Research, practice and education directs the CPA’s mandate. In support of science, the CPA participates in various advocacy activities, liaises with the granting councils, seeks to develop various tools to foster research networks and collaboration among the membership, provides research and conference support funding, chairs or is a member of research-based alliances, and promotes psychological science and its impact on society.

As part of its mission statement, the CPA is committed to promoting excellence and innovation in psychological research; to promoting the advancement, development, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge; and to providing high-quality services to members. It meets these objectives through some of the following activities:

  • Development of advocacy papers on the role of psychologists in research and psychologists as scientists/researchers
  • Partnerships with research-oriented associations such as the Canadian Consortium for Research
  • Participation in advocacy activities and advocacy training to membership
  • Offering sessions on navigating the grant submission process at CPA’s annual convention
  • Liaising with the granting councils regarding funding for psychological research
  • Developing and updating printed materials on relevance and relatedness of psychological research to CIHR institutes
  • Representation of psychological science at CPA Convention
  • Surveying the membership regarding CPA’s science-related activities
  • Participating in consultations and experts tables on research-related matters
  • Consultation with Scientific Affairs Committee
  • Reviewing coverage of psychological science in CPA journals and publications
  • Serving as a resource regarding legislation and regulation of research practices
  • Providing updates on science activities to membership via CPA Newsletter, Psynopsis, etc.
  • Organizing/responding to federal budget consultation and announcements
  • Liaising with University Deans regarding issues related to psychological research
  • Connecting with University Tri-Council representatives
  • Serving as a resource for students regarding CPA science activities
  • Exploring opportunities to contribute to policy development in psychology
  • Liaising with Psychology Departments with experimental psychology programs
  • Research funding

For information about the CPA’s science activities, please contact Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Science Director, CPA, via email ( or by phone (613-237-2144, ext. 322 or toll-free: 1-888-472-0657 ext. 322).

Nouvelles de la recherche

CPA Annual Student Research Funding Envelope

The CPA wishes to support student research in all areas of psychology through an annual funding envelope. Funding up to $1,500 is available per project. Applications for the 2020 competition will be due in late November; the call for applications will be available on the CPA’s website at the end of September.

APA PsychSolutions Competition

The American Psychological Association, has invited CPA members to participate in the PsychSolutions Competition on behalf of CPA, an organizational partner of the APA. PsychSolutions is a new international initiative of APA’s Office of International Affairs that promotes the critical role of psychological science in addressing global health challenges. This competition, open to all APA members/affiliates and members of APA partner associations, will seek proposals that demonstrate impact in prevention of mental health challenges/well-being and/or the reduction of the burden of suffering. The selected winner will be awarded a $10,000 USD grant to advance their initiative and will work with the APA communications team to promote their efforts.

PsychSolutions Summary.pdf

PsychSolutions Terms and Conditions.pdf

Les organismes canadiens de financement de la recherche signent la Déclaration de San Francisco sur l’évaluation de la recherche (DORA)

Les cinq principaux bailleurs de fonds de la recherche au Canada sont heureux de s’associer aux chefs de file de la recherche partout dans le monde qui s’emploient à consolider l’excellence en recherche par l’application de mesures robustes, équitables et efficaces pour l’évaluation de la recherche. Les organismes de financement de la recherche du gouvernement du Canada — IRSC, CRSNG, CRSH, FCI et Génome Canada—ont signé la Déclaration de San Francisco sur l’évaluation de la recherche (DORA). Ils réitèrent ainsi leur engagement envers l’excellence dans l’évaluation de la recherche et l’importance de l’application des connaissances.

La DORA est une initiative mondiale qui soutient la création et la promotion de pratiques exemplaires en matière d’évaluation de la recherche savante. Elle vise à s’attaquer aux conséquences de la surutilisation inattendue de la publication d’articles comme principal indicateur de la qualité des résultats de recherche.