Faculty

Dr. Paula Marentette, Professor

B.A. Hon., Queen's University
M.A., McGill University
PhD., McGill University

I am a cognitive psychologist and my primary interest is in how people think. I use gesture and language as tools to explore symbolic thought in children. Among other things, I teach Psychology of Language, a course where we explore the complexities of language including speech production and reading.

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Dr. Timothy Parker, Professor

BSc., Trinity College, University of Toronto
MSc, University of Alberta
PhD, University of Alberta

I am a biological psychologist and my primary interest is in how the brain produces behaviour. In particular, I am interested in the neural basis of memory, addiction and other mental disorders, including schizophrenia. I teach courses in memory, learning, experimental design, human neuropsychology, and the neurobiology of learning, memory and addiction.

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Sean E. Moore, Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., Wilfrid Laurier
Ph.D., University of Alberta

I am a social-cultural psychologist and my primary interest is in examining the causes and consequences of human emotions. In studying the causes of emotions, I often look at how cultural values impact perceived happiness and life satisfaction. When looking at the consequences of emotions, I conduct research examining how moods affect people's attitudes and thinking about social issues.

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Dr. Rebecca Purc-Stephenson, Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A. Honours, Psychology, University of Guelph
Post-Graduate Dipl., Human Resources, Conestoga College
M.A., Psychology, University of Windsor
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Windsor

I am an applied social psychologist and my primary area of research interest involves how people adapt to chronic illness. My research has examined whether individuals with a chronic illness experience post traumatic growth, how they manage employment, and if they feel stigmatized. The courses I teach include Health Psychology that explores how biological, psychological, and behavioural factors influence physical health and illness.

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Portrait of Dr. Ana KlahrAna Klahr -- Contract Lecturer (Psychology)

I am a neuroscientist and my main area of interest is stroke. I use animal models to understand the consequences of neuronal damage and to identify potential therapies for stroke patients. I teach courses such as Brain Injury, where my students and I discuss how factors involved prior, during, and after brain injury contribute to functional recovery. I also teach Neuroplasticity, where we focus on how the brain changes due to experience, development, and injury, and how these anatomical and functional alterations are involved in learning, rehabilitation, and disorders such as epilepsy.

Contact Dr. Klahr at klahr@ualberta.ca.


Dr. James Horley, Adjunct Professor of Psychology

B.A (Honours) Carleton University
M.A. Carleton University
Ph.D. Queen's University

Most of my research and clinical work is concerned with forensic psychology and criminal offenders, especially the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. My recent books include Experience, meaning, and identity in sexuality: A psychosocial theory of sexual stability and change (2016, Palgrave Macmillan, with Jan Clarke), Born bad? Critiques of psychopathy (2013, Nova Science), and Sexual offenders: Personal construct theory and deviant sexual (2008/2016, Routledge).