Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Congratulations to the class of 2020! Although we are not be able to celebrate with you in person, know that our faculty and staff are so proud of your achievements and are grateful to have been part of your journey at SFU. Stay well and safe, and all the best to you and your future endeavors.
We would also like to acknowledge the oustanding accomplishments of the Convocation award winners from the Psychology department, who are featured below.
Dean's Undergraduate Convocation Medal
Emily Thornton, BA Hons in Psychology
Psychology has been a big part of Emily Thornton’s life for as long as she could remember. She is the daughter of parents who are also professors of psychology and grew up around psychology-specific terminology. When she was young, her parents would often discuss concepts such as “theory of mind” and “cognitive distortions” – which naturally sparked her curiosity to learn more about the brain and behavior. Read her full story here.
Jonathan Mendel, BA Hons in Psychology
As a student, Jonathan Mendel knew he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. But it wasn’t until he volunteered at a drop-in centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) where he found his knowledge and interest in social psychology could be leveraged to challenge the socio-economic barriers faced by people in that community. Read his full story here.
Dean's Graduate Convocation Medal
Dylan Wiwad, PhD in Social Psychology
For his doctoral dissertation, Dylan Wiwad explored how psychology can be leveraged to address economic inequality. He tested an intervention aimed at reducing poverty and mitigating economic inequality to better understand how perceptions of, and beliefs about, poverty influence tolerance for economic inequality and motivate egalitarian behavior. Read his full story here.
2020 Honorary Degree Recipient
Vincent Di Lollo
Di Lollo has been at the forefront of research in his field for decades. One example of this cutting edge research is his information-processing model. In a survey by the American Psychological Society, this work was listed among the contributions that triggered the most significant changes in psychological research in the twentieth century. Read his full story here.