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Program Modules


Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behaviour. Research in Psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behaviour.

Applications of Psychology are everywhere:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Mental health treatment
  • Sport performance enhancement
  • The legal system
  • And public health campaigns, to name just a few.

Why Take Psychology at Brescia?

At Brescia there are smaller classes that make for a more student-centred and friendly experience. The Psychology faculty at Brescia are dedicated to making students feel empowered – free to chat, ask questions, and discuss issues. We offer a wide range of courses in Psychology, including Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology, Introduction to Educational Psychology, Drugs and Behaviour, The Exceptional Child, Neuroscience of Motivation and Emotion, Psychology of Persuasion, among many others, including an Honor’s Thesis course.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Anne Barnfield, Psychology Coordinator, at 519-432-8353, ext. 28246.


To learn about prerequisites for the Psychology program, please click on the appropriate category below:


What Program Options Would I have?

At Brescia, you can do a Minor, Major, Specialization, or Honors Specialization in Psychology. Additionally, you can take a double major with another discipline (e.g., Sociology). The Major is most appropriate for students who want a strong background in Psychology because of interest or career plans, but who will not pursue Psychology at the graduate level (e.g., future lawyers, teachers, doctors, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and business-people). If you plan to continue your study of Psychology in graduate school, you should take the Honors Specialization in Psychology.

At Brescia, you have all the opportunities of a larger university, with a warmer, compassionate atmosphere – the best of both worlds!

Career Opportunities

Our graduates find rewarding careers in positions, such as:

  • Addictions Counselor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Child and Youth Worker Cultural Diversity
  • Consultant
  • Development Officer

jennifer_a-thumbBrescia creates an environment that prepares students for professional and personal success. The small class sizes are a wonderful way to get to know the course content as well as the peers around you. It’s also clear that the faculty and staff love what they do.The blend of professionalism, passion, and accessibility in Brescia’s leadership made it possible for me to have many rich, formative conversations over the years about everything from questions about the material, to thesis planning, to professional development and career options. As a Brescia student, I really felt like I had the best of both worlds: the option to enjoy experiences throughout the larger Western campus, while being able to come home to a vibrant learning community where I felt known as a person and never just a student number.”

– Jennifer Atwell ’07 – Leadership & Team Performance Specialist at Gina Airey Consulting Inc.


The full-time faculty members are:

The contract faculty members are:

  • Dr. John Campbell
  • Dr. Shelley Cross-Mellor
  • Ms. Michelle Everest
  • Ms. Kelly Foley
  • Dr. Rhonda Gilby
  • Dr. Jennifer Hoshooley
  • Ms. Kayla Janes
  • Ms. Ashleigh Lerch
  • Dr. Richard Shugar
  • Ms. Caroline Strang
  • Dr. Tony Vernon