The Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan has an innovative area of concentration in Applied Social Psychology.  Applied social psychology combines the science of social psychology with the practical application of solving social problems.  Specifically, applied social psychology is the systematic application of social psychological constructs, principles, theories, research methods, and intervention techniques to understand or ameliorate problems of social significance.

Programs of study are available at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels.  Graduates from these programs can become academics, policy analysts, program evaluators, and consultants.  Areas of faculty expertise include health service evaluation, immigration and acculturation, social justice, prejudice and discrimination,  psychometrics, reproductive psychology, sexual minority psychology, body image, culture, language, and identity.

M.A. Program in Applied Social Psychology

The M.A. program integrates training in social psychological theory, research design and methodology, statistics, program evaluation, and independent research.  Unique to our program is the simultaneous emphasis placed on students obtaining practical research-based experience through practicum and internship placements.  The M.A. program is two years in duration. 

Ph.D. Program in Applied Social Psychology

The Ph.D. program is offered to students who have completed the M.A. program or equivalent.  In addition to advanced training in social psychological theory, research methods and design, statistics, and evaluation, students acquire practical knowledge and skills via applied practicum and internship placements.  The Ph.D. program is three to four years in duration.


About Applied Social Psychology

Program Overview

The Applied Social Psychology graduate program is designed to train students so that they can follow a professional career as an applied social psychologist. Specifically, the faculty in this program believe strongly in the value of using social psychological theory to guide research designed to understand and alleviate social problems. Therefore, students are exposed to courses that review social psychological theories and that demonstrate applications of these theories to current social problems.

Practical Training

The value of experiential learning underlies the program's philosophy. Therefore, students complete a practicum/internship sequence in which they conduct applied research projects in organizations or agencies.  In these projects, students apply in field settings what they have learned in their graduate courses.  Surveys of graduates consistently show that this experience is regarded as one of the most valuable components of this program.

Skills Training

In addition, students are taught the methodological skills they require to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research in a variety of settings. At the M.A. level, they complete foundational courses in social and applied social psychology, research methods, statistics, and program evaluation. At the Ph.D. level, students are trained in more advanced research methods, which will allow them to design and conduct large-scale applied research projects, often as part of a multi-disciplinary team. This training enables graduates to pursue careers as academics/researchers, program evaluators and analysts, and consultants.


Programs of Study

M.A. in Applied Social Psychology

In the first year of the M.A. program, students are typically enrolled in courses in social psychology, research methods, statistics,  and program evaluation.  Training in these areas gives students the knowledge and skills to conduct social psychological research and prepares them for work in their applied practicum and internship settings.  In addition, during the first year, students are expected to begin formulating research ideas for their Master’s thesis.

During the summer of the students' first year, they will complete an internship.  For these placements, students are engaged in applied research in the community.  The area students choose to work in is decided by them in consultation with their faculty supervisor.  It also is expected that students will work on their thesis proposal to hold a formal thesis proposal meeting at the end of the summer of their first year or early Fall of their second year.

In the second year of the program, students will be engaged in an applied research practicum one day per week.  It is anticipated that students will defend their M.A. thesis during the summer of their second year.

The typical program of studies for the M.A. program is as follows

                Year 1


                 Year 2

·         PSY 805.3 Univariate Statistics

·         PSY 810.3 Research Methods

·         PSY 811.3 Program Evaluation

·         PSY 900 Directed Research in Psychology

·         PSY 994 Thesis

·         GSR 960 Ethics

·         GSR 961 Human Ethics (if required)

·         PSY 903 Internship

·         PSY 994 Thesis

·         PSY 862.3 Seminar in Applied Social Psychology

·         Elective Course

·         PSY 900 Directed Research in Psychology

·         PSY 902 Practicum

·         PSY 994 Thesis

Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology

  • Either PSY 807.3 Multivariate Statistics OR PSY 809.3 Qualitative Research OR PSY 812.3 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology
  • 2 Elective Courses
  • PSY 900 Directed Research in Psychology
  • Practicum: Either PSY 901 Individual Research OR PSY 902 Practicum in Professional Psychology
  • PSY 996 Thesis
  • Comprehensive exam

Admissions and Applications

Application deadline:

All application materials must be submitted and completed by the regular admission deadline of January 15 each year.  

Admission requirements:

M.A. Degree

  • A four-year honours degree (B.A. or B.Sc.), or equivalent, from a recognized college or university, in Psychology or in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (the U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units) (70% is the minimum average for graduate admission; typically, applicants have averages of 85%+).
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of research interests and plans for future research (1 to 3 pages)
  • Application fee
  • Shortlisted candidates may be interviewed by their prospective faculty supervisor.

Ph.D. Degree

  • Master’s degree or equivalent, from a recognized university, in Psychology or an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (the U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units) (70% is the minimum average for graduate admission; typically, applicants have averages of 85%+).
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of research interests and plans for future research (1 to 3 pages)
  • Application fee
  • Shortlisted candidates may be interviewed by their prospective faculty supervisor.


To apply or for more information, please go to the College of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies website.

Faculty and Research Interests

Faculty and Research Interests

We have five faculty members working in the area of Applied Social Psychology, each with a different area of expertise and research. 

Valery Chirkov

Dr. Valery Chirkov is accepting students to MA and Ph.D. streams of the Applied Social Psychology program.  (Please check with him (v.chirkov@usask.ca) if he takes students in the upcoming academic year.)  Potential topics of research may include but are not limited to the theory of sociocultural/cultural models in different areas of psychology,  psychology of immigration and acculturation, psychology of motivation for various activities: education, work, health care, and physical exercises, realist research in various areas of psychology.

Karen Lawson

Dr. Karen Lawson leads the Sex, Gender, and Reproductive Psychology Research Team which is an interdisciplinary group of researchers focusing on the psychological, behavioural, socio-cultural, and political dimensions of sex, gender, and reproduction. Karen and her students conduct research projects on a wide array of topics. They are also very active in community-engaged program evaluation research. If you would like more information on the projects Karen and her students are currently involved in, please refer to their research website.

Melanie Morrison

Dr. Melanie Morrison is Co-Director of the SEED Lab which stands for Saskatchewan Equity, Equality, and Diversity.  Dr. Morrison supervises projects related to social justice and examines topics that promote understanding and reduction of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. She is deeply committed to investigating issues that affect sexual and gender minority persons, Indigenous persons, and social groups that experience limited economic mobility and food security.

Todd Morrison

Dr. Todd G. Morrison is co-director of the Saskatchewan Equity, Equality and Diversity (SEED) laboratory.  His research interests include gay, lesbian, and queer psychology; human sexuality; media studies; stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; and psychometrics. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, many in conjunction with students he has supervised and is co-editor of Psychology & Sexuality, a leading journal in the field of sexology.

Katherine A. Collins

Dr. Katherine Collins supervises students in the areas of intersection between culture, language, and identity.  Language links us to other people, shapes our experience of the world, and defines the way we think about ourselves; it also maintains the status quo of our social worlds by implicitly reflecting and reinforcing cultural knowledge, including bias and stereotypes. Dr. Collins believes it is of vital importance to conduct research that is relevant to and can inform socio-cultural issues.

Our Students

Current Students

M.A. Program

  • John Malyk (supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson)
  • Adriana Cashwell (Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson)
  • Shyan Campbell (Supervisor: Dr. Linzi Williamson)
  • Kathryn Taekema (Supervisor: Dr. Linzi Williamson)
  • Tanner McCubbing (Supervisor: Dr. Valery Chirkov)
  • Alexis Cook (Supervisors: Dr. Karen Lawson/Dr. Colleen Dell)
  • Cheryl Trask (Supervisor: Dr. Valery Chirkov)
  • Nicole Pylypchuk (Supervisor: Dr. Valery Chirkov)

Ph.D. Program

  • Azadeh Naimi Azghandi (supervisor: Dr. Valery Chirkov)
  • Mehrdad Fazeli-Falavarjani (supervisor: Dr. Amin Mousavi )
  • Andrew Hartman (supervisor:  Dr. Karen Lawson)
  • Kelsey Brown (supervisor Dr. Tammy Marche)
  • Brittany Theissen (supervisor:  Dr. Carie Buchanan)
  • Traci-Lee Christianson (Supervisor: Dr. Katie Collins)

Past Students

Past students


  • Derkson, Jordan (ASP MA) Linguistic Predictors of Taking Violent Action: A Comparative Content Analysis of Targeted Violence Manifestos and Extremist Calls to Action (Supervisor: Dr. Katie Collins)


  • Fletcher-Hildebrand, Shaniece (ASP MA) "You kind of just have to give up on that dream": Saskatchewan women's and men's experiences with fertility gaps (Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson) Spring 2023
  • Gibson, Kirstian (ASP PhD) Mothers' Experiences of Supportive and Critical Comments: An Application of the Self Discrepancy Theory (Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson) Spring 2023


  • Theissen, Brittany (ASP MA) Sexual Violence Prevention and University Athletics:  Can Foundational Education Improve Moral Engagement in Prevention Strategies (Supervisor: Dr. Carie Buchanan) Spring 2022
  • Doyle, Selena (ASP MA) The Effects of Early Adversity on Women's Fertility Intentions: An Intuitive Inquiry (Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson) Fall 2022


  • Sangster, Sarah (ASP PhD) Pre and Postnatal Down Syndrome Determinations:  An Investigation of Past Experiences and Potential Improvements (Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson) Spring 2021
  • Patrick, Giselle (ASP PhD) A Multifaceted Explanation of Anti Social Behavior Using Theory of Planned Behaviour, Social Identity Theory, and Techniques of Neutralization (Supervisor: Dr. Tammy Marche/ Dr. Steve Wormith d.2019)  Spring 2021


  • Robertson, Daniel (ASP PhD) Intergroup Pluralistic Ignorance: Fear of Rejection among International and Domestic Students (Supervisor: Dr. Peter Grant) Fall 2020


  • Cherniasky, Sydney (ASP MA) "You Should Have Known Better:"  The Social Implications of Victim-Focused Sexual Assault Prevention Tips (Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Morrison) Spring 2019
  • McCutcheon, Jessica (ASP PhD) A Tripartite Examination of Canadian Heterosexuals' Attitudes Toward Subgroups of Gay Men and Lesbian Women (Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Morrison) Spring 2019
  • Poncelet, Evan (ASP MA) Investigating Sources and Modes of Communication Through Which Rural Raised Drivers Learn and Experience Cultural Models of Driving and Their Impact on Traffic Safety  (Supervisor:  Dr. Valery Chirkov) Spring 2019
  • Sparks, Brandon (ASP MA) Evaluated Canadian Attitudes Toward Juvenille Sexual Offenders:  Toward An Understanding of Community Responses (Supervisor:  Dr. Steve Wormith) Spring 2019
  • Williamson, Linzi (ASP PhD) Examining the Stigma and Sterotypes Related to Involuntarily Childless Women Using the Stereotype Content Model and Weiner's Attribution Affect Action Model (Supervisor:  Dr. Karen Lawson)  Fall 2019


  • Fick, Fiona(ASP MA) Well-being in Healthcare:  Psychological Well-being, Burnout, and Work Engagement in Long-Term Care Employees (Supervisor:  Dr. Paulette Hunter) Spring 2018
  • Kaczur, Melanie (ASP MA) Culture and Climate of Safety in Organizations, Conceptualizations and Assessment (Supervisor: Dr. Valery Chirkov) Spring 2018
  • Kiss, Mark (ASP MA) A Meta-analytic REview of the Association Between Disgust and Homonegativity (Supervisor: Dr. Todd Morrison) Spring 2018
  • Brown, Kelsey (ASP MA) A Life-History Approach to Community reintegration:  Female Ex-Offender's Experiences of Facilitators and Barriers of Successful Community Reintegration (Supervisor:  Dr. Steve Wormith) Fall 2018
  • Efimoff, Iloradanon (ASP MA) White-presenting Indigenous peoples (Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Morrison) Fall 2018
  • Hitomi, Maaya (ASP MA) In Transition: Analyzing Shifting and Competing Anglophone Discourses Impacting Canadian Trans People (Supervisor: Dr. Marie Lovrod) Fall 2018
  • Karissa Wall (ASP MA) Combatting Anti-Indigenous Prejudice Through Imagined Contact: A Mixed-Methods Investigation (Supervisor:  Dr. Melanie Morrison) Fall 2018


  • Bishop, CJ (AS PhD) The Relationship Between Affective Reaction to Same-Sex and Behavioural Indices to Homonegativity (Supervisor:  Dr. Todd Morrison) Fall 2017
  • Heimlick, Micheal (ASP MA) Investigating a First Nations Cultural Model of Employment (Supervisor:  Dr. Valery Chirkov) Fall 2017
  • Kim, Tatiana (ASP MA) Exploring Ugandan Cultural Model of Work (Supervisor:  Dr. Valery Chirkov) Fall 2017
  • Moore, Craig (ASP MA) Searching for Recruits:  Understanding the New Generation of Potential Rural Police Applicants (Supervisor:  Dr. Steve Wormith)  Fall 2017


  • Pilon, Amy (AS MA) The Predictive Validity of General and Offence-Specific Risk Assessment Tools for Child Pornography Offenders' Reoffending (Supervisor:  Dr. Steve Wormith) Spring 2016
  • Gibson, Kirstian (AS MA) Sexting and the Application of the Social Exchange Theory (Supervisor:  Dr. Karen Lawson) Fall 2016


  • Anderson, Jade (AS MA) Exploring the Mechanism of Academic Motivation: An Integration of Self-Determination and Achievement Goal Theories from a Critical Realist Perspective (Supervisor: Dr. Valery Chirkov) Spring 2015
  • Takahashi, Yoshiko (Sarah) (AS MA) An Examination of Young Offenders Substance Use in a Sample of Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services by Means of Three Substance Use Psychometric Measures (Supervisor: Dr. Steven Wormith) Summer 2015
  • Molodtsova, Inna (AS MA) Exploring Variable-based and Case-based Approaches to Study Multiple Health Behaviours and Motivations of Canadian University Students (Supervisor: Dr. Valery Chirkov) Summer 2015
  • Ferguson, Myles (AS PhD) Metis Post-Secondary Stduetns and the Demotivating Effects of Possible Prejudice (Supervisor:  Dr. Steven Wormith) Fall 2015


  • Orton, Laura (AS MA) An Examination of the Professional Override in the Level of Service Inventory - Ontario Revision (LSI-OR) (Supervisor:  Dr. Steve Wormith) Fall 2014
  • Sangster, Sarah (AS MA) The Framing of Infertility in Canadian Print News (Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson)  Fall 2014


  • Camman, Carolyn (AS MA) The Role of Dehumanization in Understanding Responses to Sex Offenders in the Community  (Supervisor: Dr. Steve Wormith) Spring 2013
  • Brockman, Melanie (AS MA) Exploring Prejudice toward Aboriginal People: Interviews with White Canadian University Students (Supervisor: Dr. Todd Morrison) Fall 2013
  • Williamson, Linzi (AS MA) Delayed Childbearing: A Planned Behaviour or an Unintentional Outcome?(Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson) Fall 2013


  • Garay, Jana (AS MA) Career Adjustment of Immigrant Women to Canada (Supervisor: Dr. Peter Grant) Spring 2012
  • Gazzola, Stephanie (AS MA)  Stereotypes of Transgender Women and Men:  Content, Strength, and Valence  (Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Morrison)  Spring 2012


  • Chapdelaine, Raquel (AS PhD)  The Meanings Of Language Transmission: The Experiences Of Migrant Mothers Living in Saskatoon  (Supervisor:  Dr. Michel Desjardins) Fall 2011
  • Chopin, Nicola (AS MA)  A Fear Appeal Approach to Web-Based Sexual Offender Community Notification  (Supervisor:  Dr. Steve Wormith)  Fall 2011
  • Hogg, Sarah (AS MA)  The Level of Service Inventory (Ontario Revision) Scale Validation For Gender and Ethnicity:  Addressing Reliability and Predictive Validity  (Supervisor:  Dr. Steve Wormith)  Spring 2011
  • Jewell, Lisa  (AS PhD)  “I can hear it in the way they look at me…”:  Gay and Lesbian University Students’ Lived Experiences with Blatant and Subtle Interpersonal Discrimination  (Supervisor:  Dr. Melanie Morrison)  Fall 2011
  • McCutcheon, Jessica (AS MA)  Attitudes Toward Adopton by Same-Sex Couples:  Do Gender Roles Matter?    (Supervisor:  Dr. Melanie Morrison)  Fall 2011
  • Parhar, Karenjit  (AS PhD)  The Development of the Postive Self Change Framework of Crime Desistance:  Study Two – Testing the Hypothesis  (Supervisor:  Dr. Stephen Wong)  Spring 2011
  • Robertson, Daniel (AS MA)  The Social Psychological Dimensions of Immigrant Entrepreneurship  (Supervisor:  Dr. Peter Grant)  Fall 2011
  • Tanasichuk, Carrie (AS PhD)  Increasing Confidence in the Criminal Justice System Through Public Education  (Supervisor:  Dr. Steven Wormith)  Spring 2011


  • Franklin, Amber Jean (AS MA) The development of violence subscales from the LSI-OR (Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Wormith) Spring 2010.
  • Haffer, Carli Dionne (AS MA) Workplace bullying:  Factors that influence a bystander's willingness to intervene (Supervisor:  Dr. Patti McDougall)  Spring 2010.


  • Brews, Albert Lawson (AS, MA) The Level of Service Inventory and Female Offenders:  Addressing Issues of Reliability and Predictive Validity (Supervisor:  Dr. Stephen Wormith) Spring 2009
  • Calvez, Stryker Shay (AS, MA) Exploring Knowledge of Canadian Values and Social Axioms in International and Landed Immigrant Students' Adaptation to Canada (Supervisor:  Dr. Louise Alexitch) Spring 2009
  • Karim-Tessem, Farzana Nizar (AS, MA) Acculturation Experince of First Generation Muslim Immigrant Women in a Canadian Prarie City (Supervisor:  Dr. Valery Chirko) Spring 2009.
  • Rogers, Edwin Josoph Russell (AS, MA) How Would Your React?  Exploring Heterosexual Women's Reactions to Confrontations of Their Own Homonegative Behaviour (Supervisor:  Dr. Melanie Morrison) Spring 2008
  • Shynkaruk, Jody Maton (AS, MA) The Influence of Down Syndrome Related Information on Attitudes Toward Selective Reproduction (Supervisor:  Dr. Karen lawson).
  • Trinder, Krista Marie (AS, MA) Predicting Homonegative Behaviour:  a Cognitive or Affective Enterprise?  (Supervisor:  Dr. Melanie Morrison) Spring 2008.


  • Derkzen, Dena Marie Elizabeth (AS, MA) Imulsivity, Social Problem Solving and Alcohol Dependency as Contributors to Aggression in a Sample of Provincially Incarcerated Offenders (Supervisor:  Dr. Stephen Wormith) Spring 2008.
  • Jewell, Lisa Margaret (AS, MA) Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination:  Heterosexuals' Motivations for Engaging in Homonegativity Directed Towards Gay Men (Supervisor:  Dr. Melanie Morrison) Spring 2008.
  • Luong, Duyen (AS, MA) Risk Assessment and Community Management:  The Relationship Betweeen Implementation Quality and Recidivism (Supervisor:  Dr. Stephen Wormith) Spring 2008.
  • Nadin, Shevaun T. (AS, MA) Strength of Canadian Indetification and the Prediction of Asian Immigrants Intenntions to Become Canadien Citizens:  A Social psychological Analysis (Supervisor:  Dr. Peter Grant) Fall 2008.
  • Simon, Terri Leigh (AS, MA) Effectiveness of the Parole and Probation Service Delivery Model (PPSDM) in Reducinig Recidivism (Supervisor:  Dr. Stephen Wormith) Fall 2008


  • Brown, Jonathan (AS MA) Intending to be Aggressive: Applying the Theory of Planned Behaviour to Reactive and Instrumental Adolescent Aggression (Supervisor: Dr. Steve Wormith) Spring 2007 
  • Tanasichuk, Carrie Lorraine (AS, MA) The Influence of Offender and Victim Ethnicity on Perceptions of Crime Severity and Recommended Punishment (Supervisor:  Dr. Steve Wormith) Fall 2007.
  • Walls-Ingram, Sheena A.  (AS MA) Resident Quality of Life and Routinization in Long Term Care Facilities (Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson) Spring 2007 


  • Ellis, Shannon   (AS MA)  A Feminist Discursive Exploration of Constructed Meaning for Women's Genitalia  (Supervisor:  Dr. Linda McMullen)  Fall 2006
  • Wohlgemuth, Nicole (AS MA)  Prenatal Testing:  Women's Decisional Needs and Well-being  (Supervisor:  Dr. Karen Lawson)  Spring.


  • Camilleri, Joseph (AS, MA) Investigating Sexual Coercion in Romantic Relationships: A Test of the Cuckoldry Risk Hypothesis. (Supervisor: Steve Wormith) Spring 2005.
  • Delaney, Catherine (AS, PhD) Older Women Talk About Anger.  (Supervisor: Dr. Linda McMullen) Fall 2005.
  • Robertson-Frey, Tanya (AS, MA) Body Image and Pregnancy: Application of the Theory of Reasoned Action (Supervisor: Karen Lawson) Spring 2005.
  • Woods, Debra Michelle (AS, PhD) Women's Acculturation to Canada: Uncertainty's Role (Supervisor: Dr. Peter Grant) Spring 2005.


  • Ferguson, Leon Myles (AS, MA) Assessing the Correctional Service of Canada High Intensity Family Violence Prevention Program (Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Wormith) Fall 2004.
  • Parhar, Karenjit Kuar (AS, MA.) Development of the Positive Self Change Theory of Crime Desistance: Study 1 - Perceoptiosn of Parole Officers and Parolees (Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Wong) Spring 2004
  • Turiff-Jonasson, Shelley (AS, MA) Use of Prenatal Testing, Emotional Attachment to the Fetus and Fetal Health Locus of Control (Supervisor: Dr. Karen Lawson) Fall 2004.


  • Rempel, Martin W. (A.S., Ph.D.) Forgiveness of others and self-forgiveness in the context of interpersonal conflict (Supervisor: Dr. Gerry Farthing) Spring 2003.


  • Clatney, Lisa (AS, M.A.) Impact of eldercare on urban and rural employee well-being. (Supervisor: Dr. Janet Mantler) Spring 2002.
  • L'Heureux, Laura (A.S. M.A.) Stuents' procedural justice perceptions of education equity.  (Supervisor: Dr. Peter Grant) Spring 2002.


  • Heinz, Laura C. (A.S. M.A.) Social competence and self-esteem as mediators of the effect of extracurricular activities on affective adjustment following the transition to high school (Supervisor: Dr. Lorrie Sippola) Spring 2001.


  • Adrian-Taylor, Shelley (A.S., M.A.) Exploring conflict between international graduate students and faculty supervisors (Supervisor: Dr. Kim Noels) Fall 2000
  • Banks, Christopher Phillip (A.S., M.A.) The sources of role ambiguity: differential effects on organizational variables in University faculty (Supervisor: Dr. Louise Alexitch) Fall 2000.
  • Barry, Joanne E. (A.S., M.A.) Development and implementation of a simplified pediatric pain rating system (Supervisor: Dr. Carl von Baeyer) Spring 2000.
  • Clark, Jennifer Lynn (A.S., M.A.)  Factors affecting the perceived job satisfaction of home-based business people (Supervisor: Dr. Louise Alexitch) Fall 2000.
  • Kehoe, Sabrina (A.S., M.A.) Cometency in adolescent romantic relationships(Supervisor: Dr. Lorrie Sippola)  Fall 2000
  • MacDermott, Wendy Elizabeth (A.S., M.A.) The impacts of Aroma-Massage and Reiki on survivors of sexual abuse (Supervisor: Dr. Gerry Farthing) Fall 2000.
  • Plett-Martens, Vonda  (A.S.,M.A.)  Exploring the cross-cultural adjustment of International Students' Wives  (Supervisor: Dr. Peter Grant) Spring 2000.



  • Chiste, Paola Maria (A.S., M.A.) Factors influencing the time needed to complete graduate degrees.  (Supervisor: Dr. Louise Alexitch) Fall, 1999.
  • Rathgeber, Melanie (A.S., M.A.) Palliative care nursing: A model for anticipated turnover.(Supervisor: Dr.  Louise Alexitch) Fall 1999


  • Chapdelaine, Raquel S.  (A.S., M.A.)  Social skills difficulty model of culture shock for male international graduate students.  (Supervisor:  Dr. Louise Alexitch)  Fall, 1998.
  • Delaney, Catherine (A.S.,  M.A.)  Supervisory power bases, subordinate power needs, and subordinate conflict style.  (Supervisor: Dr. Ron Fisher) Fall, 1998.
  • Peniuk, Dave E. (A.S.,  M.A.)  Identifying the factors and building a structural equation model of stress.  (Supervisor: Dr. D. Fisher) Fall, 1998.


  • Balanko, Shelley (A.S. M.A.)  Anti-gay violence at the University of Saskatchewan: occurrences, mental and physical health consequences, and perceived effectiveness of support services. (Supervisor: Dr. L. Alexitch)  Fall 1997
  • Macfarlane, Patricia (A.S. M.A.)  The impact of pesticides on health: Perceptions of farm families in South Western Saskatchewan.(Supervisors: Dr. R. Fisher & Dr. N. Gerrard)   Fall 1997
  • Maw, Jennifer A. (A.S.,  M.A.)  The congruent validity of the revised conflict tactics scales.  (Supervisor: Dr. C. Pressé).  Summer, 1997.
  • Ryder, Isabelle Ruth (A.S. M.A.)  Depressed affect, self-discrepancies, and distraction:  A test of Higgin's self-discrepancy theory.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Zemore)  Spring 1997
  • Woods, Debra (A.S. M.A.)  Women in Non-traditional versus traditional occupations: social comparison, job satisfaction and career success.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher) Spring 1997


  • Cosby, Jarold Lloyd (A.S., M.A.)  An assessment of faculty needs for instructional development at Queen's University faculty of medicine  (Supervisor: Dr. D. Sydiaha)  Spring 1996
  • Dalik, Genella (A.S. M.A.)  Determinants of adolescents' intentions to quit or to stay in high school. (Supervisor: Dr. D. Sydiaha)  Spring 1996
  • Kinzel, Margaret Ruth (A.S. Ph.D.) Toward a better understanding of social identity:  Exloring linkages with agency and communion (Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant)  Spring 1996
  • Langer, Jeffrey Neil      (A.S. M.A.) A Habermasian analysis of technological change:  Some railway workers' experiences.  (Supervisor: Dr. J. Mills)  Spring 1996
  • Talvak, Lisa M.  (A.S. M.A.)  The development and utilization of a decentralized employment systems review model for the University of Saskatchewan. (Supervisor: Dr. L. Alexitch)  Spring 1996


  • Bates, Douglas David  (A.S. M.A.)  Predicting Environmental Behaviour Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Zemore) Fall 1995
  • Rempel, Martin  (A.S. M.A.)  Perceived Threat, Ethnocentrism, and Group Problem Solving in Intergroup Conflict.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher)  Spring 1995


  • Chessie, Kelly (A.S. M.A.)   An Evaluation of a Social Skills Training Program Offered to Mentally Ill Offenders.  (Supervisor: Dr.  D. Fischer) Spring 1994
  • Ibel, Robert H.  (A.S. M.A.)  An Evaluability Assessment of An Employee Assistance Program. (Supervisor: Dr. D. Fischer)  Fall 1994
  • Lipps, Garth Edward (A.S. Ph.D.)  The Application of a Theory of Cognitive Discrepancy to the Emotional Experience of Loneliness.  (Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant) Spring 1994
  • Meeres, Sandra L. (A.S. M.A.)  Social Identity Processes for Collectivist and Individualist Groups in a Relational Context.  (Supervisor: Dr. . Grant)  Spring 1994
  • Thomas, Helena D.C.  (A.S. M.A.)  Collective Relative Deprivation and Relative Deprivation on Behalf of Others as Predictors of Support for Employment Equity. (Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant)  Fall 1994


  • Beneteau, Monique (A.S. M.A.)  The Effects of Role Stress and Its Antecedents on Employee Assistance Program Referral Sources  (Supervisor: Dr. D. Sydiaha) Fall 1992
  • Lawson, Karen (A.S. M.A.)  The Victims' Perception of Mediation As A Method of Dispute Resolution:  A Combined Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
  • (Supervisor:  Dr. P. Grant) Fall 1992
  • Loncke, Mike (A.S. M.A.)  Toward a Clearer Understanding of the Multidimensional Nature of Organizational Commitment.  (Supervisor: Dr. M. Brown) Fall 1992 
  • McInnis, Anne Marie (A.S. M.A.)  The Influence of Collective Relative Deprivation and Group Cohesion on Collective Action Intentions (Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant) Fall 1992
  • Pavic, Zivana (A.S. M.A.)  Self-Construal and Depression-Proneness (Supervisor: Dr. M. Genest) Fall 1992
  • Wiebe, Jamie (A.S. M.A.)  Effects of Alcohol on Intentions to Engage in Unsafe Sex  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Zemore) Fall 1992


  • MacLean, Lynne M.  (A.S.  Ph.D.)  The experience of depression for Chipewyan and Euro-Canadian Northern women.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Zemore)  Fall 1991


  • Bermingham, Anne L.  (A.S. M.A.)  Perceived control: Moderating the relationship between the stressors and stress of employee relocation.  (Supervisor: Dr. K. McDowell) Fall 1990
  • Cadrin, J. Pierre (A.S. M.A.)  Psychological components of the cohesion construct. (Supervisor: Dr. D. Sydiaha)  Fall 1990
  • Forster, Christina L.  (A.S.  M.A.)  Group moderators of the effects of third party consultation and mediation.  (Supervisor: Dr. D. Sydiaha)  Spring 1990
  • Hill, Darryl B.  (A.S.  M.A.)  The criminalization of consumers of mental health services.  (Supervisor: Dr. B. Chartier) Fall 1990                     
  • Woo, Wendy E.  (A.S.  Ph.D.)  The experiences of being a target of racial discrimination:  An attributional approach.  (Supervisor: Dr. D. Fischer)  Fall 1990


  • Evans, Brian K.  (A.S.  Ph.D.)  The structure and antecedents of burnout: A causal modeling approach.  (Supervisor: D. Fischer) Fall 1989
  • Elnitsky, Sherry (A.S., M.A.)  Factors affecting collaboration between self help groups and mental health professionals. (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher) Spring 1989
  • Kinzel, M. Ruth (A.S., M.A.) Boundary role enactment in an intergroup conflict simulation.(Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher) Fall 1989


  • Bollman, Myles N.  (A.S., M.A.)  Locus of Control as a buffer against stressful life events: A meta-analytic review.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Zemore)  Fall 1988
  • Dwyer, John J.M.  (A.S., Ph.D.)  Development of the Sports Intrinsic Motivation Scale (SIMS)(Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant)n Fall 1988
  • Hansen, Robert J.  (A.S., M.A.)  The evaluation of an operating MBO  performance appraisal system.  (Supervisor: Dr.  E. Scissons)  Fall 1988
  • Keashly, Loraleigh (A.S., Ph.D.) A comparative analysis of third party interventions in intergroup conflict. (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher) Spring 1988
  • Posehn, Kirsten E.  (A.S. Ph.D)  Individual and organizational antecedents of commitment:  An exploratory field study.  (Supervisor: Dr. D. Fischer)  Spring 1988
  • Skinkle, Rodney R. (A.S., M.A.) An evaluation of the effects of an inter-institutional relocation on residents living in a high level-of-care nursing home. (Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant) Fall 1988
  • Smith, Eric (A.S., Ph.D.)  Employee participation in job-related learning.(Supervisor: Dr. D. Fischer) Spring 1988
  • Stevens, Gregory B.  (A.S., Ph.D.) An investigation of the discomfort and dysfunction dimensions of an index of health status. (Supervisor: Dr. D. Scott) Fall 1988


  • Bond, Barbara C.  (A.S., M.A.)  The community adjustment of mentally handicapped adults in relation to environmental characteristics and occupant satisfaction.
  • (Supervisor: Dr. G. Farthing) Fall 1987
  • Donatelli, Marty (A.S., M.A.)  The effects of selected covert verbalization strategies on an athletic skill.  (Supervisor: Dr.  V. Pezer)  Fall 1987
  • Kitchen, Donald K.  (A.S., M.A.)  The development of an EAP Diagnostic Scale. (Supervisor:  Dr. D. Fischer)  Fall 1987
  • Ruby, Lynda D.  (A.S., M.A.) The effects of a weight reduction program on weight loss, locus of control, and body image. (Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant) Fall 1987


  • Barrett, Peter (A.S., Ph.D.)  Bion's group culture in a discussion setting.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher)  Fall 1986
  • Callahan, Michael J. (A.S., Ph.D.)  Determinants of male contraceptive behaviours: A social psychological analysis.  (Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant)  Fall 1986
  • Hall, Donald G.  (A.S., Ph.D.)  The development of a comprehensive simulation of intergroup conflict.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher)  Fall 1986
  • Halpen, Tracy L.  (A.S., M.A.)  Deinstitutionalization and community-based treatment: An outcome evaluation of three psychiatric group homes.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher)  Fall 1986
  • Maupin, Helen E. (A.S., M.A.)  Gender Conformity: The effects of superior female performance and sex-role orientation.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher)  Spring 1986
  • Welsh, Wayne N.  (A.S., M.A.)  The utility of cognitive variables as predictors of aggression. (Supervisor: Dr. A. Gordon)  Fall 1986


  • Badovinac, Kimberly (A.S., M.A.) Factors influencing parole board decision-making.(Supervisor: Dr. S. Wong) Fall 1985
  • Bradfield, Kathleen V.  (A.S., M.A.)  The development of a work behavior report for employee assistance programs. (Supervisor: Dr. D. Fischer) Fall 1985
  • Chadwick, R. Malcolm (A.S., M.A.)  Technological change and employee attitudes at the Co-operators Life Insurance Company. (Supervisor: Dr. D. Fischer) Fall 1985
  • Hamilton, Douglas N.  (A.S., M.A.)  The effect of orientation aids on wayfinding performance within buildings.  (Supervisor: Dr. A. Clark)  Fall 1985
  • Jeune, Frederick A.  (A.S., M.A.)  An evaluability assessment of a victim-offender dispute mediation program. (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher) Fall 1985
  • Lenehan, Gregory E.  (A.S., M.A.)  Repetition of reports and mode of questioning as influences on eyewitness reports.  (Supervisor: Dr. A. Clark) Fall 1985
  • McCann, Linda M.  (A.S., M.A.)  The effect of male group threat and female group distinctiveness on conflict between women's groups.  (Supervisor: Dr. P. Grant) Fall 1985


  • Brown, Calvin R.  (A.S., Ph.D.)  The dialectics of senior citizens' transactions with their residential environments.  (Supervisor: Dr. K. McDowell)  Fall 1984
  • 1983
  • Peters, Lawrence (A.S., Ph.D.)  The relationship between the structure and function of social support and psychological distress among the widowed elderly
  • (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher) Fall 1983
  • Posehn, Kirsten E.  (A.S., M.A.) An environmental evaluation of open plan offices.(Supervisor:  Dr.  K. McDowell)


  • Resch, Gerald D.  (A.S., M.A.)  An examination of selected aspects of the job characteristics model of work motivation. (Supervisor: Dr. D. G. Fischer)  Spring 1982


  • Brown, Calvin R.  (A.S., M.A.)  A process evaluation of a parent education program.(Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher)
  • Goldstone, Colin S.  (A.S., M.A.) A recidivism prediction device. (Supervisor: Dr. S. Wormith)Spring 1982
  • Gruber, Gerald  (A.S., M.A.)  An evaluation of a proposed aftercare program and halfway house for alcoholics.  (Supervisor: Dr. D. Scott)
  • Strickland, Peter J.  (A.S., M.A.)  Performance attribution in the job selection interview as a function of racial/ethnic origin, performance primacy, and cognitive set.(Supervisor: Dr. R. Zemore)


  • McAthey, Maureen (A.S., M.A.)  Counselling for unwanted pregnancy:  A process evaluation.(Supervisor: Dr. M. Brown)
  • Power, Robert D.  (A.S., M.A.)  Arts and Science graduates' reaction to their university education.  (Supervisor: Dr. M. Brown)
  • Smith, Eric L.G.  (A.S. M.A.)  An evaluability assessment of an unwanted pregnancy counselling intervention.  (Supervisor: Dr. R. Fisher)


  • Anderson, Kenneth E.  (A.S. M.A.)  Role adoption as a subject reaction to the use of deception in psychological research. (Supervisor: Dr. K. McDowell)
  • Corenblum, Barry S.  (Ph.D.)  The effect of subject attitude, favourability of attitude statements, and value connotations of the response language upon judgment of attitude statements. (Supervisor: Dr. D. G. Fischer)

Canadian Evaluation Society Competition

Every year the Canadian Evaluation Society holds a national case competition for students. Teams of three to five students from all disciplines and levels of post-secondary study compete in the analysis of an evaluation case file. There are two rounds of competition. In the preliminary round, all teams have five hours to analyze and prepare a written report of an evaluation case provided to them moments before the competition begins. The teams then submit their analysis by e-mail for judging by a panel of experts.

In the final round, the three best teams from the preliminary round are invited to compete at the Canadian Evaluation Society annual conference. They have approximately five hours to analyze a new case and present the findings and recommendations at a special symposium at the conference. The presentations are again judged by the same panel of experts. The winning team receives the Case Competition Trophy for a year in addition to prizes and is given visibility in various publications.

The U of S Applied Social Psychology program has regularly participated in this competition since 2001.  Our team has been a finalist team chosen to compete in the final round six times (Halifax, 2002; Saskatoon, 2004; Winnipeg, 2007; Victoria, 2010; Edmonton, 2011; Montreal, 2015). We have been awarded the national trophy three times (2004; 2011; 2015)!

The U of S Applied Social Psychology program intends to continue to participate in the competition. The experience is very rewarding for both the students and the faculty coaches involved. The students gain experience in formulating, analyzing and presenting evaluation recommendations under a tight deadline, and reap the benefits of exposure at a national conference. The faculty coaches feel that being involved in the competition greatly aids in learning program evaluation skills and methods by adding an innovative practical component that compliments core courses and the practicum experience. Participation in the competition also allows the students to foster teamwork and practice group consultative skills.

For more information on the competition visit the CES Student Case Competition website.

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