As a teaching professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta, I teach courses related to the Social and Cultural Psychology area, and supervise undergraduate research projects. I do not supervise graduate students, but do serve on graduate student supervisory and candidacy exam committees. In addition to Research Methods, I teach several courses, including: Self and Identity, Interpersonal Relationships, Social Influence, Social Psychology, and Personality. For further information about my lab, as well as course information and syllabi, please go to my homepage (scroll to the bottom of this page to find the link).
My current research focuses on the Psychology of Teaching and Learning.
I am currently accepting applications for student to complete Independent/Individual study (PSYCO 496/498) on the Psychology of Teaching and Learning. This course will cover what research in psychology and education can tell us about how learning in university takes place, and how this knowledge can be applied to the teaching and learning in undergraduate psychology courses. The practical component of this course involves students acting as undergraduate learning assistants (ULAs) to lead workshops or facilitate class activities in real undergraduate courses. Skills developed during this course will be relevant to future teachers, academics, coaches, managers/supervisors, those working with clients to develop new skills, or anyone who intends to continue teaching and/or learning new skills.
The Independent or Individual Study students completing this course in the Summer 2020 will be working to design interactive learning elements to be embedded in online versions of PSYCO 105 (Individual and Social Behavior), 212 (Introduction to Research Methods), or 241 (Social Psychology) course. To be eligible for this Independent/Individual Study opportunity, students must have successfully completed the course for which they would create interactive elements. If you are interested in applying to complete this PSYCO 496/498 course in the Summer, please email an unofficial copy of your transcript and a current CV/resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also need to complete an application form found here: https://forms.gle/jRH8yrcuGVLsBcFQ6
The Independent or Individual Study students completing this course in the Fall 2020 will be working as ULAs in Dr. Passey’s PSYCO 241: Social Psychology course. The ULAs role in PSYCO 241 will include facilitating in-class discussion and activities (via Zoom), and holding a virtual student hour each week to answer student questions. Students must have completed PSYCO 241 in order to be eligible for this Independent/Individual Study opportunity. If you are interested in applying to complete this PSYCO 496/498 course in the Fall, please email an unofficial copy of your transcript and a current CV/resume to email@example.com. You will also need to complete an application form found here: https://forms.gle/8ZR4Te7HARi8A8cy9
Average Universal Student Ratings of Instruction rating for the item, Overall the instructor is excellent = 4.61 (over the last 6 yrs.)
Awarded Teaching Innovation Fund award (from SciLIFT – Science Education and Learning Innovation Facilitation Team) to assess student engagement and learning outcomes in my re-designed PSYCO 212 Introduction to Research Methods course.
Awarded Blended Learning Award from the Provost’s Digital Learning Committee and Centre for Teaching and Learning for "Blended Learning for Social Psychology".
Instructors of Distinction Honor Roll (2014-2015), Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
Connie Varnhagen Excellence in Teaching Psychology Award (2012), Department of Psychology, University of Alberta
For further information about upcoming courses and syllabi, please go to my homepage (scroll to bottom of this page).
Introduction to the study of human individuality, personality, and social psychological processes. Some aspects of normal and abnormal human development, psychological assessment and treatment may be reviewed. Fulfillment of the ¼ laboratory credit typically entails serving as a research participant but can be fulfilled through the completion of alternative assignments. Prerequisite: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100. [Faculty of Arts]Fall Term 2021
Experimental and nonexperimental methods in psychology. Topics covered include philosophy of science, measurement, reliability and validity of methods, measures, and effects; experimental quasi-experimental, and single-subject designs; biases in experimentation; and research ethics. Prerequisites: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100, and PSYCO 105, and STAT 141 or 151 or 161. [Faculty of Arts]Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
A survey of theories and research on the individual in a social context. Prerequisites: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100, and PSYCO 105 or equivalent. Note: PSYCO 241 and SOC 241 may not both be taken for credit. [Faculty of Arts]Fall Term 2021
A general overview of research and theory in the domain of relationships, based on classic and contemporary findings from the social psychological literature. Most of the course content will focus on adult romantic relationships. Prerequisites: PSYCO 241 or SOC 241. Note: Not open to students with credit in HECOL 210 or PSYCO 305 Topic: Interpersonal Relationships. [Faculty of Arts].Winter Term 2022
Review and discussion of special theoretical or methodological topics, or a novel or emerging research areas in contemporary psychology. Prerequisites: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100, and PSYCO 105, and STAT 141 or 151 or 161. Note: Consult with the Department for the specific topic offered each year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Arts].Winter Term 2022