Psychology

Saint John campus

  • Degrees Offered: MA, PhD in Experimental Psychology (offered jointly with UNB Fredericton)
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15
  • Study Options: Thesis
  • Duration: Two years (MA), Four years (PhD)
  • Entry Terms: Fall 

You’ve made up your mind to pursue a career in psychology. UNB Saint John’s psychology graduate program can teach you the advanced research and statistical skills to succeed. Our program combines coursework, independent research, and collaborations with supervisors to give students a well-rounded understanding of experimental psychology.

Our students gain applied knowledge and employ experimental methods, ultimately leading to a thesis in the student’s preferred psychological research area. We actively participate in the PhD clinical psychology program offered by UNB Fredericton. Our graduates have been successful in developing diverse career paths in hospitals, government agencies, non-profit and community outreach organizations, as well as research centres and universities.

Research areas

  • Forensic, Correctional and Police Psychology
  • Peer Relationships and Social Skills
  • Measurement and Scale Development
  • Bio-Psychology and Psychopharmacology
  • Addictions
  • Attachment, Loneliness and Well-Being
  • Neuroscience
  • Perception and Cognition
  • Health Research
  • Personality

Current faculty research

  • Lisa Best: Perception, diagrammatic reasoning, history of graph use in psychology, addictive behaviours, personality, subjective well-being
  • Lilly Both: Peer relationships and social skills across the lifespan, social problem solving, incubation and problem solving, life satisfaction, personality correlates
  • Caroline Brunelle: Biological and personality risk factors in addiction, comorbidity of substance use disorders with other mental disorders, harm reduction, offender populations
  • Mary Ann Campbell: Clinical forensic, correctional, and police psychology, psychopathy, risk assessment, adult and adolescent offenders, mentally ill offenders, sexual deviancy, credibility assessment, program evaluation
  • Enrico DiTommaso: Attachment, loneliness and interpersonal functioning, social adjustment, well-being, scale development, measurement, survey methodology
  • Sean Roach: behavioural neuroscience, animal behaviour, vocal communication, song birds, auditory perception, contagious behavior
  • Jonathan Wilbiks: multisensory processing, audiovisual integration, psychology of music, music perception, visual perception, auditory perception

Application requirements

  1. All applicants must hold an undergraduate honours degree in psychology with a minimum cumulative GPA of A-. A research-based thesis is required.
  2. Applicants must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the general test
  3. Applicants must submit a complete application.
  4. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit language scores that meet or exceed:
    • International English language testing system (IELTS) = band 7
    • Paper-based TOEFL = 600
    • Internet-based TOEFL = 250
    • TWE = 5.5

Contact us

For more information on our program, contact Dr. Mary Ann Campbell, Director of Graduate Studies, or Laura Devlin, Program Administrative Assistant.

Office: Hazen Hall, Rm. 15

Phone: 1-506-648-5640

Related: Psychology Department 

Psychology Information Sheet