A comprehensive curriculum

The psychology professors at Carleton represent all of psychology’s major streams outlined below and have a wide range of teaching and research interests.

Personality and social psychologists study basic group, individual and organizational-level processes such as responses to discrimination, procrastination, happiness and deriving benefit from adversity, as well as applications to personal and social topics such as romantic relationships or the long-term effects of abuse.

Forensic psychologists deal broadly with the research and application of psychological knowledge to the justice system, such as understanding the development of criminal behaviour, the classification and rehabilitation of offenders, eyewitness testimony and police psychology.

Cognitive psychologists are interested in basic and applied processes related to memory, attention, perception, speech and language, decision-making and human performance.

Developmental psychologists study theoretical and applied issues in the development of children from early childhood through adolescence, such as shyness, relational aggression, body image in early adolescence and the development of language, literacy and mathematics knowledge.

Health psychologists study the psychological, social, and behavioural factors associated with health and illness, such as stress and coping, forgiveness, the effects of gambling, experiencing loss, employment transition and personality factors associated with wellbeing.

Organizational Psychologists aim to understand: the behaviour of individuals and organizations, what constitutes meaningful and enriching work, and how organizations can effectively manage the people that comprise the workplace.