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October 23, 2008

Martin Drapeau Named Vice-President of l'Ordre des psychologues du Québec!

Martin Drapeau Dr. Martin Drapeau, Professor in the Counselling Psychology program of Educational and Counselling Psychology, was recently named Vice-President of the l'Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ)! Martin is a long-standing and distinguished member of the OPQ who also serves on its Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee. As well, he is President of the committee for continuing education of the OPQ.

Congratulations Martin on the honour!

October 23, 2008

Nathan Smith Featured in McGill Reporter!

Nathan Smith Nathan Smith, one of the two new faculty members in the Counselling Psychology program here at ECP, is profiled in the 'New Faces, New Ideas' section of the current (October 23, 2008) issue of the McGill Reporter. The article introduces Nathan to readers by touching upon his research areas, which include coping, HIV prevention, and lesbian, gay and bisexual issues, and his excitement at continuing his work with us here at McGill. We're very glad Nathan chose McGill to do so and wish him all the best in his time with us!

To view an electronic copy of the article, please click here.
Otherwise, simply click on the image above for an expanded version from the printed edition.

October 9, 2008

Congratulations to Dean Thomson on the Birth of Baby Cole!

Dean Thomson Baby Cole Dean Thomson Baby Cole

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology is very excited and wishes all the best for Undergraduate Program Coordinator Dean Thomson and his wife Janice on the birth of their beautiful baby boy, Cole Chulainn Thomson! Cole was born on Friday morning, October 3rd, and weighed just under 9 pounds. You may click on either of the two great photos posted above to see larger versions.

Once again, a big congratulations to Dean and Janice!

September 26, 2008

Welcome Back 2008 Pot Luck Party!

Welcome 2008

Please click on the image above for a larger version. Thanks!

August 12, 2008

Mini-EdPsych Broadcast Schedule on Canal Savoir Released!

Mini-EdPsych Canal Savoir has just released the broadcast schedule of the highly successful Mini-EdPsych Lecture Series put on by ECP this spring. For those who were not lucky enough to attend, please visit the Mini-EdPsych section of our website to see the schedule of when each lecture will air.

Mini-EdPsych Lecture Series.

July 31, 2008

Martin Drapeau Interviewed on LCN and RDI!

Martin Drapeau Earlier today, ECP's Dr. Martin Drapeau was interviewed on two separate occasions, both of which aired on live television! First, Martin appeared on LCN at 8:30 this morning, discussing the role of the media and how they can affect children when covering kidnappings as part of their special on Cedrika Provencher's kidnapping of a year ago. The broadcast will appear three times today, including at 8:00 pm tonight. Later, Martin was also interviewed on RDI at 3:10 this afternoon, where he discussed how parents should talk to their children about kidnappings.

July 10, 2008

AERA Invites Susanne Lajoie to Become Fellow!

Susanne Lajoie AERA

The American Educational Research Association has just launched the AERA Fellows Program and Dr. Susanne Lajoie was among the first selected to receive the honour of being invited! In setting up this Fellows Program, the AERA wishes to recognize its members who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship across the multiple disciplinary fields that give education research its rich tradition, of which Susanne's work has most definitely done.

Congratulations Susanne on this wonderful honour!

UPDATE: Please click on the above image for a larger version of Dr. Lajoie and her AERA Fellow Certificate.

July 8, 2008

ECP's Victoria Talwar to appear on Rachael Ray on July 11th, 2008

Star professor Dr. Victoria Talwar will be appearing on the Rachael Ray show this Friday, July 11th, 2008, on the show entitled: "My Kids Lie". Please go to the following link for the Official Rachael Ray Website for more details. Choose 'On the Show' from the list of choices, and then the air date, July 11, 2008.

June 19, 2008

Sold-Out Mini-EdPsych Lecture Series Wraps Up Leaving People Wanting More!

Mini-EdPsych The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology's inaugural Mini-EdPsych Lecture Series concluded earlier this month with a riveting talk by Dr. Martin Drapeau, who fought a tough cold to deliver a highly entertaining and informative talk on psychotherapy.

The sold-out lecture series, of which there will surely be more, kicked off with a bang in late May with a talk by Dr. Susanne Lajoie, and the momentum was carried forward every Thursday as a wide array of topics were covered by Drs. Victoria Talwar, Krista Muis, Kim Cornish, Jeffrey Derevensky, and Panayiota Kendeou, before concluding with Dr. Drapeau. Not a single talk failed to elicit rave reviews from those who attended.

With the resounding success of the Minis, The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology would like to take this opportunity to give a big thanks to the event's organizers, Sandy Eisen, Ibby Schuster, and Kappy Flanders, and all the volunteers, Vera Fares, Rosalia Felice, Laura Naismith, Lisa Nelson, and John Ranellucci. Their help was invaluable at every stage in the process and will not be forgotten. Of course, a big thank you goes out to the lecturers themselves, as well!

For those who were unable to procure tickets to the series, do not fret, as there is still an opportunity to enjoy the lectures. Canal Savoire was present to tape each talk and will be airing them shortly on their network. Make sure to check back regularly for updates as we will be sure to post the scheduled airing dates as soon as they become available.

June 13, 2008

Montreal Gazette Article 'A Special Effort' Features Dr. Nancy Heath

Heath Article Dr. Nancy Heath, who just recently released a new book entitled 'Self-Injury in Youth,' is the pre-eminent focus of an article published in this morning's June 13th edition of the Montreal Gazette, 'A Special Effort.'

The article discusses the increased need for more training and education amongst teachers to deal with students with special needs, which is the primary focus of the Inclusive Education Certificate Program in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. With the number one concern of new teachers being their ability to effectively deal with students with behavioural problems and special needs, the importance of increased training has never been greater.

To view the article in full, simply click on the image to the left or download the PDF file attached below. Alternatively, you may visit the Gazette's website and read it online by clicking here.

Montreal Gazette 'A Special Effort' Article [.pdf]

June 4, 2008

'Self-Injury in Youth' - New Book by Dr. Nancy Heath

Self Injury Published by the Taylor and Francis Group of Routledge, Self-Injury in Youth: The Essential Guide to Assessment and Intervention, a new book co-written by ECP's own Dr. Nancy Heath and University of Victoria's Dr. Mary K. Nixon has just recently been released and is available for purchase online and at fine bookstores everywhere!

From the publisher's website,
…this edited volume features evidence-based reviews and practical approaches for the professional in the hospital, clinic, community and school, with case examples throughout. Divided into five major sections, the book offers background historical and cultural information, discussion of self-injury etiology, assessment and intervention/prevention issues, and relevant resources for those working with youths who self-injure.

Congratulations are due to Dr. Heath and all those who helped contribute to this great new book!

May 27, 2008


Video of the spring 2008 ceremony held on Tuesday, May 27th can be found on the McGill Convocations Website.

For a photo slideshow of the day's events please visit the following: link.

To see the list of all of ECP's 2008 graduates as well those honoured with awards at this year's Convocation ceremony, please download the file below.
2008 ECP Graduates and Award Recipients [.pdf]

May 10, 2008

Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education Announced!

Falon Jacobs Gazette

Make that 2 awards in 1 week for Inclusive Education student Falen Kawennaha:wi Jacobs! Falen's hard work has also earned her the Judy Fish Graduate Award, which is given by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in a Master's degree in Educational Psychology whose area of study/research is in Inclusive Education. The Graduate Award is based on academic merit, with consideration given to the student's involvement in the community and in extracurricular activities.

Congratulations once again to Falen!

May 7, 2008

Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award Winners Announced!

We have just received word that three Educational and Counselling Psychology students have received the Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award for the 2007-2008 academic year! The award, which is intended to provide support to exceptional graduate students in the Masters degree in Educational Psychology in Inclusive Education who are working to facilitate the inclusion of individuals with special needs, has been granted to Sonja Maksymiw-Duszara, Anika Maloni, and Falen Kawennaha:wi Jacobs.

Congratulations to each highly deserving recipient!

May 2, 2008

She Does it Again!

What more can be said about Jessica Toste? At this point, the never-ending parade of awards speak for themselves, for it was just recently announced that the Committee of McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office has awarded her the Governor General's Gold Medal as well as the McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award, given to an outstanding McGill graduate receiving a graduate degree in 2007-2008 in any discipline.

With this most recent news, it would seem that the only question we can ask of Jessica now is if there are any awards left that she hasn't already won? Congratulations again!

April 24, 2008

A Flurry of Achievement

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology has always had a strong student body whose many achievements over the years have had a lasting impact on those in their related fields of study and research. Recently, a number of awards and successes were announced that deserve further congratulations.

To begin, congratulations are in order for Jessica Toste, who has been the most celebrated student in our department this year! To start, Jessica has been awarded a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award to do research at Florida State next year with Joe Torgeson. She has also received the Canadian Association for Educational Psychology G. M. Dunlop Distinguished Contribution Award for Best Master's Thesis, which is on top of the SSHRC CGS award she won last year. It has been quite the year for Jessica, with every bit of recognition she receives being highly deserved! Congratulations are also in order to Dr. Nancy Heath, Jessica's supervisor, for all of her mentoring work.

Hot off the presses, a few more of the university's brightest and most noteworthy students, Kim Daniel and Julie Hanck, who work with their supervisor Dr. Kim Cornish, along with Kaori Wada, whose supervisor is Dr. Jeeseon Park, and a pair of Dr. Heath's students, Kristin Schaub and Elizabeth Roberts, have had their wonderful work recognized as all 5 have won FQRSC doctoral awards!

Meanwhile, Jessica McBride, a School/Applied Child Psychology student supervised by Dr. Jeff Derevensky, was the recipient of The Outstanding Master's Thesis Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington, D.C.! From the Counselling Psychology Department, we also have great news for some more outstanding students, Debora D'Iuso and Emily Blake, as both have both received FRSQ licensed professional doctoral awards! Both are supervised by Dr. Martin Drapeau.

At the Faculty level, congratulations are also in order for our valued professors Dr. Robert Savage, who is now an Associate Editor of the Journal of Learning Disabilities, along with Dr. Ingrid Sladeczek, who was awarded a CIHR seed grant for a Canadian Early Intervention Policy Workshop!

On the SSHRC front, an incredible 9 Faculty members received grants this year! Doctors Susanne Lajoie, Mark Aulls, Bruce Shore, Ron Stringer, Kim Cornish, Marilyn Fitzpatrick, Martin Drapeau, Alenoush Saroyan, and Victoria Talwar were the department's recipicients.

Congratulations to all the students, supervisors, and faculty members above for their wonderful achievements! This has definitely been one of, if not the most impressive year for ECP.

March 19, 2008

Special One-Time Only ECP Student Travel Award for 2008 Announced

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology is pleased to announce that this year we will be offering a Departmental Travel Award for students in our department who have taken part in a conference or scholarly meeting in order to present a paper, lecture, poster, or panel between the dates of March 15th and May 15th, 2008. For more information on the award, please visit the Travel Award page of our Financial Aid section, or simply click here.

UPDATE: The list of winners of the 2008 ECP Travel Award have been announced! Congratulations are in order for the following students: Debora D'Iuso, Meagan Williamson, Susan Gamberg, Jonathan Petragalia, Julie Timmermans, Emily Blake, Dominique Morisano, Mi Song Kim, and Marian Jazvac!

March 11, 2008

Montreal Gazette Article 'Students Not Only Ones Learning' Features ECP Student Erin Tevel!

'Students Not Only Ones Learning' Article If you flipped to the Youth Zone section of this morning's (March 11th) edition of the Montreal Gazette, you will undoubtedly have seen ECP's own student Erin Tevel featured prominently in the article 'Students Not Only Ones Learning.' Erin is an M.Ed. student in Educational Psychology and is currently teaching English, Math, and the Grade 9 Personal Orientation Project at Rosemount High School.

The focus of the article is on the relationship between students and teachers and how learning is not just 'a one-way street.' There are numerous quotes from students and teachers, including Erin, supporting that argument and giving insights on new teaching techniques and how to make subject matter more appealing to their students and encourage participation.

To view the article in full, simply click on the image to the left or download the PDF file attached below. Alternatively, you may visit the Gazette's website and read it online by clicking here.
'Students Not Only Ones Learning' Article [.pdf]

March 4, 2008

Dr. Victoria Talwar this year's Recipient for the Faculty of Education's Distinguished Teaching Award!

Victoria Talwar, Program Director The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology is proud to announce that ECP's very own Dr. Victoria Talwar has been awarded the Faculty of Education's Distinguished Teaching Award for 2008! Criteria for receipt of this award are excellence in classroom teaching, mentoring and supervision, and educational leadership.


Dr. Talwar, whose ground-breaking research work has garnered much media attention lately and has earned her a first-rate reputation as a researcher, has maintained a teaching record and reputation that is just as lauded as she consistently receives excellent teaching evaluation ratings for both graduate and undergraduate level courses. Her drive to develop both practical skills and critical thinking in all of her students along with her ability to approach and engage students with a wide variety of future career goals and interests is second to none.

Dr. Talwar is scheduled to receive the Award at this year's Convocation ceremonies.

Congratulations Victoria!

February 18, 2008

Dr. Kim Cornish to Present at March 13th edition of The Cutting Edge Lecture Series

'The Cutting Edge: Royal Society Lectures in Science' Event Flyer 'The Cutting Edge: Royal Society Lectures in Science' Event Flyer Dr. Kim Cornish, who leads the Cornish Research Team of McGill's Child Laboratory for Research Education in Developmental Disorders, will be the third guest lecturer of 'The Cutting Edge: Royal Society Lectures in Science' series on Thursday, March 13th, at 6:00pm at The Redpath Museum Auditorium (located at 859 Sherbrooke Street West). Her talk, entitled 'Genes, Brains and Developmental Disorders,' should be fascinating and is not one to be missed.


To view the event's flyer in full, simply click on the image to your left or download the PDF version of the flyer below.

For more information please contact jacques [dot] derome [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jacques Derome) or glass [at] cnd [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Leon Glass) , or visit the Lecture Series' website by clicking here.

'The Cutting Edge: Royal Society Lectures in Science' Event Flyer [.pdf]

February 18, 2008

'Inquiry in Education' – 2 New Books by ECP's own Drs. Mark Aulls and Bruce Shore – Available Now!

Inquiry The two volume set of 'Inquiry in Education', subtitled 'Volume I: The Conceptual Foundations for Research as a Curricular Imperative' and 'Volume II: Overcoming Barriers to Successful Implementation,' has been published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and is available for purchase now at fine book stores everywhere!

Edited by Dr. Aulls, Dr. Shore, and Dr. Marcia Delcourt, Volume I presents the arguments for the necessary inclusion of inquiry-driven learning and instructional experiences in any modern school curriculum, while Volume II illustrates how educators in a range of settings have dealt with obstacles to successful implementation of inquiry-based approaches. Each chapter focuses on a particular barrier or barriers, and has a primary focus on learners, teachers, or the curriculum. The stories reflect highly varied learning contexts ranging from infancy to university, from the classroom to a range of out-of-school contexts.

Congratulations to Drs. Aulls, Shore, and Delcourt for their work!

February 12, 2008 - UPDATED

'Learning to Lie'... Dr. Victoria Talwar Spotlighted in Cover Story in 'New York' Magazine!

Why Kids Lie Dr. Talwar's exceptional work on lying in children has once again thrust her into the limelight as she is the featured expert in the cover story article by Po Bronson called 'Learning to Lie' in the February 18 edition of 'New York' magazine. The article's lead-in reads:

Kids lie early, often, and for all sorts of reasons—to avoid punishment, to bond with friends, to gain a sense of control. But now there's a singular theory for one way this habit develops: They are just copying their parents."

To read the full article, simply click on the following link: http://nymag.com/news/features/43893/, or download the PDF version from the link below.

New York Magazine - February 18, 2008 Edition [.pdf]


Why Do Kids Lie? on Good Morning America

US-based television network, ABC, aired a segment on February 12, 2008 about Dr. Talwar's article in 'New York' Magazine on their morning show, 'Good Morning America'.

You can watch the segment by clicking on the following link: Why Do Kids Lie? on 'Good Morning America'.


Interview on The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TV Ontario

Dr. Talwar was interviewed on March 4, 2008 for a segement that was aired on March 21, 2008 for TVO, an Ontario-based television network, on The Agenda with Steve Paikin about her research on children and lying.

To view the Agenda segment with Dr. Talwar, click to the following link: Is lying learning?.


ABC's Nightline Segment A reporter and a film crew from ABC's Nightline came to McGill's Duggan House to visit Dr. Talwar and her research team to learn more about their research on children and lying.

For more about the Nightline segment simply click to the following link: Sweet Little Liars: Researchers Say Kids Build Empathy With Fibs, Part of Normal Development.


The Rachael Ray Show Dr. Talwar was interviewed at the Rachael Ray studio in New York City in late March.

For more about The Rachael Ray Show simply refer to the following link: The Rachael Ray Show.


The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC-AM (NY's public radio station)

On Wednesday February 20, 2008 at 11:06 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., Dr. Talwar was interviewed about her research on Children and Lying on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC-AM.

You can listen to the interview by clicking on the following link: Talwar's 'Why Kid's Lie' Segment.

For information about the show, simply click on the following link: The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC-AM.

January 18, 2008

Liar, Liar Neurons Fire! Dr. Victoria Talwar featured in APA's Monitor on Psychology magazine!

Monitor Dr. Talwar, who has done tremendous research on the development of lying in children, was featured extensively in the American Psychological Association's January 2008 edition of 'Monitor on Psychology.'

The article, 'Liar, Liar, Neurons Fire,' quotes Dr. Talwar on numerous occasions on the topic of lying amongst children and is a fascinating read... but don't take our word for it; read it for yourself by downloading a copy of it below!

'Liar, Liar, Neurons Fire' Article [.pdf]

June 25, 2008

2008 ECP Student-Staff Softball Game!!!

Update (July 8th, 2008): ECP students took the game in an upset win at the bottom of the final inning. Final score: 16-15. Students win bragging rights for the 2008-2009 academic year!