Event: Mental Health and Addictions – Communities Leading Change

Tuesday Sept. 19th. 7-9PM, CS104

Cape Breton University invites you to a community discussion led by CBU alumnus, Glace Bay native and health advocate Todd Leader, focusing on obstacles preventing progress in Mental Health and Addictions services on Cape Breton Island.

This event will help guide the many people and groups in Cape Breton who are advocating for improvements in the mental health and addiction system.

Cape Breton University is committed to supporting and empowering our communities to effectively lead this much-needed change.


Tri-council Funding Presentation for Students

Come to the information session on tri-agency scholarships, led by program officer Amy Reckling! This would be beneficial for students who are planning on applying to graduate school in psychology and other disciplines. A key focus will be how to build a strong application and research proposal. It does take a lot of time and care to prepare a strong application, but it is a worthwhile endeavor if you are applying to graduate school. In addition to providing financial support, this scholarship carries a lot of prestige throughout your academic career. Dr. Erin Robertson, Associate Professor of Psychology, will also speak and answer questions about her former role as chair of the psychology division of scholarships and fellowships.

When: 9:30 to 11:00 am Friday, September 15

Where: CS 101

Three new courses this year.

To adapt to the changing times, we have added 3 courses to our catalog.


Environmental Psychology is the study of the relationship between humans, and natural and built environments. Traditionally, the emphasis in environmental psychology has been on how human behaviour, feelings and well-being are impacted by the environment. Currently, there is an increased emphasis on how humans affect natural environments.

This course will examine the theories guiding research in this field and review the research as it applies to topics such as the effects of weather and climate on behaviour, and vice versa, urban and rural environments, crowding and personal space. Questions like “Have you ever thought about why some people are committed recyclers while others toss items into the trash without a thought?” or even “How colours used to decorate an office space can improve productivity?” are samples of the kind of questions asked.

As . . . → Read More: Three new courses this year.

Welcome Éric!

As a department, we are thrilled to add Éric R. Thériault to our faculty this year. Eric introduces himself:

Moi je viens du Nord. Born and raised in Northern Ontario, where I completed most of my education. My undergraduate work was done at l’Université Laurentienne (Sudbury) in Psychology. This was followed by a Master’s of Science at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) in experimental psychology — applied health studies with a specialization in Gerontology, where I was able to research and publish on the health and well-being of older Francophones in the home-care setting of Ontario. I then finished my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo). The focus of my research was on psycho-gerontology and non-immigrant minority ethnic groups, such as Francophones and members of the Métis Nation in Ontario. I collaborated with researchers at WLU and the University of Guelph, where I was able to examine gambling . . . → Read More: Welcome Éric!

The new Certificate in Quantitative and Qualitative Psychology Research Methods

A valuable university education is not just about the content (e.g. what is classical conditioning or what are Piaget’s stages of development), but also very much about the academic skills you acquire. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology, it is unlikely that you would get a job that asked you to apply classical conditioning principles or developmental stages (that would require a graduate or professional degree), but more likely that you would be asked to work with data, apply statistical procedures, and/or disseminate information, should the employer be made aware of this skill-set. This could include dependent variables that we use in psychology, but more likely to involve variables from other fields such as health, education, and business.

From a business angle, with more and more companies using big data, the demand for data scientists, who know how to manage information, spot patterns within it and draw conclusions and insights, . . . → Read More: The new Certificate in Quantitative and Qualitative Psychology Research Methods