing the research funded by CPA.
  • Expenditures will only be authorized once Research Ethics Board (REB) approval is obtained.
  • Each institution establishes appropriate procedures, systems and controls to ensure that the CPA’s requirements are followed. The institution has the right and responsibility to withhold and withdraw approval of expenditures proposed by a student grantee that contravene the CPA’s requirements or the institution’s policies and, when appropriate, to seek advice or ruling from the CPA as to eligibility of expenses.
  • The CPA follows the Canadian tax regulation for reporting and as such, will be required to issue a T4A. Please contact the CPA’s Executive Assistant, Kimberley Black via telephone: Local: 613-237-2144, ext. 323; Toll-free : 1-888-472-0657 ext. 323, to provide your Social Insurance Number.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

  • Research personnel (e.g., research assistant)
  • Consulting fees (e.g., programmer, statistician)
  • Fees paid for the purpose of participant recruitment, such as modest incentives to consider participation (i.e., to establish a potential participant pool), where approved by a Research Ethics Board
  • Fees paid to research participants, such as modest incentives for participation, where approved by a Research Ethics Board
  • Materials

NON-ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

  • Costs of alcohol
  • Costs of entertainment, hospitality and gifts
  • Travel/registration/accommodation costs related to attending a conference
  • Costs related to staff awards and recognition
  • Education-related costs such as thesis preparation, tuition and course fees, leading up to a degree
  • Costs involved in the preparation of teaching materials
  • Costs of basic services such as heat, light, water, compressed air, distilled water, vacuums and janitorial services supplied to all laboratories in a research facility
  • Insurance costs for buildings or equipment
  • Costs associated with regulatory compliance, including ethical review, biohazard, or provincial or municipal regulations and by-laws
  • Monthly parking fees for vehicles, unless specifically required for field work
  • Sales taxes to which an exemption or rebate applies
  • Costs of regular clothing
  • Patenting expenses
  • Costs of moving a lab

APPLICATION FORM

You cans submit your application here: https://cpa.ca/machform/view.php?id=15577

BMS Scholarship: Student Research and Leadership Development – DEADLINE NOV. 27th, 4pm!

BMS SCHOLARSHIP:

STUDENT RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Sponsored by BMS, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychology (CPAP) wish to support student research and leadership development in all areas of psychology.

For 2020:

  • Up to two (2) awards will be dispersed per project for research-based submissions, at amounts up to $2,500.00 per application.
  • Up to five (5) awards will be dispersed to individuals wishing to pursue training, either practice or leadership focused, at amounts up to $500.00 per application.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

At the time of application and if successful, over the term of the grant,

  • the applicant must be a current graduate student affiliate of the CPA and/or a current graduate student member of a provincial psychological association; enrolled full time in a psychology graduate program at a provincially or territorially chartered Canadian University; and
  • the applicant’s direct supervisor must also be a current member of the CPA and/or a provincial psychological association.

Of note, students can only be funded once during the lifetime of this funding program.

Applications by co-applicants will not be accepted/considered.

USE OF FUNDS

Awarded funds can be used to cover expenses as follows:

Research-Based Submissions Leadership and Practice-Focused Submissions
Direct research costs such as participant honorarium equipment, research assistant (see Eligible and Not Eligible Expenses for full list) but cannot be used to fund travel to attend conferences. Enrollment in a course/workshop, registration for a leadership or practice event, or other activity with appropriate justification.

ADJUDICATION OF APPLICATIONS

In evaluating applications, the adjudication committee will consider the following:

Research-Based Submissions Leadership and Practice-Focused Submissions
Applicant’s Qualifications (scholarships & awards, publications, conference presentations & other relevant experience)

Merits of Proposal (rationale & background; feasibility, design & methods; potential impact & originality)

Relevance to career development

Area of psychological study and practice

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applications can be submitted in English or in French. Applications not meeting all proposal requirements will not be considered for funding.

Research-based Submissions Leadership and Practice-Focused Submissions
·         An abstract of 250 words or less summarizing the research project.

·         A description (maximum 5 double-spaced pages including references, figures) outlining the rationale and background, feasibility, design and methods, potential impacts, and originality.

·         Status/proof of REB review process. (i.e. acknowledgement/confirmation from REB that application has been received, process is underway, or approval has been granted)

·         Specific amount requested, including an itemized budget.  If the BMS funding will only cover part of the costs, indicate institutional, personal, or other sources of support sought or obtained.

·         CV of applying student.

·         A statement from the student’s department chair that the department supports the student’s application and will comply with the CPA’s rules for funds administration if the student’s application is successful.  The appropriate University administrator’s name, email address, postal address, title, and business phone number should be indicated. For research applications, the letter must note that expenditures will only be authorized once REB approval is obtained.

·         A description (maximum 5 double-spaced pages) outlining the focus of the practice or leadership activity, an overview of when/were the activity will take place, duration of the activity, intended objectives of the activity, and relevance to the applicant’s career development.

·         Status/proof of event/activity registration.

·         Specific amount requested.  If the BMS funding will only cover part of the costs, indicate institutional, personal, or other sources of support sought or obtained.

·         CV of applying student.

·         A statement from the student’s department chair that the department supports the student’s application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION PROCESS

Applications for the 2020 awards must be received by 4pm EST on November 27, 2020.  The winners will be announced by late December.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the appropriate link

Research-Based Submissions Leadership and Practice-Focused Submissions
https://cpa.ca/machform/view.php?id=30292 https://cpa.ca/machform/view.php?id=30405

RELEASE OF FUNDS

For funded research projects, the CPA will release funds to the student’s university upon receiving a valid certificate of compliance from the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the applicant’s institution.

For funded practice and leadership-focused activities, the CPA will release funds directly to the funded applicant upon receiving confirmation of registration in the specified activity.

GENERAL RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF GRANT RECIPIENTS
Note that only one of the following grants can be held at any given time: CPA Student Research Grant, CPA Student Section Research Grant, BMS-sponsored Research or Leadership Grant. Eligible students can apply for one or more of these grants but can only hold one grant.

Successful applicants will be expected to provide a final (or progress) report to the CPA (approximately 500 words) within 18 months of receiving funding; successful applicants will also be expected to submit a 150-word write up for Psynopsis and their provincial association’s newsletter or website.

BMS should be acknowledged in any publications or presentations resulting from the research or presenting on the leadership or practice activity.

Research funds are awarded to eligible students and are administered through the institution’s administration systems. The student grantee authorizes expenditures in accordance with the CPA’s policies and requirements, as outlined here, and with institution policies. No one may initiate or authorize expenditures from the CPA grant account without the student grantee’s delegated authority. Each institution establishes appropriate procedures, systems and controls to ensure that the CPA’s requirements are followed. The institution has the right and responsibility to withhold and withdraw approval of expenditures proposed by a student grantee that contravene the CPA’s requirements or the institution’s policies and, when appropriate, to seek advice or ruling from the CPA as to eligibility of expenses.

Funds must contribute towards the direct costs of the research or practice/leadership training for which the funds were awarded, and the benefits should be directly attributable to the grant. For research awards, the institution pays for the indirect or overhead costs associated with managing the research funded by the CPA.

The CPA follows the Canadian tax regulation for reporting and as such, will be required to issue a T4A.  The CPA will provide funded applicants with a secure link by which to obtain their social insurance number.

ELIGIBLE RESEARCH GRANT EXPENSES

  • Research personnel (e.g., research assistant)
  • Consulting fees (e.g., programmer, statistician)
  • Fees paid for the purpose of participant recruitment, such as modest incentives to consider participation (i.e., to establish a potential participant pool), where approved by a Research Ethics Board
  • Fees paid to research participants, such as modest incentives for participation, where approved by a Research Ethics Board
  • Materials

ELIGIBLE PRACTICE/LEADERSHIP EXPENSES

  • Registration fees to participate in practice or leadership event
  • Fees for print or digital materials to support learning objectives of event
  • Travel and hotel costs to attend in-person even
  • Meal costs (based on CPA schedule) not otherwise provided by in-person event

NON-ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

  • Costs of alcohol
  • Costs of entertainment, hospitality and gifts
  • Travel/registration/accommodation costs related to attending a conference
  • Costs related to staff awards and recognition
  • Education-related costs such as thesis preparation, tuition and course fees, leading up to a degree
  • Costs involved in the preparation of teaching materials
  • Costs of basic services such as heat, light, water, compressed air, distilled water, vacuums and janitorial services supplied to all laboratories in a research facility
  • Insurance costs for buildings or equipment
  • Costs associated with regulatory compliance, including ethical review, biohazard, or provincial or municipal regulations and by-laws
  • Monthly parking fees for vehicles, unless specifically required for field work
  • Sales taxes to which an exemption or rebate applies
  • Costs of regular clothing
  • Patenting expenses
  • Costs of moving a lab

The CPA has created an electronic submission system for Providers and Sponsors submitting applications to grant CPA-approved Continuing Education credit through CPA’s Continuing Education (CE) Approval Programme.

The CPA has created an electronic submission system for Providers and Sponsors submitting applications to grant CPA-approved Continuing Education credit through CPA’s Continuing Education (CE) Approval Programme.

This change also applies to existing Sponsors submitting Annual Reports for 2020-2021. This change in submission procedures includes the development of an online system for processing credit card payments. Details are available at https://cpa.ca/professionaldevelopment/applicationforms/ (English) or https://cpa.ca/fr/professionaldevelopment/applicationforms/ (French).

Spotlight: CPA Student Mentor Emily Cruikshank and Mentee Lucy Muir

Emily Cruikshank photo

Emily and Lucy

In 1958 a woman named Sue immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong. She faced a language barrier, culture shock, and a brand-new community into which she was entering. It must have been quite difficult, but also quite fascinating, to experience everything that was new and different about our country. Emily Cruikshank thinks about Sue, her grandmother, a lot. What frightened her? What amused her? What did she find overwhelming, and what did she take to right away? And how did she manage to make connections with other people despite all the obstacles?

Emily thinks about Sue because her experience has been very different. Emily makes connections quite easily, sometimes in ways that come as a surprise.
Lucy Muir photo
When students sign up for the CPA’s Student Mentorship program, they fill out a questionnaire that, much like a dating site, pairs them with a mentor or mentee that shares common traits. Are they looking to follow a similar career path? Is their reason for choosing psychology aligned with that of the other person? What are they looking to get out of their school, their courses, and their affiliation with the CPA?

Every now and then, the partnership that is formed goes well beyond the commonalities identified by that questionnaire. Such is the case with Lucy Muir, an undergrad psychology student at Ryerson, and her mentor Emily Cruikshank, a PhD student at the University of Alberta.

Emily is really into popular music – the way pop songs affect people, the way they influence culture, and the music of history that shapes the music of today. Before going to Ryerson for psychology, Lucy spent six years working across Canada in the radio industry.

TAKE FIVE WITH EMILY CRUIKSHANK AND LUCY MUIR

What is the psychological concept (bystander apathy, confirmation bias, that sort of thing) that blew you away when you first heard it?
Emily: So many! Psychology is such a rich and interesting field. But one that really shook me has to do with situational attribution or the idea that the role you are given can impact your behaviour so much. When I first learned about the Stanford Prison Experiment and the Milgram Shock Experiment I could not believe that people could do such awful things based on suggestions. But once I understood the motivation behind these actions I realized that none of us are that far off from “shocking” an innocent person!
Lucy: The rubber hand illusion! That’s and experiment where the participant has one hand out on the table, and their other hand is hidden behind an object. Then the researcher puts a rubber hand where that hidden hand would ordinarily be, beside the real hand. Then the researcher strokes your hidden hand and the rubber hand at the same time. Eventually, the participant feels the sensation IN the rubber hand. They feel as if that rubber hand is part of their body!

Do you have a sport? What is it and do you watch, play, follow it?
Emily: I am slowly getting better at long-distance running, and I love following some of the big long-distance runners in Canada and all over the world. But my all-time favourite sport is Rhythmic Gymnastics. I was on a provincial-level team when I was a young girl and I fell in love with the strength and beauty of the sport. I think it is such an amazing combination of athleticism, dance and art. My mom and I always watch the world championships and the Olympics together.
Lucy: Both of us are long distance runners. When I’d go for a long run, weird stuff was happening in my brain, and that’s one of the things that got me into psychology – I thought, ‘I want to know more about what is going on!’

If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes who would it be and why
Lucy: As I’m answering all these questions, I’m thinking maybe I want to be a Broadway star! I’m always thinking about Broadway. So I’d love to spend a day in the mind and shoes of any of the cast members of Hamilton!
Emily: Oh my gosh, right!? I totally agree. Anyone from Hamilton. But I still think I would choose my grandma when she first came to Canada. I have always been so amazed at her strength in coming to Canada from Hong Kong and wondered what it must have been like for her.

If you could become an expert at something outside psychology, what would it be?
Emily: I would love to be an expert in popular music. It’s an area I love, I took one class in my undergraduate degree on the topic, and I think it is so cool that you could become an academic on something that impacts and changes our culture so heavily and at such a quick pace!
Lucy: There’s so much! But I would probably say physics, like quantum physics or something. I was really into math in high school and I didn’t go anywhere with it, but I’ve always found it fascinating.

Favourite word
Emily: Empower
Lucy: Burrito

Lucy is a passionate long-distance runner, and gets out to run every day as she finds it helps her mental health, especially during this pandemic where she is stuck inside so much of the time. Emily is also a distance runner, and has done 10k races and half marathons.

And, of course, they share a passion for psychology. When Lucy describes being blown away by the rubber hand illusion, Emily chimes in right away – that WAS amazing, wasn’t it? She expands on the concept, describing how that particular phenomenon has led to some interesting therapies for people with amputated limbs.

Theirs is a symbiotic mentor-mentee relationship. They meet about once a month, and Lucy tells Emily all about what she’s doing, and where she might need help. Recently, she needed some clarification on the very broad concept of ‘consciousness’.

“I just talked to Emily about it. I wasn’t quite getting what consciousness actually was, and we basically talked it out. Emily wasn’t giving me a quick nice definition for what it is – because that might not even exist – but we just talked it out. And now I get it a lot better. We also talk about just general school things, like doing classes over Zoom, and that’s pretty great.”

It’s pretty great for Emily as well. When the opportunity came up to become a mentor, she realized she wished she had had one herself as a young undergrad. So she signed up, was paired with Lucy, and they entered the program together. But that was only the beginning for Emily, who became quite inspired with the process – enough to extend her mentorship far beyond just the CPA program.

“I got really excited about [being a mentor] because I’m a big advocate of mentoring, especially for people who are looking to move forward in their studies in psychology. When I got into grad school, I wanted to participate in bridging the gap between people in undergraduate work who were interested but maybe didn’t know what options were out there. I’m really happy that the CPA is doing this kind of program because I think it’s so helpful. My program at the University of Alberta has their own internal mentoring program, so I’m also mentoring a student in the first year of their Masters program. I even do some work at my undergrad alma mater [MacEwan University] where I go into one of the 400-level classes each semester and do a Q&A about graduate school with them.”

Imagine how Sue’s life would have been different had she had a mentor when she arrived in Canada. Someone to show her who the Chinese-speaking community was, where to find the groceries she wanted, how to navigate finding employment, housing, and education for her family. Even without a mentor Sue managed to overcome all the hurdles she faced, with a strength that impresses Emily to this day.

Sue passed down some of that strength to Emily, who now shares some of it with Lucy. Lucy brings a strength of her own to Ryerson, to her studies, and to this partnership with Emily. Together, they are better off than they would be alone – and the fact that they enjoy speaking with one another is a nice bonus.

Perhaps one day they can meet in person, maybe at a race weekend half-marathon event somewhere in Canada. In the meantime, Emily will complete her PhD and go into the clinical work toward which she’s been working. Lucy will make her way through psychology studies, her future and a variety of career paths wide open to her. She says her initial attraction to the discipline came from sport psychology. Emily jumps in.

“My husband was telling me how these e-sport teams even have their own sport psychologists now, who work with them on their training for video game competitions. They do it in Korea and China, and I just thought wow – that’s a whole other level of sports psychology!”

So how about that for a career path, Lucy? Sports psychologist for a Korean team of Super Smash Brothers experts?

“Yep, done. Decision made. This is now what I’m working toward, officially.”

Call for applications for TUTOR-PHC

This call for applications for TUTOR-PHC is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career clinicians, and decision makers from across primary health care. Please find more information below or distribute to people in your organization or department that may be interested in this opportunity. Thank you.

What is the TUTOR-PHC program?

Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC), is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers, clinicians and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

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Why apply?

  • Primary health care interdisciplinary research training
  • Earn University Credit & MAINPRO+ credits
  • Valuable feedback on your own primary health care research
  • Gain increased knowledge and skills in Patient-Oriented Research
  • Mentorship from experienced interdisciplinary primary health care researchers and decision-makers
  • NETWORKING experiences with research mentors & 200+ pan-Canadian / international alumni
  • Interdisciplinary team experience

TUTOR-PHC trainees gain enhanced evidence-informed decision making & leadership skills to help them become the primary health care leaders of tomorrow.

  • Each trainee will be responsible for a $3000 CND program fee

The deadline to apply is   November 30, 2020

For more information, please go to the website at: www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc

 Please contact Project Coordinator, Rob Van Hoorn (tutor@uwo.ca) if you are interested in applying.

Spotlight: Alejandra Botia, Chair-Elect of the Student Section of the CPA, and the Student Representative on the CPA Board of Directors

Alejandra Botia

“To know how to persevere
when the way grows long
and does not end
To find in the roots the answer to
this undeciphered story”

– Fonseca, ‘Vida sagrada’

Alright, these are not the actual lyrics to the Fonseca song ‘Vida sagrada’, they’re a weak English translation to the Spanish lyrics. Fonseca is a Colombian singer, and ‘Vida sagrada’ is a song about war, conflict, income inequality, and environmentalism. And, despite such heavy subject matter, it will make you want to get up and dance, just as Alejandra Botia said it would. If there’s one thing Alejandra knows (besides psychology) it’s salsa dancing.

Alejandra has only recently begun to reconnect with her Colombian roots (like salsa dancing, and Fonseca). She and her family moved to Canada when she was 12 years old, and she began quickly to detach from her country’s culture. She stopped listening to Spanish music, she started focusing entirely on the English language, and becoming integrated into Canadian culture. She became a competitive swimmer, and started the journey of lifelong learning that led her to psychology.

Alejandra is currently pursuing her PhD in Counselling Psychology at UBC. She is the Chair-Elect of the Student Section of the CPA, and she is the Student Representative on the CPA Board of Directors and will be for the duration of her term as Chair-Elect, Chair, and then Past Chair of the section. As is the custom. The way of a student in psychology is long, and does not necessarily have an end to it – but Alejandra says the experiences along the way are invaluable.

“The main reason that I wanted to become chair-elect, and be on the board, is that throughout my experiences as a student I’ve become really passionate about student engagement and professional development. It’s all about the opportunities that come up along the way that make our educational experience that much more rewarding than if you’re just going through courses and doing what you have to do.”

TAKE FIVE WITH ALEJANDRA BOTIA

What is the psychological concept that blew you away when you first heard it?
The concept of bystander apathy blew my mind in a way. It was a simple way to understand something that always seemed complex in my mind. It always seemed odd that people could see others in need of help, and yet their actions were not helpful. I was trying to understand what happened in those situations, where people just kind of froze. A better understanding of this allows me to act differently in a situation where someone needs help.
I was at a restaurant at my sister’s birthday dinner, and there was a car that crashed straight into the store across the street. Thankfully it was late at night and it was closed, so no one was inside. I remember the sound was so loud, everybody came out of the restaurant and they were standing, assessing what had happened and I think assessing whether someone needed help. But I noticed that it wasn’t everyone who got closer to see if that person needed help, and not everybody was picking up their phones to call 911. It was only a few people who were doing that, while everyone else was kind of standing still. That was a situation where I thought about bystander apathy, and how it affects our ability to help someone who might be in need.

Favourite book?
One of my favourites I’ve read recently is Untamed, by Glennon Doyle. It just speaks to so many issues that I feel passionate about. It touches on body image and eating disorders, and also on the idea of gender – becoming a woman. How much of that process in the world we think is natural, but really a lot of it is learned.

Favourite quote?
“Breathe, let go, and remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure” – Oprah Winfrey
I think COVID has some influence over why that’s my favourite quote right now, and also going through this PhD process where there are so many moving parts that demand my attention. I need to remember that if I don’t find ways to stay present and mindful, that time just goes by. And it goes by quite quickly.

If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes who would it be and why?
I’ve been following Alexandria Ocasio Cortez for a while now. I would love to be in her brain for a day. I find her so confident, and eloquent, and strong. I think what I admire the most about her is how she doesn’t allow what others think of her to stop her from taking a stand on what she believes.

If you could become an expert at something outside psychology, what would it be?
I’d have to say the ocean. When I was little I wanted to be a marine biologist. I think that’s because when I was five, I thought that meant you would just get to play with dolphins all the time. But I’m still fascinated by it now, and I think if I could be an expert in ocean matters, that would be amazing.

Alejandra chose psychology because she wanted to learn how to help people by facilitating their work toward accomplishing their goals and experience higher levels of wellbeing. Over many years of study, she has become passionate about the intersection of psychology and areas of social justice. She’s extremely interested in how psychology can influence change at the societal level. Being a CPA board member has helped in this pursuit, not only as an inspiration but as an affirmation of those passions.

“One of the ways being part of these initiatives, and being on the board, has really helped me is that I can take that passion and learn how to transform it in a practical way. I’m learning how to take action, how to communicate with the rest of my team, brainstorming ideas so we can best benefit the Student Section. But also it’s teaching me to speak up, and learning that it’s okay to speak up. Bringing forward new initiatives and new ideas where there are people who will hear you, and who will support you. That’s what has made this a really wonderful experience already.”

Alejandra is not simply content with making the most of the opportunities afforded her as the Chair-Elect of the Student Section or the Student Representative on the CPA Board. She is also keenly invested in breaking new ground. For example, she and her cohort recently created the Counseling Psychology Student Association. She is proud of what her team, including Katie McCloskey , Syler Hayes, Sarah Woolgar, and Christopher Cook has accomplished in a short time. As Chair-Elect, she coordinates the mentorship program and contributes to newsletters, the adjudication of student grants, and to the annual conference by helping with the organization of the student section events.

Along with some teammates, she will soon be leading a workshop on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Alejandra’s main job, of course, is to work in collaboration with the Executive Team, continuously reflecting on how they can better serve our student community. All this while pursuing her other passions in the field of psychology – women’s leadership, vocational growth, and factors related to resilience in eating disorders. So what inspired her to take on even more on top of all this, to become as involved as she has in the future of Canadian psychology?

“I think one thing that drew me to it is that I’m becoming more and more involved in understanding matters relating to the intersection of psychology and social justice. So learning how to come prepared, how to be ready to speak about it, and stand by it without fear of what might happen, was a major part of what I hoped to gain by getting involved. And I have!”

Some time ago, Alejandra gave up competitive swimming and started to focus on salsa dancing. Despite the pandemic, she’s able to keep up with her lessons – she met her partner salsa dancing, and so the two of them can get some dancing in at home, in those fleeting downtimes where there is no school, and there are no executive duties, to which she must attend.

Re-connecting with her Colombian roots has been transformational for Alejandra. As Fonseca sings, she is finding in her roots the answer to an undeciphered story. It’s a story she’s currently writing, in a project she has tentatively called ‘Letters to Stella’. Stella was Alejandra’s grandmother, with whom she was very close. Stella would sometimes visit from Colombia, and Alejandra would sometimes go there to visit Stella. Sometimes, when she’s feeling down or overwhelmed, she thinks about Stella and what she would say to her in those moments. So she had this book idea where she’d be writing letters to Stella.

“She was always cheering me on and just so curious about my life.”

Were Stella alive today, there is no doubt she would be fascinated, and proud, of Alejandra’s life. She is pursuing her dream, she is re-connecting with Colombia, she’s dancing away in her apartment, confined by COVID with her partner. But of course, this is just the beginning of Alejandra’s life, and her journey. As Fonseca says;

“The way grows long, and does not end.”

Except that Fonseca, like Alejandra, says it in Spanish.

Alejandra Botia salsa dance team.

Spotlight: Ece Aydin, CPA Undergrad Representative for the UBC-Okanagan campus

Ece Aydin.
Ece Aydin has lived in the same place now for three whole years. This is unusual for her, as she has previously moved around all over the world for her entire life. Ece came straight out of high school into psychology at UBC Okanagan – but high school was in Dubai. Born in Turkey, Ece moved to Europe when she was five. There was a time where her family moved back to Turkey, and since then she has gone to an international high school in countries all over the world. Her three years at UBCO are maybe the first time in a long time she has spent three years in just once place.

Ece decided she wanted to study psychology when she was fifteen. She was fascinated by human behaviour – how our thoughts influence our behaviour, and vice versa. She was comfortable with hearing problems and anxieties from her friends, and she was good at helping them out. Now, a few years later, Ece is a third-year psychology student at UBC Okanagan, and this year became an Undergrad Representative for the CPA. A straight line academically, if not geographically.

“The things I’m learning blow my mind every single day.”

After Ece finishes her undergrad, she hopes to go to grad school – and stay in the same area. She hopes to be able to do her grad school in Vancouver, and after that a PhD in counselling psychology. Her passion is child and developmental psychology, with an eye toward adolescent psychology and addiction one day.

“I really believe in early interventions. As a child we can be molded into any type of person. Especially with disorders as children, like ADHD or autism, I feel like diagnosis in early years is really important for children to be able to navigate their lives in the future.”

When it comes to addiction, Ece really feels that early intervention is key, but also that the stigma society places on those who suffer can be overcome. That people who have substance use difficulties can be accepted, and integrated into society, in a more accepting way than they currently are. The destigmatization of addiction is something that comes up often in our conversation.

TAKE FIVE WITH ECE AYDIN

What is the psychological concept that blew you away when you first heard it?
I think it was something I learned in one of my psych classes in grade 11. It was the first time I heard about the fundamental attribution error. Which basically means that when we make a mistake, we tend to blame external factors, like our environment. But when someone else makes the same mistake as we did, we tend to blame it on their personal flaws. I never knew that I was actually doing this, until it was defined and had a name associated with it.

You can listen to only one musical artist/group for the rest of your life. Who is it?
It’s probably Amy Winehouse, as depressing as that may sound. But it’s very peaceful for me, and it has a lot of sentimental meaning for me as her album was one of the first birthday presents I remember receiving.

Top three websites or apps you could not live without and why
My messaging app, because I have to keep in contact with people, especially right now. There are people I haven’t seen in many months with whom I like to be in constant contact. Also the CNN international news, because I kind of get anxious when I don’t know what’s going on around the world. And for the third one…I guess Pinterest. I like the whole ‘organizing’ aspect of it.

If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes who would it be and why?
That’s a very hard question. I remember when I was a kid seeing Doctors Without Borders on TV, and I think I would really like to see what that’s like. To see how it is that they’re so selfless that they go into situations that we couldn’t even imagine.

If you could become an expert at something outside psychology, what would it be?
Definitely art. It’s something I do in my personal time, and I would want to be an amazing artist, or an art critic. I want to be able to see a piece of art and define right away what it is, what the story behind it is, and what emotion they’re trying to convey.

“Whoever you are, and whatever addiction you might be going through, that doesn’t define you as a person. That’s just something you went through. And I hope to get out there and help others understand exactly what addiction is.”

As she began her second year at UBCO, Ece was looking for ways to become more involved. Student life had to be more than just attending and passing classes, right? She found the CPA website, and saw that they had Student Members and Student Affiliates. She found the Student Representative on the campus, and discovered that they were looking for an Undergraduate Rep. It was, as Ece describes, the lucky break she had not even been aware she was seeking.

“It’s really nice to be part of a psychology network where there are so many researchers and students like me. I find that I learn so many interesting things all at once when I get newsletters from the CPA.”

Of course, with COVID, the life of a CPA Undergrad Rep is not exactly like it has been for previous students in the same position.

“I haven’t been able to do anything yet this semester…I wanted to host workshops, and events, and things like that to introduce myself to other psych students – explain to them what the CPA is and the benefits of membership. But as you know, the pandemic has changed a lot of plans. We’re going to send out social media posts so anyone who is on our campus can join, and get to know us. But of course everything is going to be virtual.”

This also means that not only has Ece been living in the same place for three years, she has now been confined to the same place for eight months. Maybe this is a welcome rest, although being an undergrad psychology student, coupled with being a CPA Student Rep, does not make for the most restful of lives. What it does mean, however, is that Ece has been able to focus on her environment, and her studies, for as much time as it takes to know what she wants, and where she wants to go.

“I am going to help people in my life. This is what it’s all for, in the end.”

BMS SCHOLARSHIP: STUDENT RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

BMS, the company that brokers the professional liability insurance program for members of the CPA and members of provincial/territorial associations of psychology, has launched a grant program to support student research and leadership development in all areas of psychology.  For 2020, up to two (2) awards will be dispersed per project for research-based submissions, at amounts up to $2,500.00 per application and up to five (5) awards will be dispersed to individuals wishing to pursue training, either practice or leadership focused, at amounts up to $500.00 per application.  Eligibility criteria and application details will be announced shortly and posted here. Please direct any questions about this competition to science@cpa.ca.


CPA’s 2021 National Annual Convention


The CPA has continued to monitor the ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad, inclusive of federal and provincial government decisions taken in the service of community safety.  Experts and all levels of government continue to warn or advise about the greater transmission risks posed by large gatherings of people.

While we do not know for how long COVID-19 will remain a public health emergency in Canada, we do know that at this time, restrictions continue to exist regarding in-person gatherings of more than 50 attendees, where proper physical distancing measures would be difficult to implement and maintain.  Accordingly, the CPA has taken the decision to cancel our in-person 82nd CPA Annual National Convention in Ottawa, ON, scheduled for June 4-6, 2021, inclusive of all pre-convention workshops that would occur on June 3rd and pivot, once again, to a virtual event over the month of June.

We have made this decision based on the guidance and directives of experts and governments, and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our members and affiliates, attendees, staff, public and the various teams that support the annual convention. With the benefit of time to plan, we are excited and confident in our ability to plan a fabulous virtual event.

In accordance with our by-laws, the CPA will convene its Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually in June; more details will follow in the months ahead.

We will open the abstract submission system for the CPA2021 Convention by the end of October.  We hope that you will consider submitting to and participating in our virtual event; it will feature familiar presentation types as well as some new formats that align with a virtual offering.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we remain responsive to the ongoing situation that COVID-19 presents, while continuing to serve our members and affiliates, and the broader community of psychological scientists, practitioners and/or educators.

We recognize and appreciate that you are likely experiencing upheaval and disruption in your daily life, both personally and professionally. We continue to wish you strength and patience, both personally and professionally, as you cope with the ongoing pandemic and look forward to “seeing” you at our virtual event.

If you have any questions or want further information, please contact the CPA at convention@cpa.ca.

Take good care and be well.
CPA Convention Department

CPA/CSBBCS Virtual Career Fair

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Career Fair on November 12th, 2020.  This Fair will mark the first in a series of Career Fairs the CPA will host in 2020 and 2021.

When: Thursday November 12th, 2020 from 12pm – 4pm EST
Where: Virtual
Limited spaces available.
Cost: $10.00

Click here for more information