Editor Needed for Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology (CJEP)

Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology
Call for Nominations: 2013-2016

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association has opened nominations for the Editorship of Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology for the years 2013-2016. Candidates should be available to start receiving manuscripts in 2012, to prepare for issues to be published in 2013.

The Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology is published in collaboration with Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (BBCS) within a printing agreement with the American Psychological Association (APA).

Editors are normally members of both the Canadian Psychological Association and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science.

Nominations should be received before August 1, 2012. Click here for more information on the nomination procedures.

CPA Hosts Town Hall Meeting at CPA Convention with Representatives from Three National Funding Agencies

One of the greatest opportunities for psychology is that our work falls in the domain of all three of the federal granting councils; that also is one of our greatest challenges. The breadth of the research in our field requires us to take a “big picture” view. It is hoped that this town hall meeting will begin a conversation on how we can work together with the agencies to create and sustain innovative research in psychological science and discuss the way that psychologists can help shape the science landscape in Canada. The presentations by the three panelists representing CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC gave us a sense of where each of the councils sees science in general, and psychology in particular, contributing to innovation and leadership in Canadian Science; including the challenges and opportunities that psychologists, as both academics and practitioners, will encounter over the next decade or so. Following the presentations the panelists took questions from the floor.


  • Ms. Isabelle Blain, Vice-Presidents, NSERC (via videoconference)
  • Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of SSHRC
  • Dr. Anthony Phillips, Scientific Director of the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, CIHR

Date: Friday June 15, 2012
Location: World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, NS

CPA Attends Health Research Caucus Reception and Kiosk Session on Brain Research

On May 14, 2012, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker attended the Health Research Caucus, hosted and organized by Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, Chair of the Research Caucus.  The reception and kiosk session, which was held at Parliament Hill, focussed on three areas of brain research: the aging brain and dementia, traumatic brain injury, and child brain development.  

CPA Meets with Chair of Health Research Caucus

On May 15, 2012, Dr. Karen Cohen, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, and Ms. Meagan Hatch met with Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, Chair or the Research Caucus to discuss issues related to access to mental health services, mental health research, and knowledge translation.

Response to CIHR Proposed Changes to its Open Suite of Programs and Enhancements to the Peer Review Process

CPA participates on a Blue Ribbon Panel of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) responding to the CIHR Proposed Changes to its Open Suite of Programs and Enhancements to the Peer Review Process.  Click here to read the CFHSS submission

CPA Attends Briefing on Report, The Health of Canada's Young People: a mental health focus

On May 9, 2012, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker attended a technical briefing on key findings from the 2010 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) report - The Health of Canada's Young People: a mental health focus. The report was released by the Public Health Agency of Canada on February 15, 2012. As a follow-up to the launch of the report, PHAC invited prinicipal researchers from Queens' University to present on its key findings. Presenters included: John Freeman, Willaim Pickett, Ian Janssen and Wendy Craig.

CPA Elected Chair of Canadian Consortium of Research (CCR)

(March 2012): The CPA has long since been a member of the Steering Committee of the CCR. Most recently, Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker held this position.  With Dr. Votta-Bleeker's maternity leave from April 1, 2011 - April 30, 2012 (inclusive), CPA's CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, oversaw this position. During this time, Dr. Cohen was elected Chairperson of the CCR. In this capacity, Dr. Cohen took a lead role in the CCR 2012 federal budget response. She also participated in a CCR meeting with the President of SSHRC at which time topics related to student support, research funding, and SSHRC restructuring were discussed. Current topics under discussion for the CCR are NSERC and CIHR funding for equipment.   Dr. Votta-Bleeker will resume her participation in the CCR upon her return from maternity leave.

CPA Becomes a Charter Member of the Science Media Centre of Canada

In November 2011, the CPA became a Charter Member of the Science Media Centre of Canada. With this Charter Membership, CPA has an opportunity to let SMCC know about developments in psychological science with which to inform media and, ultimately, the public. Click here for more information.

New CPA Section

The CPA would like to announce the formation of a new Section - Quantitative Methods. This Section will help bring together those interested in studying statistical methods for analyzing data in psychology, including providing opportunities for research and teaching partnerships, providing a method for unifying and organizing quantitative methods talks at the CPA convention, and furthering the development of novel approaches for analyzing psychological data.

Canadian Mental Illness and Mental Health Alliance (CAMIMH) Announces this Year's Mental Health Champions

(April 20, 2012): The CPA is pleased to announce the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) Champions for this year. Please visit the Mental Illness Awareness Week website for information about the winners and their award categories or click here to read the press release. CPA is a member of CAMIMH and CPA CEO, Karen Cohen, is the 2012 Chairperson of CAMIMH's Mental Illness Awareness Week. Click here for more information.

Canadian Consortium Research (CCR) Response to 2012 Federal Budget

(April 2012): On March 29, 2012, the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR), of which the CPA is a Steering Committee Member (and upcoming Chair), met to develop a response to the 2012 Federal Budget.  Click here to view the response.  

Call for Submissions: 2nd Annual High School Science Awards

The CPA is excited to announce the 2nd Annual High School Science Awards, Sponsored by Scotiabank. Click here for more information and official rules.

Proposal for CIHR Funding: Dr. Peter Hausdorf (CSIOP), CPA, Dr. Rick Hackett and HEAL

(February, 2012): The CPA, on behalf of a subset of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) member organizations and associations, and with Dr. Peter Hausdorf (Canadian Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology - CSIOP) and Dr. Rick Hackett (Human Resources and Management, McMaster University), submitted a proposal for funding to CIHR February 29, 2012. The goal of the proposal is to develop a web-based survey that would allow for the assessment of the work-related health and well-being of Canada’s health professionals. Anticipated notice of decision is Summer 2012.

CPA, as a member of the Canadian Consortium of Research (CCR), encourages you to contact your MP to let them know about the importance of research and research funding to Canada.

At recent meetings, members of the Canadian Consortium of Research (CCR) discussed the outlook for this year’s federal Budget.  The context is the federal Strategic and Operating Review which required all departments to propose a departmental budget based on an overall cut of (a) 5% and (b) 10%.  Final decisions will be made by senior ministers.  Presumably, cuts  to the Granting Councils may well be proposed under this exercise.  Furthermore, government in-house research is already being seriously cut in at least one department, Environment  Canada, and more may be proposed.

While this process is well underway, Minister Flaherty has talked of ‘flexibility’ in the government’s plans, and the fluid international economic outlook probably means that the government’s plans will also be fluid. This situation is at best unclear and at worst threatening for research funding.  Yet , given the economic uncertainties, the government may be open to persuasion.

CCR therefore believes that  it is essential that the voice of the research community be heard!  CCR is undertaking various actions, one of which  is to recommend to all CCR member organizations that they ask their individual members to urgently send e-mails to their own MP, with copies to Ministers Flaherty, Paradis and Goodyear, to remind them of the importance of continuing to support research.  The success of the 2010 e-mail campaign regarding the Ontario Engineering Act suggests to us that a large number of e-mails could well be effective.  In addition, last January’s CCR-coordinated e-mail campaign produced over 500 e-mails, which must have raised the visibility of the research community’s arguments.

This year it is very simple to send a letter to your MP and to Ministers Flaherty, Paradis and Goodyear, making use of CPA’s advocacy on-line service – the same one CPA used to marshal the federal and provincial/territorial election campaigns in 2011.

To send a letter using the on-line service simply click on either of the links below.  On each page, you will find a letter template which you can change or customize as you see fit.  The instructions to modify and send the letter are found on the page.  For any questions or assistance, simply contact Tyler Stacey-Holmes at styler@cpa.ca

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1727&ea.campaign.id=12842 (English)

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1727&ea.campaign.id=13272 (French)

Seeking member feedback for “Evidence-based practice of psychological treatments”

CPA recently formed a task force charged with developing a set of criteria to be used to define evidence based practice (EBP) of psychological treatments. The enclosed document is the first draft of what will ultimately be a comprehensive set of guidelines intended to support Canadian psychologists in providing treatment that is guided by the best available evidence. We invite you to submit your reactions to the document entitled “Evidence-Based Practice of Psychological Treatments: A Canadian Perspective.” Detailed feedback will help inform future iterations of the guidelines.

Please go to the following link for more information and let us know what you think:http://cpa.ca/researchers/sciencedirectorate/defebp/   

The survey posted at the link will remain live until April 15, 2012.

Research Chair Opening

Université Laval's Faculty of medicine is calling for applications for a Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in the field of Primary Health Care. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2012. Click here for more information.

6th Annual Quality Worklife Quality Healthcare (QWQHC) Summit

Mark your calendars!  Join us as QWQHC’s 6th Annual Summit moves west to Vancouver, British Columbia at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel on March 1-2, 2012.  The Summit will once again provide an opportunity to share ideas, innovations, and practices from a network of colleagues, all engaged in building healthy work environments and improving quality of worklife in healthcare.

The draft Program and Call for Submissions will be available in early Autumn 2011.  In the meantime, feel free to visit the QWQHC website at www.qwqhc.ca for more information about our mandate and to hear what participants had to say about the 2011 Summit.

If you have any questions about the Summit, please contact Sally Clelford from Face 2 Face Events Management (conference secretariat) at sally@f2fe.com.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting (February 16-20, 2012 in Vancouver, B.C.)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be holding its annual meeting next year in Vancouver, B.C. from February 16-20, 2012. The AAAS meeting is the largest gathering of its kind in the world. This will be the first time that it has been held in Canada in more than 30 years.

The Vancouver meeting presents an exceptional opportunity for the Canadian research community to meet across all disciplines, showcase Canada’s research and innovation, and place the themes and issues that resonate strongly in this country on the agenda.

The theme chosen for the 2012 meeting, “Flattening the World: Building the 21st Century Global Knowledge Society,” reflects the AAAS’s desire to reach out and engage international dialogue and collaboration for solutions to the global challenges we face. 

The AAAS Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals that highlight the theme and focus on solutions to global challenges. Proposals that are not directly related to the theme will also be considered if they involve ground-breaking areas of research, new and exciting developments, or cross-cutting activities in support of science, technology and education.

For more information, please vist: http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2012/program/symposia/submit/?sa_campaign=Internal_Ads/AAAS/home_page/2011-02-28/nav_col_btn

Submission of abstracts for the 40th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society

The 40th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society will take place in Montreal, Quebec, February 15-18, 2012 under the theme, Back to the future of INS: Transdisciplinary approaches to neuropsychology.  Deadline for receipt of abstracts is August 31, 2011. For meeting information and call for abstracts, visit: www.the-ins.org or contact the meeting organizers at 614-263-4200 or ins@osu.edu.