Psychology Department

Explore what makes us think, feel and act the way we do. Studying the science of psychology will give you a better understanding of yourself and the people around you — in your life and at work.

Why study psychology at CapU?

Psychology is the scientific study of people. At CapU, you’ll examine how we learn, develop and change throughout our lives. You’ll learn what motivates us, how our personalities, social roles and cultures affect us, and the impact of personal challenges such as stress or mental illness.

Gain essential skills that you can apply to your life and career. Achieve a deeper understanding of the fundamentals behind the science of human behaviour. Psychology is a fascinating area of study that can help us realize what makes us who we are.

New skills and knowledge

CapU’s small classes allow for greater interactivity and individual attention from our passionate instructors. You’ll establish personal connections that can help steer you toward your goals.

Our department offers innovative programming with opportunities for hands-on learning. Studying psychology also improves critical thinking, and increases scientific literacy through exposure to research methods and statistics. With interpersonal “soft” skills and research experience, you’ll be equipped with the right skills and knowledge for any career.

Career paths and further education

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate programs and majors across most universities. At CapU, psychology courses are required for an Associate of Arts degree in psychology and are excellent electives for many other programs.

Courses in psychology can help you prepare for a career in a variety of fields including childcare, education, law, research, business, health care, social services and police work.

The Associate of Arts degree in psychology can start you on the path to further degrees, either at CapU to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree or by transferring to another post-secondary institution.

Psychology program

Learn the science, history and theories of psychology. The Associate of Arts degree program in psychology is the first two years of a BA.

Upon graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree - Psychology you may choose to transfer into the third year of a Bachelor of Arts program with a major in psychology at another post-secondary institution. Find out more in the BC Transfer Guide's Psychology Flexible Pre-Major page.

Or you may opt to stay at CapU to complete a four-year degree in one of two programs:

Psychology courses

Our courses range from introductory to upper-level, covering a broad variety of topics, themes and domains. 

Interested in transferring credits to another institution? Consult the BC Transfer Guide.

Student opportunities

Get connected and gain skills to benefit your future career. Also check out the Student Resources section below for important links to help you access relevant psychology information, including the essential Psychology Student Resources eLearn site.

Experiential learning

As a student at CapU you’ll have opportunities for applied skills and experiential learning.

CapU Students Psychology Club

Join the Capilano University Psychology Club to take part in stimulating discussions in a non-judgmental environment, find out about current events and topics in psychology, and connect with resources.

Student resources

The lists below link to useful information related to CapU’s psychology department as well as industry-related news and associations.

Psychology Student Resources: This Moodle site is your go-to resource for research assignment guidelines, news announcements, APA style tips, information regarding the workshop series and more.

Capilano Universe: Psychology instructors often take part in this presentation series, giving free lectures in local public libraries.

Quick Guide to APA Style (docx): This Word download will help with your APA writing style.

PsycINFO: Access to the CapU library's database of scholarly articles and other sources used for research in the behavioural sciences and mental health.

APA Careers in Psychology brochure (pdf): an excellent introduction to what psychology is, the kinds of work psychologists do, and the training required to become a psychologist.

Major Skills Developed by Psychology Majors: a list of skills and core competencies psychology majors attain.

Library Research in Psychology: APA’s introduction to the scholarly literature of psychology required for your term and research papers and the keyword searchable database PsycINFO.

Tutorials on APA databases: American Psychology Association provides tips and strategies to optimize your search techniques.

Canadian Psychological Association: the national association for psychology in Canada, with opportunities and resources available to students.

American Psychological Association: this major association provides a range of information and services.

Association for Psychological Science: a source of psychology research news, upcoming conventions other related information.

Professional Associations and Societies: Wikipedia's exhaustive list.

Alberta Girardi BA, MA, PhD
Instructor Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Psychology

604 984 1770 ext. 1770
Fir Building, room FR447
albertagirardi@capilanou.ca
Danielle Labossière BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Psychology

604 986 1911 ext. 3027
Fir Building, room FR455
daniellelabossi@capilanou.ca
Danyael Lutgens BA., M.Sc., PhD
Instructor, Psychology
School of Social Sciences
Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 984 4913 ext. 4913
Fir Building, room FR441
daniellelutgens@capilanou.ca
Deyar Asmaro BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, Psychology
School of Social Sciences
Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 7448
Fir Building, room FR476
deyarasmaro@capilanou.ca
Douglas Alards-Tomalin BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, Psychology
School of Social Sciences
Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3551
Fir Building, room FR407
douglasalardstomalin@capilanou.ca
Hammond Tarry MA, DPhil
Instructor, Psychology
School of Social Sciences
Psychology

604 986 1911 ext. 7295
Fir Building, room FR501A
htarry@capilanou.ca
Janet Catherine Waters BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, Psychology, CFA Treasurer
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Psychology
Capilano University Faculty Association

604 986 1911 ext. 2475
Fir Building, room FR405
jawaters@capilanou.ca
Jason Martens PhD
Instructor, Psychology
School of Social Sciences
Psychology

604 986 1911 ext. 3696
Fir Building, room FR445
jasonmartens@capilanou.ca
Judy Te Kanawa
Emergency Floor Warden Fir Bldg., DDA 1, School of Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Criminology
Anthropology
Economics
Geography
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Women's & Gender Studies

604 986 1911 ext. 2036
Fir Building, room FR401
jtekanawa@capilanou.ca
Sally Walters BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Psychology

604 986 1911 ext. 2460
Fir Building, room FR419
swalters@capilanou.ca
Sandra Cooper
Divisional Supervisor, Emergency Floor Warden Fir Bldg.
School of Social Sciences
Anthropology
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Criminology
Economics
Geography
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Women's & Gender Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 983 7525 ext. 7525
Fir Building, room FR415
scooper@capilanou.ca

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Psychology Department


604 984 4953
Fir Building, room FR401
socsci@capilanou.ca

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604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
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