Sandra Wiebe, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
(780) 492-2237
P-243 Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9



I joined the University of Alberta in 2009, as a member of the Developmental Science area in Psychology. After receiving my B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg, I went on to complete a Ph.D at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, minoring in Neuroscience, and several postdoctoral research positions at Southern Illinois University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


My research examines how children develop the ability to regulate their behaviour, attention, cognition, and emotions, how these abilities emerge and develop in the infant, toddler, and preschool years, how changes in behaviour relate to brain development, and what factors put children at risk for developing problems with self-regulation. To study these questions, I use methods drawn from Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, including game-like tasks adapted from adult neuropsychological tests and behavioral neuroscience measures, sometimes in conjunction with neuroimaging methods like event-related potentials (ERPs), in which small ongoing changes in voltage at the scalp that reflects underlying brain activity are recorded. In addition, I am interested in how contextual and genetic factors (nature and nurture) interact to influence children's developing self-regulatory skills, including prenatal risk factors such as smoking during pregnancy, postnatal factors such as physical activity, and genetic factors related to the dopamine system.


I regularly teach PSYCO 531 (Design and Analysis in Psychological Research I), PSYCO 323 (Infant & Child Development), and Special Topics seminars (PSYCO 421/622) on Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and the Lifespan Development of Executive Function. I also supervise students in individual research through the Psychology and Neuroscience Honours programs, PSYCO 299 (Research Opportunities in Psychology), and PSYCO 396/398/496/498 (Independent Study).



PSYCH 323 - Infant and Child Development

Biological, cognitive and social aspects of psychological development during the period from infancy to childhood. Prerequisite: PSYCH 223. [Faculty of Arts]

PSYCH 523 - Developmental Methods: Application

Prerequisite: PSYCH 522 or permission of Instructor. [Faculty of Science]

PSYCH 531 - Design and Analysis in Psychological Research I

[Faculty of Science]

Browse more courses taught by Sandra Wiebe


A cross-cultural examination of selective attention in Canada and Japan: The role of social context

Author(s): Sawa Senzaki, Sandra A. Wiebe, Takahiko Masuda, & Yuki Shimizu
Publication: Cognitive Development
Volume: 48
Page Numbers: 32-41
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Proactive control in early and middle childhood: An ERP study

Author(s): Jonah Elke, Sandra A. Wiebe
Publication: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Volume: 26
Page Numbers: 28-38
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Valence matters: An electrophysiological study on how emotions influence cognitive performance in children

Author(s): Aishah Abdul Rahman, Sandra A. Wiebe
Publication: Developmental Psychobiology
Volume: 61
Page Numbers: 290-303
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Prenatal tobacco exposure and self-regulation in early childhood: Implications for developmental psychopathology

Author(s): Sandra A. Wiebe, Carrie A. C. Clark, Desiree M. de Jong, Nicolas Chevalier, Kimberly Andrews Espy, & Lauren Wakschlag
Publication: Development & Psychopathology
Volume: 27
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 397-409
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Language dominance and cognitive flexibility in French-English bilingual children

Author(s): Elena Nicoladis, Dorothea Hui, & Sandra A. Wiebe
Publication: Frontiers in Psychology
Volume: 9
Page Numbers: Article 1697
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