The mission of Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) is the advancement of scientific knowledge through research in education and psychology and the application of this knowledge to the development of progressive practices and policies locally, nationally and internationally. ECP programs and research examine the interplay between complex human systems (cognitive, social, emotional, behavioural and biological) to maximize: (a) learning, (b) wellness (mental and physical), and (c) human development in multiple settings and throughout the lifespan. More specifically, with both typical and atypical populations in mind, they examine issues pertaining to assessment and intervention, cognitive processes and developmental neuroscience, and the design and evaluation of learning environments and instructional practices. While ECP’s primary disciplinary bases are psychology and education, it contributes to and is enriched by extended interdisciplinary collaborations with, among others, medicine and other health professions, neurosciences, computer science, science, social work and policy, and law. ECP addresses cognition and development in typical and atypical populations across the lifespan. Broadly speaking researchers examine issues pertaining to assessment and intervention, cognitive processes and developmental neuroscience, and the design and evaluation of learning environments and instructional practices. View research labs, centres, and activities on our Research page.
Our clientele normally includes (but is not restricted to) students who are engaged in or aspire to careers in: academic and research settings; professional psychology (counselling and school); and specialized and innovative teaching, educational research, development and leadership at all levels (e.g., schools, colleges and universities, school boards, ministries of education), and in other settings in which the education we offer has direct applications (e.g., staff development and patient or client education in CLSCs, social services, hospitals and industry).
The Department offers: