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Student Research Projects

Student Research

Students in the 4-year BA degree in Psychology must complete a major research project in their fourth year. Research students have opportunities to travel to conferences with faculty--an invaluable experience that adds an impressive addition onto your resume or academic CV, increases your chances at gaining admission to graduate schools and for scholarships, and is also fun and memorable!

"I have fond memories of the conferences, seeing the cities (Vancouver, Montreal), and spending time with friends. One fun story from Montreal attending CPA [Canadian Psychological Association] was that Tracy, Marie, and I were all given free tickets to the CPA President's Supper. We were so under dressed (all I had was a polo shirt)...but there we were chatting with distinguished researchers, teachers, etc. I was grabbing some appetizers and started chatting to someone in line, I introduced myself as "Josh Noble - I'm an undergrad, I was given a free ticket." She said, 'Oh, nice to meet you Josh. I'm the president of CPA.' Fun memories!“

-Josh Noble, Psych Grad, 2010


Recent Student Research Projects

The following are examples of projects presented at conferences or published with students included as authors.

Sanctuary cities: A solution for Edmonton’s precarious status migrants?

Housing First participants requiring supports past 18 months: A longitudinal analysis in Edmonton, Alberta.

Muslim belief in divine intervention and religious locus of control.

De-stressing with a dog: The psychological and physiological effects of a dog on perceived stress levels of university students.

The end is not the end: Expectations of the end-times and environmental engagement.

The Shuswap Children’s Association: A needs assessment study of fee-for-service programs for children with autism.

Self-presentation choices in mobile app games and the effect on men’s and women’s interactions online.

Envisioning the end: The impact of end-times beliefs on environmental mindsets.

Transitions out of homelessness: A Housing First perspective. 

How mindful meditation affects the awareness of and interactions with the natural environment as expressed through journal responses and focus groups. 

The effects of diaphragmatic breathing on stress in athletes.

A fuzzy connection: How the human-animal bond affects clients in therapy sessions.

An examination of the relationship between materialism, time pressure, and concern for the environment through an online questionnaire.       
Exploring local strategies and provincial responses to human trafficking in Alberta.

How religious beliefs influence the endurance of environmental stewardship commitments

Living in light of the apocalypse: How the relationship of religion and the environment can affect life today.

The Inner Transformation: Interviewing Centering Prayer Practitioners

The Inner Transformation: Interviewing Centering Prayer Practitioners

Research Type: Discovery Status: Published Apr 07, 2018

The retrieval of traditional Christian contemplative practices such as centering prayer has continued steadily since the 1960s, although research into the effects of centering prayer has not kept pace.…

The Effects of Centering Prayer on Undergraduate Everyday Stress

The Effects of Centering Prayer on Undergraduate Everyday Stress

Research Type: Discovery Status: Published Apr 07, 2018

This study investigated the effects of centering prayer on undergraduate students’ everyday stress. Our hypothesis was that regular practice of centering prayer would decrease everyday stress. This…

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