Psychology Events & Seminars

Upcoming seminars

Understanding when and why some young people experience internalizing psychopathology

Christina Robillard, PhD Candidate from UVic

Area: Clinical

Friday, September 18, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm PST via Zoom


2020 Department Colloquiums and Seminars

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Sheina Lew-Levy, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University

Research Associate, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University

Play is a universal feature of human childhood, but what children play at, and whom they play with, depends on the cultural setting they inhabit. While many authors note that much of hunter-gatherer children’s time is spent in play, few have explored the structure and function of their play. Using ethnographic and quantitative data, postdoctoral researcher Sheina Lew-Levy outlines how culture, subsistence, and demography contribute to how hunter-gatherer children play, and what they learn during this activity. By placing hunter-gatherer children’s play in a comparative perspective, she argues that children’s play is at the center of cultural transformation in the past and present.

Wednesday February 26, 2020

2:00PM - 3:30PM


AQ 4130, SFU Burnaby Campus

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Dr. Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker, and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research; the founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment, including Member of the Order of Canada, Psychologist of the Year in 2016, and has been honoured by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couples and Family Therapy. As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Dr. Johnson created for the general public a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them.

Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 65 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs, the U.S. and Canadian military, and New York City Fire Department.

She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband. She adores Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.

*Presentation held by web.

Friday February 7, 2020

1:00PM - 2:30PM



Saywell 10051, SFU Burnaby Campus

2019 Department Colloquiums and Seminars

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Dr. Jeremy M Wolfe, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology & Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Visual Attention Lab, Department of Surgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital

We cannot simultaneously recognize every object in our field of view. As a result, we deploy attention from object to object or place to place, searching for what we need. This is true whether we are examining a Giotto fresco or screening for cancerous nodules in a lung CT. Fortunately, we do not need to search at random. Our attention is guided by the features of the targets we seek and the structure of the scenes in which those targets are embedded. Again, this is true whether that scene is a fresco or a lung. Unfortunately, our search engine does not work perfectly and we sometimes fail to find what we seek, even when that target is, literally, right in front of our eyes. We are even more likely to miss important items while we are looking for something else. When those missed targets are such things as tumors or bombs, these errors are socially significant, worth understanding and, if possible, worth correcting. In this talk, I will illustrate some of the basic principles of human visual attention. I can promise that you will fail to see some things that you would think you should have seen. Finally, I will present data showing how those principles play out in socially important search tasks. 

Monday October 21, 2019

2:30PM - 4:00PM


Halpern 126, SFU Burnaby Campus

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Dr. Jan Smedslund - University of Oslo, Norway

After many years as a university professor publishing theoretical and experimental papers, lecturing, and becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the current empirical research methodology, Dr. Jan Smedslund from the University of Oslo Norway applied for a 3-year leave of absence to become a licensed clinician. 

He practiced in a psychiatric emergency ward, in a crisis intervention team, in an outpatient clinic for children, and with young drug addicts. For over 30 years Dr. Jan Smedslund maintained a private practice. As a clinician, he has returned to nursery schools where he had previously done experiments, and  worked in the homes of people from social and ethnic strata very different from his own. 

Returning to the University of Oslo in Norway, he has further clarified his critical attitude to current empirical research, and has developed an alternative language-analytic view of research, and a “bricoleur-model” of practice. He will illustrate this with an analysis of Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy, and the concept of personal trust.

Dr. Jan Smedslund is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oslo and Specialist in Clinical Psychology.

Thursday April 4, 2019

3:00PM - 4:30PM



Halpern 114, SFU Burnaby Campus

Gender Stereotypes Have Changed but the Changes are Surprising

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2019 Di Lollo Distinguished Lectureship in Psychology

Gender Stereotypes Have Changed But The Changes Are Surprising by Dr. Alice Eagly.

Given women's large-scale entry into paid labor and their growing educational advantage over men as well as men's increasing domestic labor, a plausible prediction is that the classic gender stereotypes of female communion and male agency are moving toward androgyny. However, a meta-analyis that integrated 16 nationally representative U.S. opinion polls on gender stereotypes extending from 1946 to 2018 found quite different results. Interpretation of these findings emphasizes the origins of gender stereotypes in the social roles of women and men. 

Dr. Alice Eagly - 2019 Di Lollo Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Alice Eagly is a noted social psychologist who has published extenisvely on the origins of sex differences, social role theory, and gender and leadership. 

She is the James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology, Faculty Fellow of Institute for Policy Research, and Professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University. 

Thursday March 28, 2019

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Reception to Follow






SFU Vancouver Downtown

Morris J Wosk Center for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall

580 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

(Enter via Seymour Street Courtyard Entrance)

The Psychology of Change: Achieving a Transformation of the Global Food System

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The types of food we eat, the ways we produce it, and the amount wasted or lost threatens human health and environmental sustainability while also contributing to climate change.

Psychology can help intervene in the human behaviours that contribute to unsustainable methods and promote the changes required to transform the global food system.

During this colloquium, a group of experts discussed how we can achieve these goals, locally and globally.

Keynote: Delivering Healthy and Sustainable Diets to all Canadians

  • Brent Loken: Director of Science Translation, EAT
  • Courtney Howard: CAPE, Canadian Associations of Physicians for the Environment


  • Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute, Univ. of Guelph


  • Susan Clayton, Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology-Wooster
  • Tammara Soma, Assistant Professor (Planning), SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management
  • Hannah Wittman, Professor, Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
  • Ned Bell, Executive Chef, Ocean Wise, Chefs for Oceans
  • Clifford Atleo, Kam’ayaam/Chachim’multhnii, Assistant Professor, SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management

Tuesday March 5

5:00PM - 7:00PM

One hour reception with healthy, sustainable, and delicious food to follow

SFU Downtown Morris J Wosk Center for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall, 580 W Hastings St., Vancouver B.C.

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Past Colloquiums & Seminars

2015 - 2018 Colloquiums & Seminars

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Di Lollo Distinguished Lecture Series

2018 - Dr. Michael Lamb - How Much Can Abused Children Tell Investigators About Their Experiences / presentation file

2016 - Dr. Frans de Waal - Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (audio only)

2015 - Dr. Vincent Di Lollo - 50 Shades of Grey Matter: A History of What We Know About the Brain


Don Dutton - Paranoia in mass murderers / presentation file

Gina Vincent - Law & Forensic Seminar Part 1

Gina Vincent - Law & Forensic Seminar Part 2

Marilyn Bowman -James Legge and the Chinese Classics

Vincent Di Lollo - On Attention

Guest Speakers

Steve Nash - A Conversation with Steve Nash

Rueben_George (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) - Never Give Up / presentation file