Psychology Events & Seminars

2020 Department Colloquiums and Seminars

Past Events

The Past, Present, and Future of Sexual Harassment in Psychology

Dr. Jacy Young, Quest University

Area: Social

Sexual harassment has had a long presence within psychology right through to the present day. In this talk, I describe three realms in which sexual harassment has been a part of psychology. These include the use of sexual harassment as a research technique, an object of study, and a behaviour on the part of psychologists. In reviewing sexual harassment in these spheres, I highlight the practices and norms that sanctioned, and continue to sanction, sexual harassment as normative within the discipline, as well as the consequences of harassment on psychology’s members, culture, and knowledge production. Finally, I review some of the consequences of taking sexual harassment seriously as an issue within the discipline and offer suggests for how individuals and collectives may transform disciplinary cultures that have sustained sexual harassment as normative.

Friday Dec. 4, 2020

2:30pm - 4:00pm via Zoom

Ending stigma for whom? A critical community-based analysis of substance use related anti-stigma campaigns across Canada

Scott Neufeld, PhD student

Area: Social

In the midst of Canada’s overdose crisis, interventions intended to reduce stigma towards people who use drugs (PWUD) are increasing. However, given that stigma towards PWUD is shaped by the intersection of structural forces (e.g. racism, classism, etc.), how inclusive are anti-stigma campaigns of marginalized PWUD? Through collaboration with long term drug user activists with lived experience of substance use related stigma, this two-part research project explores the intergroup relations implicit in mainstream representations of people who use drugs in the context of Canadian anti-stigma campaigns.

In study one, 110 substance use-related anti-stigma campaigns from across Canada (the majority launched since 2017) were identified and analyzed to reveal wider trends in approaches to stigma reduction for people who use drugs. People with lived experience of substance use (i.e. active drug users, people in recovery, or people who have died of an overdose) comprise approximately half of all focal individuals represented and the majority of these individuals are represented as white and middle class. The intersection of substance use related stigma with other forms of oppression is almost never mentioned and most campaigns ignore the historical and structural dimensions of substance use related stigma, defining stigma in primarily psychological terms (e.g. individual bias, stereotypes). Furthermore, one of the most common anti-stigma strategies identified depends on “challenging the stereotypes” of a typical drug user, an approach that may function to only deepen the exclusion of marginalized PWUD by contending that privileged drug users are “not like those people”.  

In study two, eight focus groups with current and former illicit opioid users (N=41) from marginalized subgroups (e.g. low-income, Indigenous, racialized, transgender) critically analyzed two recent examples of Canadian anti-stigma campaigns. Participants did not see their marginalized identities or experiences of stigma represented in the imagery or messaging of the selected campaigns, which participants believed depicted primarily white-appearing, ‘mainstream’, middle-class PWUD. Participants feared the exclusion of their identities from anti-stigma campaigns perpetuated their wider societal exclusion and compounded the inequities of the overdose crisis (e.g. the over-representation of low-income and Indigenous people in overdose deaths).

These findings illustrate the complexity of substance use related stigma and suggest more inclusive, intersectional and structural approaches may be required to sufficiently denormalize stigma for all people who use drugs.

Friday Nov 20, 2020
2:30pm - 4:00pm via Zoom

Learning by Doing: An Experiential Way of Learning Forensic Interviewing

Dr. Hugues Hervé: Registered Clinical Psychologist in B.C., Lead Author of the StepWise 360, Director of The Forensic Practice

Area: Forensic

The reliability, accuracy, and completeness of information gathered from interviews is of paramount importance in forensic contexts, as this information is used to make decisions that can impact justice, liberty, and safety. Although gaps in research remain, there is now a solid body of research that points to the best practices in forensic interviewing and the problematic ones. As a result, many evidence-based forensic interviewing guidelines now share more similarities than differences. However, an area that the field continues to struggle with is how best to train forensic interviewers to ensure that the skills taught are transferred to, and maintained in, the field. This presentation will focus on experiential learning as a necessary ingredient for effective training, both during in-class and online instruction. This session will conclude with a demonstration of an experiential way to highlight the uniqueness and complexity of memory-based interviewing, a fundamental interviewing skill taught in the StepWise 360.

Social Area Symposium

Dr. Rebecca Cobb, Richard Rigby, Chelsey Lee, Becky Cobb, Abigail Falk, Jessica Ferreira

Area: Social

Dr. Cobb and her students will be presenting their most recent research ideas and findings covering a range of topics on close romantic relationships. 

Friday, October 30, 2020 2:30PM - 4:00PM via Zoom

Firearms and suicide:  What do we know and what can we do?

Dr. Michael D. Anestis: GVRC Executive Director; Associate Professor in the Dept. of Urban Global Public Health at the Rutgers School of Public Health

Area: Clinical

Firearms account for over half of all American suicide deaths and suicide accounts for nearly two-thirds of all American firearm deaths. In any given year, approximately 25,000 Americans will die by suicide using this method alone. Despite these startling numbers, firearm owners remain largely unaware of the association between firearm access and suicide risk and the nation as a whole has struggled to broadly implement strategies that may prevent many of these deaths. In this talk, Dr. Anestis will explain how and why firearms are related to suicide, data driven steps that could prevent thousands of death each year, and obstacles that have prevented successful implementation.

Friday, October 23, 2020 1:00PM - 2:30PM via Zoom

Event Details

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

Location: SFU Burnaby Campus, AQ 4130

Event Details

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

Location: SFU Burnaby Campus, Saywell 10051

2019 Department Colloquiums and Seminars

Event Details

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

Location: SFU Burnaby Campus, Halpern 126

Event Details

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

Location: SFU Burnaby Campus, Halpern 114

Gender Stereotypes Have Changed but the Changes are Surprising

Event Details

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



Location: 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

Event Details

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

Location: 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

Marilyn Bowman - James Legge and the Chinese Classics

Vincent Di Lollo - On Attention / presentation file

Katherine Loveland - A Collaborative Autism Research and Intervention Group in BC

Guest Speakers

Steve Nash - A Conversation with Steve Nash

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