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. Paul Madak - University Achievement Award for Teaching (2015)
  • Brian Duffels, PhD Candidate - University Achievement Award for Teaching (2017)

Department Chair

Dr. Paul SiakalukSiakaluk, Dr. Paul

PhD (University of Alberta)
Department Chair, Professor

Phone: 250-960-6120
Email: paul.siakaluk@unbc.ca
Web: http://web.unbc.ca/~siakaluk/cv.html

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

Research Interests

My research interests involve taking an embodied cognition perspective on language and conceptual processing.

Potential graduate students: If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies (MSc, PhD) under my supervision, please contact me well in advance of the January application deadline. Undergraduate students: Please contact me if you are interested in conducting either an Honours degree or independent studies research project under my supervision.

My lab is currently funded with an NSERC Discovery Grant.


Faculty

  • Dr. Sherry Beaumont
    PhD (University of Waterloo)
    • Professor (on Sabbatical Leave)
    Phone:
    250-960-6501 / Lab: 250-960-6062
    Dr. Beaumont received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1993. She started on faculty at UNBC in July 1994.

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  • Duchesne, Dr. Annie
    PhD (McGill University)
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6633

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  • Julie Howard
    MSc (University of Northern British Columbia)
    • Senior Lab Instructor
    Phone:
    250-960-6131
    Office:
    10-3536
    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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  • Lavallee, Dr. Loraine
    PhD (University of British Columbia)
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6500
    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. Her research work investigates environmental... more

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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
    Phone:
    250-960-6502
    Office:
    10-3532

    Supervises in: MSc Psychology ; PhD Psychology

    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... more

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  • Matheson, Dr. Heath
    BAH University of Winnipeg; MSc/PhD Dalhousie University; postdoctoral research University of Pennsylvania
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5002
    Office:
    10-3562

    Supervises in: BSc ; MSc ; PhD

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  • Dr. William Owen
    BSc (Augustana University College), MA, PhD (University of Saskatchewan)
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6657

    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... more

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  • PhD, Educational Psychology, MEd Counselling, BA Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6414
    Office:
    10-3594

    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... more

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  • John Sherry
    PhD, MS (Fordham University), BA (San Diego State University)
    • Assistant Professor
    • 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. Drs.O’Neill and Sherry are two of the founding members of the Community Counselling Centre, the program’s off-site practicum placement for counselling... more

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  • Dr. Paul Siakaluk
    PhD (University of Alberta)
    • Department Chair, Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6120
    Dr. Siakaluk started on faculty at UNBC in the summer of 2004.

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Professors Emeritus

Cronshaw,  Dr. Steven
Phone: 250-960-6785
Email: steven.cronshaw@unbc.ca
Website: http://web.unbc.ca/~cronshaw

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


Part-Time Instructors

Olga Prudnikova
Email: olga.prudnikova@unbc.ca

Jillian Wagg
Email: jillian.wagg@unbc.ca


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)