ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Psychology was initially introduced as a single course and was offered by the Department of Philosophy in 1915. Over the years the number of courses and instructors grew until we officially became the Department of Psychology in 1958. The Kenny Building was specifically designed and built to house the Psychology Department during the time that Peter Suedfeld was Department Head. He would go on to become Dean of the Graduate Faculty, and the Department moved into the building in 1984. Our present home is named for Dr. Douglas T. Kenny, a developmental psychologist who was elected as the Head of the Department of Psychology in 1964, served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1970-1975, and was President of UBC from 1975-1983.
As of July 2010, the Department has 47 full-time faculty members representing eight sub-disciplinary specializations: Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive Science, Developmental, Health, Learning Enhancement, Psychometrics, and Social/Personality. There are 113 full-time graduate students (including 13 in the affiliated Neuroscience program, 3 in Zoology, and 1 in the Interdisciplinary program), 15 Sessional Lecturers, 11 Postdoctoral Research Fellows, 3 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows, and 32 members of the administrative or research staff. The most popular undergraduate Major at UBC, Psychology currently has over 1700 students working toward their BA degree and over 120 studying for their BSc. During the 2009/2010 academic year, more than 13,500 UBC undergraduates took at least one of our 52 courses (comprising 180 sections).
Reflecting the impact of the Psychology Department on the university and community, several Department members contribute to other units and faculties on campus (e.g., the Brain Research Centre; Neuroscience Program; UBC Institute of Mental Health), to health and research institutions in Vancouver (e.g., Vancouver General Hospital), and to community organizations (e.g., the RCMP)