Students play an active role in the CPA’s infrastructure:

As one of the CPA’s 32 Sections, the Section for Students in Psychology crosses all section boundaries and provides a forum in which students may learn from each other and begin to prepare for their careers in psychology. The principal objective of the Student Section is to help students participate within the CPA. The Section provides a forum in which students can learn from each other, more fully experience their postsecondary and postgraduate journeys, and begin to prepare for their careers in psychology. It recognizes the need to have a strong voice in the psychological community and thus sustains communication between students in psychology across the country.

Find out more about the Section for Students.

Student News

Publication opportunity – Mind Pad seeking student submissions

Are you looking to boost your CV? Do you have an article or ongoing research that you would like to share?

Mind Pad is seeking submissions for its next issue. Mind Pad is CPA’s student-written, edited, and published newsletter. We are looking for submissions that are 800 to 2000 words in length.
The content of the submission should be of interest to all who are practicing and studying psychology, but the primary audience of Mind Pad is psychology students. Mind Pad publishes a range of submissions, including but not limited to:
– Original research summaries
– Review summaries
– Psychology career-related articles
– Reflections on new trends in psychology or psychology research
– Reflections on psychology in the media
– Reports on conferences or workshops attended

Empirical papers are prioritized.

Submission should follow APA formatting guidelines and may include graphs, tables, and photographs. For more information on submission procedures, visit:

Articles should be submitted to Joanna Collaton ( are accepted on an ongoing basis; however, the deadline to submit for consideration in the next issues of Mind Pad is February 1, 2021.

Please contact Joanna Collaton ( with any questions.

Joanna Collaton
Editor-in-Chief, Mind Pad
Past-Chair, Section for Students in Psychology
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

The CPA is now receiving abstracts for its 2022 convention

The submission system for the CPA’s 2022 Annual Convention, taking place from June 17th-19th, 2022, IS NOW OPEN

Deadline for ALL submissions is December 3rd, 2021 (23:59EST)

Click here ( to submit an abstract.

For more information, contact or visit

Development 2022, a Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology hosted by the Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development, will precede the CPA’s Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on June 15th – 16th, 2022. Abstracts for Development 2022 can be submitted via the following link, beginning October 1st: Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2022.

Funding Available for Student Research and Leadership Development

The CPA is now accepting applications for various student research grants and leadership development opportunities.  Click here for more information on the various funding opportunities, application requirements, eligibility criteria and eligible expenses.  Deadline for applications is December 3, 2021.

Seeking Nominations for Grants and Awards

Strong Mind, Strong Kids Psychology CanadaStrong Mind, Strong Kids Psychology Canada administers the awards and grants program for the CPA Foundation. They are looking for nominations for five student awards – the Dr. Harvey Brooker Award (supporting university travel expenses), the Jean and Dick Pettifor Award (supporting ethics research projects), the Dr. Mary J. Wright Award (History and Philospohy papers), the Dr. Bea Wickett Award (promoting mental health) and the Judy Hills Internship Award (work within an organization that fosters resilience in children and youth).

Deadline for submission is December 31st, 2021.  For more information on each award and grant please click here.


Do you need to complete a history of psychology course for provincial licensing or to get your grad degree? Or maybe you are just interested in learning how historical concepts are relevant to current issues in psychology?

Either way, we have you covered.

Click here to learn more about the new HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY course and how to apply.

CPA Student Section Newsletter – Spring 2021!

The Spring 2021 Student Newsletter is now available.
Click here to download (version français ici).

For Past Student Newsletters Click Here

Student Spotlight

Learning about Cognitive Dissonance and the Bystander Effect with UCalgary students

Learning about Cognitive Dissonance and the Bystander Effect with UCalgary students
Students at the University of Calgary created podcasts for their final project in Jim Cresswell’s History of Psychology course. Listen here to learn more about Cognitive Dissonance Theory with one group, and the Bystander Effect with another.”