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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
November 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Loomis

Dr. Colleen Loomis

Associate Dean: Student Services
Associate Professor, Psychology
Community Psychology Area Coordinator

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2425 (Dean's Office)
Other Phone: Ext. 2858 (Psychology)

Office Location: N1048 (Science Building)
Office Hours: By appointment only; call 2425 or email to book 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
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 in general – Note thamany 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).

Applying for awards:?Bursary programs:

· To apply for all competitive scholarships and awards opportunities which are supported by our donors, applicants must submit the student profile(s) on LORIS (the "General profile for all students" as well as the applicable "Faculty Specific Profile").

· The General Student profile for all students will be available online on LORIS as of late August, and the deadline for submission is September 30, 2014, 11:59 pm.

· All students who complete the General Student profile, will then be given the opportunity to complete the applicable "Faculty specific profile" as application for awards opportunities that are specific to their applicable faculty.  Faculty specific profiles will be on LORIS as of October 6, 2014, and the submission deadline is October 24, 2014, 11:59 pm.

· All recipients of competitive scholarships and awards will be notified by e-mail (to the "mylaurier" email account) by late February of each year.

**Note: awards and scholarships are different from bursaries. See below.

· DEFINITION: a bursary is a monetary gift based on demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic achievement. Bursaries do not have to be paid back to the university. 

· There are four bursary programs available at Wilfrid Laurier University.  The General Laurier Tuition Bursary Program, the Donor Supported Bursary Program, the First Generation Bursary Program, and the Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Bursary Program.

Information on these four programs is listed below.ry Programs

· Bursary Program Timelines

· Laurier Donor Supported Bursary Program

· Laurier Tuition Bursary Program

· OSAP Applications and the Laurier Tuition Bursary Program

· First Generation Bursary Program

· Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Bursary

· International (VISA) Bursary Program Information - Undergraduate