My name is Michael Souza (pronounced “sues-uh”) and an Associate Professor (Teaching Stream) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. I also serve as the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Affairs, in the Department of Psychology covering Psychology, Mental Health Studies and Neuroscience.

After earning my Ph.D. in Psychology  in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley, I first served as an Instructor I and then as a Senior Instructor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. During my tenure at UBC, I taught a number of undergraduate courses (mostly focused on cognitive psychology/neuroscience), as well as a graduate course on the Teaching of Psychology. I was also involved in promoting student leadership and development in a variety of ways, including serving as Associate Head (Undergraduate Affairs), mentoring student organizations (e.g., Psychology Students’ Association of UBC), founding the 2nd chapter of Psi Chi in Canada, and launching a student engagement initiative to promote extracurricular professional development in students.

I was thrilled to join UTSC Department of Psychology in July 2016 as an Associate Professor (Teaching Stream). In addition to teaching courses in cognition (e.g., PSYB57, PSYB65, PSYC50, PSYD50, PSYC66), I am interested in ways to promote student development and to more broadly improve undergraduate student outcomes.


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