MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD
Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the beautiful Okanagan campus of UBC. Psychology is one of the largest and most intellectually diverse departments on campus. Our thriving psychology department offers BA, BSc, MA and PhD programs.
I invite you to explore our website, where you will find a dynamic and exciting community of faculty and students conducting groundbreaking research on a variety of contemporary societal issues.
If you would like to learn more about our programs or campus, please do not hesitate to come visit us in person. I look forward to meeting you.
– Elena Nicoladis
EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESSIBILITY
We acknowledge that the University of British Columbia Okanagan is on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sylix (Okanagan) Peoples.
The Psychology Department is committed to promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) efforts that benefit all current and future members of our Department, including underrepresented people at every career stage and role in the Department.
The discipline of Psychology, like many scientific fields, has a history of racism, misogyny, ableism, and anti-2SLGBTQIA+ discrimination. Our broad goal is to focus our efforts within our Department to create and maintain an environment where everyone can thrive and to reduce barriers to undergraduate and graduate study. We also aim to bring equity to research and the clinical practice of Psychology. We have three groups dedicated to these aims: the Action for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE) Committee; the Psychology Allyship, Community, and Equity (PACE) committee, and the Reconciliation in Action committee. Given the recommendations from the Inclusion Action Plan and the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Reports, we will take action on the following, including but not limited to:
- Developing and implementing methods for equitable practices to increase the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students
- Developing, monitoring, and responding to goals and metrics for EDIA within our Department
- Building community within our Department around topics related to EDIA such as through reading and discussion groups
- Reduce barriers to entry to graduate school for underrepresented groups, such as by assessing graduate applications through an EDIA lens
- Facilitating ongoing training for faculty, staff, and students in EDIA-related areas
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
UBC Okanagan offers a world-class, globally recognized degree at a smaller and more intimate campus.
Students can generally expect smaller class sizes and greater access to their professors, while gaining the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research and projects.
Psychology at UBC Okanagan explores diverse topics in both the scientific and clinical schools of thought. From criminal deception to the benefits of cannabis to the secrets of happiness, we’re conducting exciting research right here in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan valley.