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Dr. Alisa McArthur

Associate Professor, Psychology

Phone: (403) 254-3768


Office: A219

PhD Psychology, University of Calgary
MSc Psychology, University of Calgary
BA Psychology, University of Saskatchewan

Specialization/research interests:research/statistics, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology

After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, Alisa moved to Calgary where she received her PhD from the University of Calgary, specializing in Cognition and Aging. She has continued her research in this area, but her lifelong love of sport has directed her research into the role of exercise on cognition and well-being in older adults. In addition to her love of sport is her love of animals, particularly dogs. This has evolved into a new area of research for her and her colleague, Dr. Corinne Syrnyk; examining animal-assisted therapy events and the volunteers who participate in such activities.

Alisa is the former Chair of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences section of the Canadian Psychological Association and is currently the Vice Chair of the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) Psychology articulation committee.

Alisa is passionate about teaching the students at St. Mary’s. Although it is often considered one of the most ‘dreaded’ Psychology courses (on this campus and many others), one of her favourite courses to teach is the statistics and research methods course. She takes great satisfaction from helping students through the course and hopes that they will ‘see the light’ and come to appreciate the scientific method. She also teaches courses on Aging, Sensation and Perception, Cognition, and Neuropsychology. Finally, she aspires to pass on her passion for psychology to new students in introductory courses.

When not at St. Mary’s, you’ll find Alisa watching one of her boys playing soccer, playing tennis with her family, or doing anything outdoors.

McArthur, A.D., Sears, C., Scialfa, C.T., & Sulsky, L.M. (2014). Aging and the inhibition of competing hypotheses during visual word identification: evidence from the progressive demasking task. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, May 6, 1-24.

McArthur, A.D. (2013). An Assignment that Helps Students Connect with Course Content. FacultyFocus.com, October 7, 2013.

McArthur, A.D. (2013). A Multiple Regression Example Illustrating the Effects of Multicolinearity. TeachPsychScience.org, July 30, 2013.