Believing the Christian worldview uniquely equips us for this task, the mission of Redeemer University’s psychology department is to study and understand human thought, emotion and behaviour with all necessary tools—scientific, theoretical, and experiential—and to apply the fruits of this investigation to improve human life, advance knowledge, and prepare for a broad range of human callings, all to the glory of God.

Learning Outcomes

We aim to equip students with three main competencies, scientific, theoretical, and experiential

Scientific.  Demonstrate the ability to understand and critically assess scientific results, develop testable research questions, design reliable and valid empirical studies, conduct correct and transparent analyses, draw appropriate conclusions, and communicate those conclusions with honesty, openness, and integrity.

Theoretical.  Discern and describe the ways non-Christian worldview assumptions have shaped modern psychology and show how the methods, concepts, and findings of contemporary psychology fit within a broader, distinctively Christian Scriptural and theoretical framework.

Experiential.  Authentically know self, others, and God, see these as inextricably linked, and apply this knowledge to personal growth and to benefit society.


Psychology Department Programs

Psychology Department Faculty

Dr. Marie Good

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. (2011), Psychology (Lifespan Development), Brock University; Thesis: Exploring the... Read More
Phone: 905-648-2139   Ext: 4254
Office: 219K
Marie started working at Redeemer in July of 2014. She is a developmental psychologist who is fascinated by the role that spiritual and religious beliefs play in the social, emotional, and physical... Read More

Dr. Russell Kosits

Professor of Psychology


Chair of the Psychology Department

Ph.D. (2004), University of New Hampshire; M.T.S. (2004), University of New Hampshire; M.A. (2000),... Read More
Phone: 905-648-2139   Ext: 4274
Office: 219G
All scientific work is inevitably shaped by “worldviews,” or beliefs about ultimate questions. My work as a teacher and scholar flows out of this central truth, in two particular ways.  First,... Read More

Dr. Doug Needham

Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. Psychology, McMaster University; B.Arts & Sci. (Honours), McMaster University
Phone: 905-648-2139   Ext: 4210
Office: 219E

Dr. Lindsey Short

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. (2014), Developmental Psychology, Brock University; M.A. (2010), Developmental Psychology,... Read More
Phone: 905-648-2139   Ext: 4249
Office: 219L
Broadly, my research interests involve the role of experience in shaping our ability to recognize and process faces. As such, I am interested in the various environmental factors that influence how... Read More

Prof. Brenda Stephenson

Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology, North Central University; M.A. (1983), Psychology, Wheaton College;... Read More
Phone: 905-648-2139   Ext: 4283
Office: 219F
Brenda Stephenson combines her scholarly/teaching work with a clinical practice. Her clinical practice not only keeps her therapeutic skills current, but also provides insight into what may cause... Read More