Psychology Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff of the Psychology Department at UNBC are committed to student learning by promoting excellence in teaching, research, and service. Our members have received a number of awards over the years:

  • Dr. Bill Owen - Teaching Excellence Award (2006)
  • Dr. Ken Prkachin - Research Excellence Award (2008)
  • Dr. Paul Siakaluk - Teaching Excellence Award (2008)
  • Dr. Sherry Beaumont - Teaching Excellence Award (2009)
  • Dr. Loraine Lavallee - University Achievement Award for Teaching (2019, 2012)
  • Dr. John Sherry - Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)
  • Dr. Paul Madak - University Achievement Award for Teaching (2015)
  • Brian Duffels, PhD Candidate - University Achievement Award for Teaching (2017)
  • Dr. John Sherry - Professional Practice Mentorship and Stewardship Award (2019)

Department Chair

John Sherry

Sherry, Dr. John

PhD, MS (Fordham University), BA (San Diego State University)

Assistant Professor
Department Chair
Director, Community Counselling Clinic

Phone: 250-960-5961

Dr. John Sherry has over 20 years of experience as a clinician and his academic and clinical work has focused on couples, family, and group therapy.

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  • Dr. Sherry Beaumont
    PhD (University of Waterloo), DVATI, RCC
    • Professor

    Supervises in: MSc Psychology ; PhD Psychology ; MA Gender Studies

    Dr. Beaumont has been a faculty member in the UNBC Department of Psychology since 1994 and is currently a Full Professor with expertise in developmental, positive, and existential psychology. She was one of the first Canadian university professors to develop an undergraduate course in positive...

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  • Annie Duchesne
    PhD (McGill University)
    • Associate Professor (on sabbatical)

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  • Julie Howard
    MSc (University of Northern British Columbia)
    • Senior Lab Instructor
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    Mrs. Howard received her MSc from UNBC in 2001, and started teaching there in 2002. She teaches material in research methods and statistics, and conducts research on emotional expression in music.

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  • Loraine Lavallee
    PhD (University of British Columbia)
    • Assistant Professor

    Supervises in: MA NRES Environmental Studies

    Dr. Lavallee received her PhD in social psychology from UBC in 2000 and took a faculty position at UNBC that same year. She has an interdisciplinary background having completed a BA in history and a research fellowship in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. She is past Chair of the Environmental...

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  • Dr. Han Li
    PhD (University of Victoria), MA (University of Victoria), MPH (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U.S.A.)
    • Professor
    Dr. Li obtained a master’s degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a PhD and a Master’s degree in Psychology, from the University of Victoria, Canada. Her undergraduate studies were in English language and literature. Dr. Li’s research...

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  • Dr. William Owen
    BSc (Augustana University College), MA, PhD (University of Saskatchewan)
    • Vice Provost, Faculty Relations

    Supervises in: BSc Psychology ; MA Psychology ; PhD Psychology

    Exposure to learning different languages as a child, teen, and then young adult, lead Dr. Owen to be curious about how people acquire languages, and how they learn to read written language. He studied cognition and neuroscience as an undergraduate student, with a focus on memory and language...

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  • PhD, Educational Psychology, MEd Counselling, BA Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria
    • Professor
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    Supervises in: MEd Counselling ; PhD Health Sciences ; MEd Leadership

    Linda is a long-time northerner from the far northwest corner of BC who practiced in that area for many years. She holds a BA in Child and Youth Care, an MEd in Counselling Psychology, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria and is a certified counsellor and trauma...

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  • PhD
    • Assistant Professor
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    Nick has a great deal of experience in the area of cognitive psychology with an emphasis on computational methods to understand language, concepts, and memory. Nick graduated from Western University where he completed research to better understand how language, including complex language such as...

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  • PhD, MA (University of Northern British Columbia), BSc Hons. (University of Victoria)
    • Adjunct Faculty
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    Having grown up in beautiful northwestern BC, Anita considers herself a northerner. She holds both a PhD and a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Gender Studies. Anita's teaching and research interests are informed and inspired by her previous work in women's shelters and feminist organizations on...

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  • Dr. Paul Siakaluk
    PhD (University of Alberta)
    • Professor

    Supervises in: MSc Psychology ; PhD Psychology

    Dr. Siakaluk started on faculty at UNBC in the summer of 2004.

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Term Faculty

Leah Chambers

Professors Emeritus

Cronshaw,  Dr. Steven
Phone: 250-960-6785

Harder, Dr. Henry
RPsych, EdD (University of British Columbia)

Prkachin, Dr. Ken
PhD (University of British Columbia)

Part-time Instructors

Jillian Wagg

Adjunct Faculty

Climenhage, James, BA (SFU), MA (SFU), PhD (SFU)

Klassen-Ross, Tammy, BA (UBC), MSc (UNBC), PhD (UNBC)

Madak, Paul, BA (St Bonaventure), MA (Manitoba), PhD (Manitoba)

Prkachin, Glenda, BA (Carleton), MA (Carleton), PhD (UBC)

Prkachin, Dr. Ken, PhD (University of British Columbia)

Rocha, Elizabeth, BA (British Columbia), MSc (Northern British Columbia), PhD (Saskatchewan)

Seaton, Cherisse​, MSc (UNBC), PhD (UNBC)