TA Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards close on February 28th.

Students and instructors can nominate a TA via online forms: http://tatp.utoronto.ca/awards/ta-awards/

Departments can nominate a graduate student Course Instructor by submitting a nomination package. More information is available online:http://tatp.utoronto.ca/awards/ci-award/

These awards recognize the valuable contributions of TAs and graduate student Course Instructors to undergraduate education at the University of Toronto and seek to honour those who exhibit exceptional leadership in their teaching. Winners receive a framed certificate and monetary award. The TA Teaching Excellence Award winners are invited to participate in a panel during the 2018 Tri-Campus TA Day. The CI Teaching Excellence Award shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the 2018 Teaching & Learning Symposium.

We sincerely appreciate any help in promoting awareness of these awards. Please see attached for poster to include in your communications. Information regarding eligibility and the nomination process can be found online: http://tatp.utoronto.ca/awards/

If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact:

Kathleen Olmstead
Communications & Project Manager, CTSI

Fady Shanouda
TATP Social Sciences Team Coordinator, TA Teaching Excellence Award Chair

Joel Rodgers
TATP Course Instructor Training Coordinator, CI Teaching Excellence Award Chair


UofT’s Health and Human Rights Conference


Do you find yourself frustrated with the state of Canada’s healthcare system? It’s time to rethink our healthcare. Now in its 20th year, the University of Toronto International Health Program presents its theme for its annual Health and Human Rights Conference: Integrated Healthcare!
What: This conference will bring together professionals, graduate, and undergraduate students on a UofT platform, engaging them in a dialogue about pertinent health issues with diverse perspectives and fields of studies. Our theme this year will explore the ways in which patients, healthcare professionals, and other diverse stakeholders can better collaborate to improve our healthcare system.

Who: This year, we are featuring several renowned interdisciplinary healthcare practitioners and researchers as keynote speakers. We are providing a range of workshops run by UofT groups and community members (e.g. police officers, nurses, etc.) that will present case problems and train and equip our conference participants with the skills to effectively solve Canada’s healthcare issues. Please check out https://www.hhrights.org/ for more details about our speakers and workshops.

Opportunities: We are offering in-person network opportunities and a volunteer fair for you to make valuable connections with professionals and communities in the healthcare field. You will receive a certificate for completing all of the workshops at the end of the conference. There will also be a research poster fair (if you are a UofT student or researcher and interested in participating- please email hhr@utihp.ca to receive more details). The overall goal of this conference is to enhance your understanding of health and human rights and inspire Canadians to take an active role in shaping the future of the Canadian healthcare system.

When: Saturday January 27 (9:30am-2:30pm) – Sunday January 28 (9:30am- 2:30pm)

Where: Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto
Registration is now OPEN and completely FREE! To register, please check out the registration page here!

Feel free to email us with any questions at hhr@utihp.ca  or message us on Facebook


Calling All Mentees!

Calling all first-year Psychology students! Are you looking for help with transitioning to university? Are you trying to get more involved in the psychology community at U of T? Become a mentee at the Psychology Students’ Association!

As a mentee, you will be matched with an upper year psychology student who will guide you through your psychology program. You will be able to enlist their expertise as a psychology student to learn more about research opportunities, how to manage time, handle stress, and what’s more after PSY100. You will also have the opportunity to meet with your mentor throughout the term.

To apply, please fill out the form provided below. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31 at 11:59 pm. Thoughts, comments, questions? Send us an email at psa.academiccommittee@gmail.com

We look forward to your application!


MENTEE APPLICATION LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/r8hmoEYjRm2XmxjA2


PSA Academic Committee


Participants Needed!

Recruitment Flyer

The PEARL Lab at OISE is recruiting participants between the ages of 18 and 22 for a research study on the relationship between young adults and their parents, and the impact of this relationship on risk behaviours, wellness behaviours and well-being. You must be in contact with a parent for at least 10 hours a month (including text, phone, email) and be willing to have said parent participate. The study involves you filling out one baseline survey  and then completing 30 days of short surveys from home, using an app that you download on your smartphone. We will ask you to do the same thing again in a year and two more times after that. Young adults are paid for the initial survey ($20) and for the 30 days of surveys (up to $60) each year and parents are paid $20 for each survey.

Individuals who are interested in participating can contact our lab by phone or email to hear more about the study.

Phone: 416-978-0702

Email: project.emerge@utoronto.ca


Mentorship Program!

Calling all upper year psychology students! Interested in developing your leadership skills or getting involved with the psychology community? Then consider becoming a mentor for the Psychology Students’ Association mentorship program!


The aim of the program is to connect upper year psychology students with first year students interested in psychology to facilitate their transition into university life. As a mentor, your duties will enlist your expertise as a psychology student by helping your mentees navigate through their psychology program and general university concerns. Due to the fact that this is a mentorship program, you will not be expected to tutor your mentees in course-related affairs.


Important: You will have the option to receive a CCR credit (winter term). If you are thinking to receive a CCR credit, please register for all three sessions of the Mentorship Foundational Trainings on this website: http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/mpp/mentor-development. If you have attended any of these training sessions before, you DO NOT need to attend the same training session(s). More details will be sent out shortly regarding other requirements to receive a CCR credit.


To apply, please fill out the form provided below. The deadline to apply is Jan 31 at 11:59 pm. Thoughts, comments, questions? Send us an email at psa.academiccommittee@gmail.com We look forward to your application!


MENTOR APPLICATION LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/Ar5OxqlxNJbBP9Ej1


PSA Academic Committee


Training Mental Habits Study


We are currently recruiting participants who describe themselves as
worriers for the TRAINING MENTAL HABITS Study at Ryerson University.


If so, you may be eligible to participate in the following study:

TRAINING MENTAL HABITS STUDY: Research has shown that unhelpful “mental
habits” can lead to chronic worry and anxiety. This study will examine the
immediate and short-term effects of training “mental habits” on worry and
anxiety. . Participation involves four visits to Ryerson University, and
an “at-home” component lasting 7 days.

STUDY CONTACT: SHREYA, caplab@psych.ryerson.ca

All study appointments will take place at 105 Bond Street at Ryerson
University. If you would like more information about this study, please
name of the study in the subject line. YOU WILL BE COMPENSATED FOR YOUR

All queries are confidential. A phone screen (which participants will not
be compensated for) is required for all studies to determine eligibility.

All studies have been approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics


Neurosciences & Mental Health: New Perspectives in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Neurosciences & Mental Health Mini-Symposia Series:

New Perspectives in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Friday February 9th 2018, 8:45am – 12:45 pm (followed by lunch)

Robert Salter Auditorium, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning, 686
Bay Street, Toronto


Miriam Beauchamp, PhD- Associate Professor, Department of Psychology,
University of Montreal; and Researcher, Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center
ABCs Developmental Neuropsychology Laboratory

Roger Zemek, MD – Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics and Emergency
Medicine, Clinical Research Chair in Pediatric Concussion, University of
Ottawa; and Director, Clinical Research Unit, Children’s Hospital of Eastern

Douglas D. Fraser, MD, PhD – Professor/Clinician Scientist, Western
University, London, Ontario, Canada

Nick Reed, PhD, Clinician Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute, Holland
Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto

Ben Dunkley, PhD – MEG Clinical Associate, Diagnostic Imaging; Associate
Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children ;
Assistant Professor, Medical Imaging, The University of Toronto

Anne Wheeler, PhD- Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health, The Hospital
for Sick Children; and Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology,
University of Toronto

Full agenda and free registration available here



UofT Leadership Opportunity

The Student Life Programs & Services at the University of Toronto is
hosting a series of free workshops titled “Learning to Lead†. This
opportunity is for returning and new undergraduate students. These
workshops will provide interactive lessons on effective leadership
practices. We welcome anyone wanting to learn what it means to be a leader
or looking to sharpen their skills.

The highly immersive workshops will touch upon critical issues highlighted
by student experience. From looking at ways to motivate your team to
advance conflict resolution, attendees will have the chance to bring their
own expertise and learn from our staff members.

Along with a meaningful networking opportunity, you will receive a
designation on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) capturing your skills and
experience signed by the Vice-Provost if you attend a minimum of five

All workshops will be held on the St. George campus and be facilitated by
staff members who are well versed in addressing everyday challenges leaders

The link to register is:


Participants Needed for Experiment!


Dr. Kang Lee’s Development Lab is looking for research participants!
Study 1: Ability to detect email scams ($10 + TTC fare, 1 hour)
Eligible participants must:
• be 18-30 years old
• make their own financial decisions
• have no history of cognitive impairment
• have at least some email experience

Study 2: Social attitudes ($20 + TTC fare, 1.5 hours)
Participants must:
• be 18-25 years old
• be Caucasian or East Asian
• have lived in Canada for at least 4 years prior to beginning university
Please include your name, contact information, and availability. Studies take place at OISE – 252 Bloor St W.