Psychology Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff of the Psychology Department at UNBC are committed to student learning by promoting excellence in teaching, research, and service. Our members have received a number of awards over the years:

  • Dr. Bill Owen - Teaching Excellence Award (2006)
  • Dr. Ken Prkachin - Research Excellence Award (2008)
  • Dr. Paul Siakaluk - Teaching Excellence Award (2008)
  • Dr. Sherry Beaumont - Teaching Excellence Award (2009)
  • Dr. Loraine Lavallee - University Achievement Award for Teaching (2019, 2012)
  • Dr. Paul Madak - University Achievement Award for Teaching (2015)
  • Brian Duffels, PhD Candidate - University Achievement Award for Teaching (2017)

Department Chair

Siakaluk, Dr. Paul

PhD (University of Alberta)
Department Chair, Professor

Phone: 250-960-6120

Dr. Siakaluk started on faculty at UNBC in the summer of 2004.

Research Interests

My research interests involve taking an embodied cognition perspective on language and conceptual processing.

Potential graduate students: If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies (MSc, PhD) under my supervision, please contact me well in advance of the January application deadline. Undergraduate students: Please contact me if you are interested in conducting either an Honours degree or independent studies research project under my supervision.

My lab is currently funded with an NSERC Discovery Grant.


  • Dr. Sherry Beaumont
    PhD (University of Waterloo)
    • Professor (on Sabattical Leave)
    250-960-6501 / Lab: 250-960-6062
    Dr. Beaumont received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1993. She started on faculty at UNBC in July 1994.
  • Duchesne, Dr. Annie
    PhD (McGill University)
    • Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Henry Harder
    RPsych, EdD (University of British Columbia)
    • Professor
    • Leadership Council Co-Chair, Health Research Institute
    Dr. Henry G. Harder is an Indigenous Scholar and is Professor and past Chair of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia. He currently holds the Dr. Donald B. Rix BC Leadership Chair in Aboriginal Environmental Health. He is a registered psychologist. Dr. Harder... more
  • Julie Howard
    MSc (University of Northern British Columbia)
    • Senior Lab Instructor
    Mrs. Howard received her MSc from UNBC in 2001, and started teaching there in 2002. She teaches material in research methods and statistics, and conducts research on emotional expression in music.
  • Lavallee, Dr. Loraine
    PhD (University of British Columbia)
    • Assistant Professor
    Dr. Lavallee received her PhD in social psychology from UBC in 2000 and took a faculty position at UNBC that same year. She has an interdisciplinary background having completed a BA in history and a research fellowship in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. Her research work investigates environmental... more
  • Dr. Han Li
    PhD (University of Victoria, Canada), MA (University of Victoria, Canada), MPH (Master of Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
    • Professor
    Awards and Distinctions: Highly commended paper award by Emerald Group Publishing (Nov. 2009). Top paper award by International Communication Association (Dresden, June 2006). Top paper award by International Communication Association (Seoul, July 2002).
  • Matheson, Dr. Heath
    • Assistant Professor
    I am an experimental psychologist interested in testing hypotheses of embodied cognition, in particular within the domain of human conceptual and emotional knowledge. In my lab we study how people learn and use concepts. The flexible use of concepts allows us to better meet our homeostatic needs... more
  • Dr. William Owen
    BSc (Augustana University College), MA, PhD (University of Saskatchewan)
    • Associate Professor
    Dr. Owen started on faculty at UNBC in the summer of 2002. He completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently the Acting Dean of Student Success and Enrollment Management.
  • PhD (UVic), MEd, BA
    • Associate Professor
    • MEd (Counselling) Coordinator (Regional Deliveries)
    • Coordinator, Community Counselling Clinic
    Linda is a long-time northerner from the far northwest corner of BC who practiced in that area for many years. She holds a BA in Child and Youth Care, an MEd in Counselling Psychology, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria and is a certified counsellor and trauma... more
  • John Sherry
    PhD, MS (Fordham University), BA (San Diego State University)
    • Assistant Professor
    • Director, Community Counselling Clinic
    Dr. John Sherry has over 20 years of experience as a clinician and his academic and clinical work has focused on couples, family, and group therapy. Drs.O’Neill and Sherry are two of the founding members of the Community Counselling Centre, the program’s off-site practicum placement for counselling... more
  • Dr. Paul Siakaluk
    PhD (University of Alberta)
    • Department Chair, Professor
    Dr. Siakaluk started on faculty at UNBC in the summer of 2004.

Professors Emeritus

Cronshaw,  Dr. Steven
Phone: 250-960-6785

Prkachin, Dr. Ken
PhD (University of British Columbia)

Part-Time Instructors

Duffels, Brian
Phone: 250-960-5726
Office: 10-3552

White, Elisa

White, Nicole
Phone: 250-960-6504
Office: 10-3594

Adjunct Faculty

Climenhage, James, BA (SFU), MA (SFU), PhD (SFU)

Klassen-Ross, Tammy, BA (UBC), MSc (UNBC), PhD (UNBC)

Madak, Paul, BA (St Bonaventure), MA (Manitoba), PhD (Manitoba)

Prkachin, Glenda, BA (Carleton), MA (Carleton), PhD (UBC)

Prkachin, Dr. Ken, PhD (University of British Columbia)

Rocha, Elizabeth, BA (British Columbia), MSc (Northern British Columbia), PhD (Saskatchewan)

Seaton, Cherisse​, MSc (UNBC), PhD (UNBC)