I'm a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary's University.
This means that I'm in the enviable position of being able to focus primarily on teaching. I still do a bit of research on the side as time permits and usually with the help of my hard working honours thesis students and independent research project students.
- Research Methods
- This course introduces students to the standard principles of correlational research design, independent and dependent-subjects experiment research designs, research strategies, issues surrounding measurement reliability and validity, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and research ethics.
- Introduction to Statistics in Psychology
- This course introduces students to the statistical techniques used within psychology research. Topics covered include frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, the concept of variability, standardized scores (z-scores), probability theory, hypothesis testing, t-tests, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), regression, and non-parametric statistics.
- Advanced Statistics
- This course introduces students to some of the more advanced data analysis techniques, as well as some of the practical considerations related to data analysis in the real world. Topics covered include the philosophy of null hypothesis testing, t-tests, correlations (Pearsonís, Spearmanís, partial, point-biserial, Fisherís r-to-z transformation, and Kendallís Tau), simple regression, multiple regression, ANOVA I, factorial ANOVA, repeated measures ANOVA, mixed-design ANOVA, categorical data, probability theory, and experiment design considerations.
- Introduction to Psychology
- This course introduces students to the science of psychology. Particular emphasis is placed on the evolution of psychology as a natural science, research methods and experiment design, the biological foundations of behaviour, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and decision-making.
- Learning Theory
- This introduces students to the scientific study of learning. Topics include classical conditioning, operant conditioning, behaviour modification, reinforcers and punishers, shaping behaviour, observational learning, and schedules of reinforcement.
- Mind and Brain
- This course introduces students to the scientific study of the human mind and brain. Topics include cognitive neuro-psychology, perception, attention, memory, executive processes, decision making, reasoning, and language.
- Special Topics: Psychophysics
- Psychophysics is the study of the relationship between the perceived world and the physical world. This course is, primarily, a methodology course designed to give students a thorough grounding in psychophysics experiment methodology and data analysis techniques. Topics to be covered in this course include the Weber fraction, Fechnerís Law, classical methods of psychophysics, classical psychophysical theory, Signal Detection Theory, measurement, ratio scaling, and Stevensí Power Law.
- Cognitive Psychology
- This course introduces students to the basic issues, methods, and research findings central to the field of Cognitive Psychology. Topics include cognitive neuro-psychology, sensation and perception, attention, pattern recognition, memory, and decision-making.