Hello valued members of UBC PSA, given the uncertainties regarding COVID-19, we would like to announce that, out of an abundance of caution, all PSA events for term 1 will be completely online. We work hard to help you feel safe, take the necessary precautions of preventing the spread of the pandemic, and strive to provide the maximum level of accommodation to everyone across the globe. We had a year of hands-on experience spearheading online events last year and they were well-received. We hope to carry that success forward to this year as well!

We will reevaluate the situation to determine the appropriate logistics to proceed for term 2.

Moving Forward: Equity and Inclusion

On Tuesday, March 22nd from 3 – 4:30 pm, our PSA Academics is proud to present our Moving Forward: Equity and Inclusion in Psychology Research. This event aims to increase the visibility of psychology research focusing on EDI issues and echo the future directions in psychology research regarding EDI. We will be welcoming three panellists who will share their research and involvement with EDIT!

Come and join us to learn what needs to be done to improve our discipline regarding EDI concerns. Be sure to check out our panellists’ bios in our newsletter emailed!

To encourage diversity, this event is free for all! Don’t forget to RSVP under “Important Links” in our newsletter and stay tuned for the Zoom link.

Hanging Out With Dr. Troung

It’s time for the PSA’s next Hanging Out with A Prof event! Next Thursday, join us and Dr. Grave Troung, who is a three-time UBC graduate! She currently runs the Motivated Cognition Lab and researches attention, seld-relevance and ownership.

Join us on Thursday, March 17th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Zoom. We will begin ice-breakers at 5:30 pm and welcome Dr. Troung at 6 pm. Check out the Zoom link to this free event under the “Important Links” section in our newsletter.


Get ready to dress up and celebrate the end of the academic year with PSA at the Gala! Last year we couldn’t have one, so we are even more excited to welcome you to this annual event. Based on the theme “West Coast”, we will serve food from the west coast and the dress code is semi-formal.

The Gala will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022, from 5 to 7 pm at the Great Hall South. Enjoy a lively evening with friends, great food and the PSA community! Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the link in our newsletter. Attendees must wear face masks at all times and proof of vaccination is required. Please note that gates open at 5 pm and dinner will be served at 6 pm. Make sure to RSVP and we can’t wait to see you there!

How to get into Research Labs

Due to popular demand from last semester, How to Get into Research Labs is back! This event will provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to understand what different labs at UBC have to offer, and the qualities which the hiring managers may be looking for in undergraduate research assistants in order to acquire the best research experience.

This is our very first in-person academic event of the year and it’s members-only. It will be held at a location disclosed in our newsletter on Wednesday, March 2nd from 5 – 6:30 pm. Registration opens at 4:40 pm on the same day.

To respect the Cpvid-19 restrictions and maintain the health and safety of our community, we will be requiring proof of vaccination upon entry. We also request that all attendees wear masks.

The RSVP link along with panellists for this event is provided in our “Important Links” section in the newsletter.

To read a detailed account for this event, please click HERE.

Interview Workshop

Hunting for jobs is never easy and interviews can be the most challenging part. But the good news is that there are useful tips and resources that can help make the process easier.

Discover these tips at our Interview Workshop on Thursday, February 17th from 5 to 6:30 pm on Zoom. The event will be hosted by Dr. Eva Zysk, who will share advice on topics such as preparing for each stage of an interview, how to present yourself during an interview, and how to understand what employers are looking for in an interviewee. This event is for members only and you must RSVP to attend. The RSVP link is provided in our “Important Links” section.

To view a detailed account of this event, click HERE.

Hanging out with Dr. Rawn

The next professor featured in our Hanging Out series is Dr. Catherine Rawn, who specializes in teaching and educational leadership.

Dr.Rawn’s academic training is in experimental social psychology. with an emphasis on quantitative methods. not only is Dr. Rawn a professor teaching introductory psychology and statistics, but she is also the Chair of Curriculum Committees at both the Faculty of Arts and Psychology Department levels.

Come and learn more about Dr. Rawn and her research on Tuesday, February 8th from 3 – 5 pm on Zoom. The event will begin with an icebreaker at 3 pm and Dr. Rawn will be available to talk with from 3:30 – 5 pm!

Find the link in the “Important Links” section in our newsletter. The event is free and open to everyone!

Totebag Decoration

We’re excited to announce that this week, we’ll be hosting our very first in-person event of the year! Our Tote Bag decoration event will be held at Douglas T. Kenny Building Room 2101 on Thursday, February 10th and Friday, February 11th at 5 pm.

Don’t miss out on this extra special occasion. You’ll get to decorate your own tote bags while meeting new people in a fun and non-virtual environment!

To respect Covid-19 restrictions and maintain the health and safety of our community, we will be requiring proof of vaccination and both the two sessions will be limited to 30 people each. We also request that all attendees wear masks. This event is for PSA members only, so we encourage you to purchase a membership to join in on the fun.

You can RSVP via the registration link in the “Important Links” section in our newsletter. We can’t wait to see you there!

CV Workshop

Our CV workshop is back on February 7th from 5-6:30 pm! Join us as Dr. Benjamin Cheung hosts another interactive and valuable workshop. This workshop gives you the chance to learn about what is the difference between a resume and a CV, what makes a great CV and how to avoid common errors.

Please note that this is a PSA members-only event and you will need to RSVP. Check out the important links section in the newsletter to register or purchase our $5 membership!

To view a detailed account of this event, click HERE.

PSA Icebreaker

Want to meet new friends to start off the new term? Have questions about the PSA or psychology?

PSA’s got you covered with another ICEBREAKER event on Thursday, January 27th from 6 to 7 pm! Come join us to get to know more people in the PSA! We will be playing Kahoot and there will be a price for the person who wins!

All PSA members are welcome to this free event!

Letter of Recommendation Workshop

Due to popular demand, we’re bringing back the Letter of Recommendation Workshop!

Dr. Ben Cheung will once again be sharing his most helpful tips on how to approach professors and obtain a positive reference letter.

Join us on Zoom from the comfort of your home on Wednesday, January 26th from 6-7:30 pm. This event is free for all! We look forward to seeing you there. The Zoom link will be provided in the newsletter.

For a detailed account of this event, please click here.

Hanging Out With Dr. Mark Lam

Thinking about majoring in psychology? Confused about psychological theory? Hoping to discover the best study techniques? Or just interested in meeting a professor? Out Hanging Out with a Prof series is back in term 2 with Dr. Mark Lam!

Dr. Lam is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and the Chair of the Health & Society Minor in the Faculty of Arts. His research interests include the scholarship of teaching and health psychology.

This event is free for all and will be held on January 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event will begin with icebreaker games where you get to connect with your peers. Then Dr. Lam will join us for a casual QnA! Whether you’re debating majoring in psychology or just interested in getting to know a UBC psychology professor, everyone is welcome to ask their burning questions during the QnA.

The Zoom link will be provided in the newsletter.

Hanging Out With Dr. Nancy Sin

Our next Hanging Out event will feature Dr. Nancy Sin! Dr. Sin’s expertise in health psychology relates to her interests on daily positive experiences, connections between stress and sleep, and more!

Join us on Tuesday, November 23rd from 12:30 – 2 pm for an icebreaker, a chat with Dr. Sin, and an opportunity to ask questions beyond office hours or class.

Please find the zoom link under “Important Links” in our newsletter. We look forward to seeing you there!


The Compass is a welcoming community of Arts students, staff, faculty, and alumni that offers curated resources + student engagement and career programming to help you make the most of your Arts degree.

They are hosting a free Arts Alumni Talk Event on Thursday, November 18th from 12:30 – 1:50 pm featuring Kieran Davey, an International Relations student who also minored in psychology. This is another opportunity for tips on how to get involved at UBC and ask questions! Please note that this will be an in-person event at The Leon and Thea Koerner University Center with lunch provided. To learn more about Kieran and the event, check out their event page under “Important Links” in our newsletter.

Careers Night

In collaboration with the UBC Neuroscience Club, the PSA will be hosting an informative Careers Night on Tuesday, November 16th from 7 – 8:30 pm.

A group of panellists, with degrees in both Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, have been invited to share the stories of their career paths and to answer the students’ questions about finding possible careers in the fields of both Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience.

This is a PSA and UNC members-only event. If you are interested, please check out our membership details and RSVP under “Important Links” in our newsletter by November 15th at 11:59 pm to not miss the amazing event!

Panellists’ information will be released on our social media platforms and in the newsletter next week.

To view a detailed account of this event, click HERE.

How to get into Research Labs

Are you hoping to join a research lab but not quite sure how to start? Or maybe you’re wondering how to ace your research assistant application? Join us at our upcoming panel event, “How to Get Into Research Labs” on Thursday, November 4th from 7 – 8 pm.

A panel of current undergraduate research assistants, a lab manager, and a research coordinator will be sharing tips and advice for securing a research lab position! At this event, you will learn about the various labs offered at UBC, the qualities that hiring managers look for in undergraduate research experience, as well as how to acquire the best research experience.

Be sure to RSVP via the link under “Important Links” section in our newsletter by Wednesday, November 3rd at 11:59 pm.

To view the detailed account of this event, click HERE.

Grad School Series Part 2

Unsure about preparing for Grad School and the GRE? If only someone who had applied and gotten into their program of choice could guide me through the application process… Don’t worry, the second installment in the PSA’s ongoing Grad School Series has got you covered!

This members-only event will take place on Wednesday, October 27th from 7 – 8 pm PST and feature a panel of the following five grad students. They will answer questions on their experiences, application tips, what motivated them to take this step in their career, and much more. The zoom link will follow on our social media.

Here are the five panellists:

  • Jin Wen: Master’s Degree in Health Psychology at UBC and Ph.D. student in the Health Psychology program.
  • Erin Fitzpatrick: UBC MA student in the Clinical Psychology program
  • Andrew Li: Master’s student at the Behavioral Sustainability Lab
  • Paradox Zhou: UBC MA student in Quantitative Psychology
  • Raechel Drew: UBC Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychology program

To see the detailed account of this event, please click HERE.

Movie Night

For our members-only Discord server, the PSA will be hosting a Discord movie night. This event will take place on October 28th at 7 pm PST.

To avoid missing the event, be sure to join the Discord server by October 25th via the link in our newsletter. Those who join after this date will not be able to attend the event.

We’ll be watching Get Out so come with your Halloween spirit and some popcorn! You will find this event under “popcorn time” on our discord server.

Grad School Series

This is a reminder that the PSA’s Grad School series has returned this year and will be starting off with the first event on Tuesday, October 19th from 7 – 8 pm PST! Dr. Anita DeLongis, the Associate Head of Graduate Affairs in the Department of Psychology, will be hosting a talk about the application process, what to expect from graduate school, general admission requirements, and how to identify which graduate schools or programs are right for the students.

This is a members-only event where non-members need to pay an admission fee of $5. The event will be held on Zoom and you can find the meeting link in our “Important Links” section.


To view detailed accounts of this event, click HERE.

 Hanging Out With a Prof Series 2

Our second Hanging Out social event was on Tuesday, October 12 from 6 – 8 pm PST. Dr. Odic is an associate professor and part of the Early Development Research Group, which consists of six research centres interested in the development of language, learning, and social understanding in infants and children.

The event began with a few rounds of Gartic Phone followed by a relaxing Q&A session with Dr. Odic.

During this event, we learned new facts about Dr. Odic as well as his educational and professional journey in psychology. He shared the reasons behind why he chose to work in research, how he manages stress, and his favourite topic to teach in PSYC 102 (Social Psychology because it’s the chapter students get the most excited about). Participants received lots of useful advice and tips on various topics such as finding research opportunities, time management, how to deal with imposter syndrome and more.

Fun fact! If Dr. Odic wasn’t a psychologist, he would be a journalist because he loves to write.

Missed the Hanging Out Event? We’ll be back with more so stay tuned!

PSA Icebreaker

Want to know more about the PSA and meet new people who are as passionate about psychology as you?

The PSA is hosting an ice breaker event FREE for all students!

After learning about the PSA and what we have in store for this year, you get to interact with other students through ice breakers and fun online games!

We can’t wait to see you virtually on Friday, October 1st from 5:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Zoom. Please click here to join the event.

AIESEC X PSA University Survival Guide

Another valuable and FREE event brought to you together by the PSA and AIESEC! Learn about how to get the most out of your university experience from our two AIESEC speakers — Victoria Wardell (MA Clinical Psychology) and Dr. Catherine Rawn! They will discuss finding balance in our well-being as well as effective learning strategies.

Dr. Darko Odic will then join Victoria and Dr. Rawn for a panel revolving around the theme of “letter to yourself,” where you’ll get the opportunity to hear about what our panelists would tell their university selves!

We’ll also be asking them how and why they chose their respective studies, their experiences as an undergraduate, and how they dealt with imposter syndrome, etc.

Save the date and time: Tuesday, September 28th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM PST! Please click here to join the event.

To view detailed accounts of this event, click HERE.

Letter of Recommendation Workshop

Whether it’s for academic or career advancement, letters of recommendation can be crucial to your future applications.

Given how unnerving it can be to ask your professor, past employer, or manager for one, we’re inviting you to our upcoming workshop hosted by none other than Dr. Benjamin Cheung!

From being a graduate student at UBC to now being a Lecturer and Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Cheung knows his way around this challenging obstacle. As a professor, he has written letters of recommendation for his students as well!

Like all our events in September, the LoR workshop is FREE for all. Come join us on Thursday, September 23rd from 6:00 to 7:00 PM PST! Please find the Zoom link in the “important links” section of our newsletter.

Thanks to all our 95+ participants for attending the workshop. After learning about his experience with research labs, graduate schools, and discovering his passions, Dr. Cheung gave excellent tips for building relationships with professors for reference letters. Aside from academics, he emphasized the importance of character, such as motivation, collaboration, and responsibility.

To access a detailed account of this newsletter, click HERE.

If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to Dr. Cheung directly.

 Hanging Out With a Prof Series

We understand that enormous class sizes and office hours feel intimidating. But they should not let your vexed questions build a home inside you. This is why the PSA is bringing back the opportunity for you to connect with psychology professors!

Back by our popular demand, we’re kickstarting the Hanging Out With a Prof series with Dr. Benjamin Cheung, who is a Lecturer and Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator in the Department of Psychology. He is also our PSA Faculty Advisor!

Whether you’re uncertain about majoring in psychology or just interested in getting to know a UBC psychology professor, everyone is welcome for FREE! The event will begin with a few ice breakers and a Q&A portion with the professor will follow.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 16 from 6 – 7:30pm on zoom.


Psychology Discord Server

We want to help psychology students meet other students in their classes, find people to study with, or just hang out with while school is online, hence the PSA has created a discord server for all the psychology classes! Click the link and join your classes’ channel to chat/call. There’s also a channel there if you just want to chill. If you can’t find your class, please contact us simply by filling the online contact form and we’ll create a channel for it.