Chris Westbury, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science


Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science
(780) 492-5275
P-577 Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9



I was born and raised in Calgary.I have two undergraduate degrees from McGill University, one in philosophy (major) and computer science (minor) and the other in psychology (major). I also graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University. 


My research interest focus on understanding the structure and neurological underpinnings of language processing, mostly focused on written words. I have a particular interest in semantics, the study of word meaning.


I currently teach the graduate Professional and Ethical Issues course (PSYCO502) and a 4th year course in psychometrics, the measurement of psychological constructs such as IQ and clinical diagnostic categories (PSYCO431).


PSYCH 405 - Special Topics in Psychology II

Review and discussion of special theoretical or methodological topics, or a novel or emerging research areas in contemporary psychology. Prerequisites: PSYCH 104, PSYCH 105, PSYCH 213 or STAT 151 or 161, and a 300-level PSYCH course. Note: Consult the Department of Psychology webpage for the topics for the year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Arts]

PSYCH 431 - Theory and Practice of Psychometrics

The nature of psychological tests: some practical work in administration, scoring and interpretation of tests. Prerequisites: PSYCH 213 or STAT 151 or 161, and PSYCH 333 or 335. [Faculty of Arts].

PSYCH 505 - Conference Course in Psychology

[Faculty of Science]

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Featured Publications

Chris Westbury and Geoff Hollis

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2019 May; 148 (1):97-123.

Westbury, C., Hollis, G., Siidhu, D.M., & Pexman, P.M.

Journal of Memory and Language. 2018 April; 99 (28)

Westbury, C. F., Cribben, I., & Cummine, J.

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 10

Westbury, C.

The Mental Lexicon. 11 (3):350-374

Geoff Hollis, Chris Westbury

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 23 (6):1744-1756