Governance of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Governance is the means by which the Department is formally organized and managed. Below you will find the structure for both administrative and academic procedures, and by whom decisions are made within the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and the Faculty of Education.

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Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology: Administrative Office

The Chair is the head of the Department and is appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Education, following a formal search process. The initial appointment term is for 3 years. The appointment may be renewed.

The current Chair of the Department is Dr. Victoria Talwar.

Graduate, undergraduate and professional development programs of the Department are led by Graduate and Undergraduate Program Directors. The Chair appoints the Program Directors.

ECP Administrative Staff:

Departmental Standing Committees

Please find below the following committees: Executive Committee, Departmental Meetings, Program Committees, Departmental Tenure Committee (DTC), Graduate Awards Committee, Clinic Advisory Committee, and Assessment Materials Resource Centre (AMRC) Committee.

The Executive Committee
Composition: Mandate:

The Department Chair, Graduate Program Directors of the five major program areas (Counselling Psychology, Human Development, Learning Sciences, Master of Education in Educational Psychology, and School/Applied Child Psychology), and two elected graduate students (representing the professional and the non-professional programs).

Chaired by a member of the committee other than the Department Chair.

To render decisions about programs, courses, search committee representation, ad hoc committee formation, graduate funding allocation, and general policies and procedures to be adopted by the department.

This committee meets once a month during the fall and winter terms, preceding the monthly department meetings.

Committee Members:
Dr. Victoria Talwar, Department Chair
Dr. Steven Shaw, Counselling Psychology Graduate Program Director & School/Applied Child Psychology Graduate Program Director
Dr. Michael Hoover, Learning Sciences & Health Professions Education Graduate Program Director
Dr. Gigi Luk, M.Ed. Educational Psychology Concentrations & Human Development Graduate Program Director
Ms. Samantha Ryan, Administrative Officer
Ms. Charlotte McCaffrey, Graduate Program Administrator
Ms. Erin Williams, Frontline Administrative Coordinator
olivia.gunther [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Olivia Gunther), CP MA2-Project, Student Representative (professional programs)
yeon.kang [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Jenny Kang), MEd-General Ed Psych, Student Representative (non-professional programs) 

2022-2023 Executive Committee Meeting Dates (Thursdays from 1:00PM-2:30PM, EDUC 519)
September 8, 2022
October 6, 2022
November 10, 2022
December 1, 2022
January 12, 2023
February 2, 2023 - Admissions Meeting
March 9, 2023
April 6, 2023

Department Meetings
Composition: Description:

Departmental meetings are open to all members of the department (Faculty members, other academic staff, and students).

 

To discuss policy, procedures and business arising within the Department. All Department members are eligible to add agenda items to be discussed at the meetings.

Department meetings are held monthly during the Fall and Winter semesters, following the Executive Committee meetings.

2022-2023 Departmental Meeting Dates (Thursdays from 1:00PM-2:30PM, EDUC 233) 
September 15, 2022
October 20, 2022
November 17, 2022
December 8, 2022 - CANCELLED
January 19, 2023
February 9, 2023
March 16, 2023
April 20, 2023

Program Committees
Composition: Mandate:

Faculty members associated with program areas, Program Coordinator, two student representatives (one Ph.D. and one M.A.), one student representative for M.Ed. concentrations in Educational Psychology (one M.Ed.).

The mandate of program committees is to monitor program offerings, make recommendations for student admissions, monitor student progress, make recommendations to the Executive Committee for program revision/changes, forward names of students and faculty for various awards, prepare for accreditation (in the case of the professional programs). Programs determine the frequency of meetings.

Program Committees are as follows:
Program Committee Members Meeting Dates 2022-2023
Counselling Psychology and School/Applied Child Psychology

Counselling Psychology Program Faculty - for a complete list of Faculty members please click the link above.
School/Applied Child Psychology Faculty - for a complete list of Faculty members please click the link above.
olivia.gunther [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Olivia Gunther), CP MA Project Student Representative
TBD, CP MA Internship Student Representative
brandon.benchimol-elkaim [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Brandon Benchimol-Elkaim), CP Ph.D. Student Representative
taryn.perelmiter [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Taryn Perelmiter), SACP MA Student Representative
Sierra.pecsi [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Sierra Pecsi), SACP Ph.D. Student Representative

Thursdays from 11:30AM-1:00PM, Room EDUC 233: 
September 8, 2022
October 6, 2022
November 10, 2022
December 1, 2022 - CANCELLED
January 12, 2023 - Admissions Meeting
February 2, 2023
March 9, 2023
April  6, 2023

Human Development Human Development Program Faculty - for a complete list of Faculty members please click the link above.
shubhangi.bhardwaj [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Shubhangi Bhardwaj)M.A. Student Representative
sohyun.cho [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Sohyun Cho)Ph.D. Student Representative

Wednesdays from 2:30PM-4:00PM, EDUC 519:
September 7, 2022
October 5, 2022
November 9, 2022
December 7, 2022
January 18, 2023 - Admissions Meeting
February 8, 2023
March 8, 2023
April 5, 2023

Master of Education in Educational Psychology

M.Ed. Educational Psychology Program Faculty - for a complete list of Faculty members please click the link above.
markus.yanakoulias [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Markus Yanakoulias) (MEd1-General Ed Psych), M.Ed. Student Representative
sandra.fournier [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Sandra Fournier) (MEd2 - General Ed Psych-Project), M.Ed. Student Representative

Wednesdays from 1:00PM-2:30PM, EDUC 519:
September 7, 2022
October 5, 2022
November 9, 2022
December 7, 2022
January 18, 2023 - Admissions Meeting
February 8, 2023 
March 8, 2023
April 5, 2023
Learning Sciences / Health Professions Education

Learning Sciences Program Faculty - for a complete list of Faculty members please click the link above.
Health Professions Education Program Faculty - for a complete list of Faculty members please click the link above.
emma.liptrot [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Emma Liptrot), MA Student Representative
indu.garg [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Indu Garg), MEd Student Representative
chengyi.tan [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Tania Tan), Ph.D. Student Representative

Thursdays from 11:30AM-1:00PM, EDUC 519:
September 15, 2022
October 20, 2022 - CANCELLED
November 17, 2022
December 8, 2022
January 19, 2023 - Admissions Meeting
February 9, 2023
March 16, 2023
April 20, 2023
Departmental Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee (DTC)
Composition: Mandate:

The Departmental Chair, at least one senior representative from following program areas (Counselling Psychology, Human Development, Learning Sciences, and School/Applied Child Psychology).

Chaired by the Departmental Chair.

To render decisions and provide recommendations for faculty reappointment, tenure, and promotion.

The committee meets as needed.

2022-2023 Committee Members:
Drs. Victoria Talwar (DTC Chair), Armando Bertone, Jacob BurackSusanne Lajoie, Krista Muis, and Steven Shaw.

ECP Fellowships and Graduate Student Awards Committee
Composition: Mandate:
Faculty members from each of the following program areas; Counselling Psychology, Human Development, Learning Sciences, M.Ed. in Educational Psychology concentrations, and School/Applied Developmental Psychology.

The mandate of this committee is to render decisions concerning the nomination of ECP students for external and internal awards, scholarships and fellowships.

The committee typically meets 2-3 times a year and may add additional meeting sessions as needed.

2022-2023 Committee Members:
Drs. Gigi Luk (Chair), Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Krista Muis, Kristy Robinson, and Steven Shaw.

The Clinic Advisory Committee
Composition: Mandate:

Clinic Director, faculty representatives from both professional programs (Counselling Psychology and School/Applied Child Psychology), Administrative Officer, Clinic Coordinator, two representatives from the community and two student representatives from both professional programs.

For more information, please visit the Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic webpage.

The role of the Clinic Advisory Committee (CAC) is to assist the clinic director in matters of policy, procedures and financial planning relative to the operations of the Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic.

The committee meets 2–4 times a year.

Committee Members:
Dr. Judith Norton, Chair Interim, Part-time Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic Director
Miss Shelay Paris, Clinic and Assessment Materials Resource Centre (AMRC) Coordinator
tina.montreuil [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Tina Montreuil), Chair of Assessment Materials Resource Centre (AMRC)
shanna.williams [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Shanna Williams), School/Applied Child Psychology Program Representative 
Dr. Vera Romano, Associate Member, External
Dr.rachel.langevin [at] mcgill.ca (Rachel Langevin,) Counselling Psychology Faculty Representative
Dr. Eve-Marie Quintin, School/Applied Child Psychology Faculty Representative
erika.infantino [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Erika Infantino), School/Applied Child  Psychology MA Student Representative
samantha.t.wong [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Samantha Wong), School/Applied Child Psychology  PhD Student Representative
olivia.gunther [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Olivia Gunther), Counselling Psychology MA Student Representative (Project Stream)
audrey.mariamo [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Audrey Mariamo), Counselling Psychology PhD Student Representative
Assessment Materials and Resource Centre Committee
Composition: Mandate:

AMRC Chair, Clinic Director, School/Applied Child Psychology Program Representative, Counselling Psychology Program Representative, Administrative Officer, one M.A. and one Ph.D. student representative from both School/Applied Child Psychology and Counselling Psychology programs.

For more information, please visit Assessment Materials Resource Centre webpage.

To ensure that the Resource Centre's administration, both in service to its users and availability of tests, is maintained at the highest standard possible. The Committee meets a minimum of twice a year where important issues relating to the Resource Centre are discussed.

The committee meets a minimum of 2 times a year.

Committee Members:
Dr. Tina Montreuil, Chair of Assessment Materials Resource Centre (AMRC) Committee
Dr. Marie-Hélène Pennestri, Counselling Psychology Faculty Representative

shanna.williams [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Shanna Williams), School/Applied Child Psychology Program Representative
Dr. Eve-Marie Quintin, School/Applied Child Psychology Faculty Representative
Dr. Judith Norton, Interim, Part-Time Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic Director
Miss Shelay Paris, Clinic and Assessment Materials Resource Centre (AMRC) Coordinator
erika.infantino [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Erika Infantino), School/Applied Child Psychology MA Student Representative
samantha.t.wong [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Samantha Wong), School/Applied Child Psychology PhD Student Representative
olivia.gunther [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Olivia Gunther), Counselling Psychology MA (Project Stream) Student Representative
gesthimani.kaltsidis [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Gesthika Kaltsidis)Counselling Psychology MA (Internship Stream) Student Representative

Departmental Ad Hoc Committees

Please find below the Hiring Committee which is struck per academic hire. 

Hiring Committee (for Academic Positions)
Composition: Mandate:
Department Chair (ex officio), Program Director in the area of hire, one department committee member from the area of hire, one department committee member representing a program with close ties to the area of hire, a graduate student representing the area of hire (preferably not a supervisee of a committee member), an external member representing a department with close ties to the area of hire, and a Dean's representative to ensure the search adheres to the University's employment equity policies and procedures. The Search Committee is chaired by the Program Director in the area of hire.

Hiring Committees are advisory committees who make a recommendation to the Department Chair for academic hires.

School Applied Child Psychology and MEd Concentrations in Educational Psychology Hiring Committee Members:

  • Dr. Steven Shaw, Co-Chair of Committee, Graduate Program Director in School/Applied Child Psychology
  • Dr. Tara Flanagan, Co-Chair of Committee, Graduate Program Director in MEd Concentrations in Educational Psychology
  • Dr. Gigi Luk, Department Committee Member, representing a program with close ties to the area of hire (external from the program of hire)
  • megha.nagar [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Megha Nagar), PhD3, Co-Student Representative from School/Applied Child Psychology
  • xiaoshan.huang [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Xiaoshan Huang), MEd1, Co-Student Representative from MEd Concentrations in Educational and Counselling Psychology
  • Dr. Ross Otto, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, External Committee Member (Outside ECP)
  • Dr. Alain Breuleux, Faculty of Education Associate Dean-Academic Programs, Dean's Representative

NOTE - This hire has been put on hold due to COVID-19.

Faculty Committees

Please find below Faculty of Education level committees on which ECP Faculty Members sit: FEEDIC, Faculty Council, CGS, UPC, APC. 

Committee FOR EQUITY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (FEEDIC)
ECP Representative: Description:

Dr. Dennis Wendt, 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and Dr. Tara Flanagan, 2021-2022

An advisory committee to the Dean under the leadership of Dr. Claudia Mitchell, the Faculty of Education’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (FEEDIC) is comprised of academics, staff, and students (including nadia.khalili [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Nadia Khalili) from ECP) who identify with different social and cultural groups. More information here: https://www.mcgill.ca/education/about/committees
Faculty Council
Elected ECP Representatives: Description:

Dr. Tina Montreuil, 2018-2019/2019-2020/2020-2021/2021-2022/2022-2023

Dr. Marie-Claude Geoffroy, 2021-2022/2022-2023

To discuss policy, procedures and business arising within the Faculty of Education.

For Faculty Council Meeting Dates and Minutes, go here.

Committee on Graduate Studies (CGS)
ECP Representative: Description:

Dr. Dennis Wendt, 2019/2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022

To foster and enhance an active and collegial Faculty-wide research culture for graduate students. The committee meets at least four times a year, and/or as needed.

Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC)
ECP Representative: Description:

Dr. Jessica Ruglis, 2021/2022, 2022/2023

Monthly meetings to discuss matters pertaining to the undergraduate programs in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) as well as the Masters of Teaching and Learning.

Faculty of education Academic Policy committee (aPC)
ECP Representative: Description:

Dr. Kristy Robinson, 2021/2022, 2022/2023

Monthly meetings to held by the Office of the Associate Dean, Academic Programs to review course and program proposals for first level endorsement at the Faculty of Education.

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