Information for Prospective Students

I welcome inquiries from students who are interested in having me be their graduate or Honours thesis supervisor. Please feel free to email me ( to have a preliminary discussion of our shared interests. You can also review my website to see the types of projects I have supervised in the past. Normally, I take on one new graduate student and one honours student each year. Below I have outlined what you can expect from me as a supervisor as well as what I expect of students who I supervise.

Honours Thesis Memorandum of Understanding

If I accept you as a student, as your supervisor, I will assist you in developing a research question and appropriate methodology. I will also assist you in learning how to collect, analyse and write-up your data. This will be done through regular meetings as well as review of written materials and oral presentations. Of note, it is very common for one of my PhD students to be a co-supervisor or your thesis.

The following will give you a general outline of my expectations for honours students:

1) By September, you will finalize a topic and proposed methodology for your honours thesis.

2) From September to the end of March, you will be expected to attend and contribute to research meetings to discuss your research. I will also be available to meet with students as needed.

3) Typically by October 15th, you will prepare a draft of the literature review and method section for your honours proposal. Following revisions, this will be handed in to the honours coordinator for marking later in September.

4) Typically by November 15th, you will prepare a presentation on your project and practice this in front of me and members of my lab. This presentation will also be given in your honours thesis seminar at a later date.

5) From September likely through the end of January you will most likely be involved in data collection and data entry. This takes a variable amount of time depending on the nature of your project. This will require making a database for data entry.

6) The month of February will be spent on data analysis. This can be a time consuming process and you should expect to devote considerable time to this. Senior students in the lab may be able to provide you support in the analysis.

7) It is expected that March will be spent on final data analysis and write-up of the results and discussion section. The first draft of your thesis is typically due to me by mid-March in order to ensure that I have sufficient time to mark and make suggestions for revisions prior to the end of the term. Your final draft is typically due early April.

8) Typically the first week of April you will be required to submit a poster presentation of your thesis.

9) Once the class is complete if the results are interpretable and contribute to the field, you will be asked to assist with preparation of an article for publication. Authorship will depend on things such as contribution to study question, methodology, final data analysis and write-up of the article.

Graduate Supervision:

Memorandum of Understanding/Research Agreement

As your graduate supervisor, I will assist you in your graduate research, including assisting you in identifying relevant literature, conceptualizing and refining your research questions, identifying appropriate methodology, designing your research, selecting/constructing relevant questionnaires, preparing research ethics applications, collecting, analyzing and interpreting results, and writing up of your thesis/dissertation. Furthermore, I will assist you in presenting your research at professional conferences and in peer-reviewed publications. The expectation with graduate research is always that you take the primary lead on the above activities and that I offer assistance. My assistance will be provided through regular meetings as well as review of written materials and oral presentations. I will aim to have feedback to you within ~ 3 weeks (recommendation set by FGSR).

Given that we have a professional obligation to publish and present research we have conducted, following the completion of your data collection/analysis and write-up of your graduate research (but not necessarily defense of your research), my expectation is that you will work with me on peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations in a timely manner (e.g., within six months of data collection/analysis and write-up). Should you not work with me on manuscripts/presentations within 6 months of completing your data collection/analysis/write-up, I will proceed with leading the preparation of manuscripts/presentations and may invite other students or colleagues to participate in the manuscripts/publications in order to facilitate timely dissemination of the research.

Depending on the scope of the project, it is possible that several manuscripts/presentations will result from graduate research. It is also possible that supplementary manuscripts/presentations will result from your graduate research (e.g., answering questions that were not part of your original graduate research).

If at all possible, I will discuss any decisions to proceed with manuscripts/presentations. Within reason, extra time will be given in the event personal circumstances (e.g., sickness) interfere with you leading the preparation of manuscripts/presentations. Timely presentation and publication of research, however, is paramount as information collected becomes quickly out of date. Therefore, if personal circumstances arise that interfere with your ability to lead manuscripts/presentations, it is expected that, as your supervisor, I will take on primary responsibility of the manuscripts/presentations.

Regardless of who leads the preparation of manuscripts/presentations, order of authorship on the research products will be determined using the American Psychological Association guidelines for determining order of authorship (e.g., consideration is given to conceptualizing and refining the research idea, designing the study, data analysis, write-up of the paper). Manuscripts that are based in part on data collected as part of the graduate research, but in no substantial way to the original graduate research, would most likely result in you being included as a co-author but not first author. Order of authorship will not necessarily be the same on each manuscript/presentation (see the APA statement on authorship).