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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 20, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Loomis

Dr. Colleen Loomis

Associate Professor, Psychology

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.Ext. 2858

Office Location: N2017 (Science Building)
Office Hours: SABBATICAL: By Appointment Only, Email to request appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

(Honours), Psychology, University of Tulsa
MA, Human Services Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
PhD, Human Services Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Psychology, Stanford University Medical Center
Invited Senior Research Scientist, Psychology and Sciences of Education, University of Geneva


My research concerns the topic of community and education. Currently I am conducting studies on early childhood care and education in Canada, Madagascar, and Lao People's Democratic Republic, school- and community-based programs for girls in Canada, and psychological sense of community in France.

For example, in some of the studies I and my colleagues have led we have examined how communities support the relation between an individual and places of learning such as schools, adult education programs, alternative learning communities, and early childhood development programs such as Better Beginnings Better Futures. Having conducted research in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Lao, and Switzerland, I have published on psychological sense of community, early childhood development programs, service-learning in education, and related subjects, including self-help groups, gender and power, socioeconomic class, mentoring, and bilingual education (as it relates to the U.S.). In writing, conducting research, teaching, mentoring, and consulting I am engaged to facilitate, negotiate, and synthesize understandings among multiple stakeholders often those with diverse backgrounds and views.

For more details about my research click on the "research" link.

In addition to research and teaching I am Associate Dean: Student Services for the Faculty of Science.

Additional Information

Are you interested in having me as a masters or doctoral thesis supervisor?

I welcome the possibility of supervising your thesis, depending upon how your timing works out with mine, and if you're interested in conducting your MA thesis as part of my research program. My acceptance of students for entry in fall 2015 and 2016 depends upon results of current applications for funding to conduct a follow-up study on individuals age 25 who participated in early childhood development interventions in Ontario, Canada with Better Beginnings, Better Futures when they were 4 to 8 years of age and your thesis interest. I will be accepting students interested in doing a thesis within my research program on this topic.

(My research program does not have current possibilities for undergraduate honours thesis. I hope to be accepting undergraduate students once again in Fall 2017.)

Professional Mentoring Tips

Over prepare, then go with the flow.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

(2 of 45 tips written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland,Ohio)

Where/how to apply for award/financial assistance 

Note that many awards, scholarships, and bursaries go un-awarded every year, and that if they are in need of financial assistance, they are encouraged to apply.

The Community Psychology Award in Honour of Dr. Ed Bennett is one of many opportunities it is available to year 1 or 2 of the MA, community psychology program students or undergraduate students who are registered in or have completed PS382, PS482, PS499, or equivalent courses (as per the criteria for this award).