Science

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 (executiveoffice@cpa.ca) or by phone (613-237-2144, ext. 322 or toll-free: 1-888-472-0657 ext. 322).


Research News

CPA Members Leading an International Study on Awareness, Attitudes, Impacts and Behaviors related to COVID-19: Please complete the Phase 2 survey!

The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (www.mbmc-cmcm.ca), along with international team of over 150 researchers from more than 40 countries around the world, are trying to assess the public perceptions, attitudes, concerns, and responses to the various measures put in place to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19. The study, led by Dr. Kim Lavoie (UQAM, CIUSSS-NIM) and Simon Bacon (Concordia University, CIUSSS-NIM) in collaboration with several CPA members from across Canada, will link the survey to policy and case data from around the world to estimate the effectiveness and impacts of current strategies used to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19. 

Thanks to your help, we received over 35,000 responses for phase 1! (see preliminary result updates here: https://mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19/stats-wave1/)

To find out more information or to take the Phase 2 survey (which is available in multiple languages), please go to: www.mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19

Call for Papers on the COVID-19 Pandemic With a Rapid Review Process

The COVID-19 pandemic is having many life-altering short- and likely long-term effects. There are many potential applications of psychological theory, practice, and research that have can contribute to the public good at this time of national and international crisis. 

American Psychologist (APhttps://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/amp/) invites papers related directly to the pandemic. As for all APmanuscripts, we seek high-impact papers of broad interest covering science, practice, education, or policy. Manuscripts should be written in a style that is accessible to all psychologists and the public.

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Canadian research funding organizations sign San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

Canada’s five major national research funders are pleased to join research leaders around the world who are working to strengthen research excellence by ensuring robust, equitable and impactful measures of research assessment. The Government of Canada’s research funding agencies — CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, CFI, and Genome Canada—have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), reaffirming their commitment to excellence in research evaluation and the importance of knowledge translation. https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/ProgramNewsDetails-NouvellesDesProgrammesDetails_eng.asp?ID=1103

DORA is a global initiative to support the development and promotion of best practice in assessment of scholarly research. It aims to address the negative consequences of unintended overuse of journal publication as a primary indicator of quality for research output. https://sfdora.org/