Honours Students

Important Documents for Honours Students

Current information for Honours Students 2021

Psychology Honours Application Form.

Certificate of Examination Form.

Library Permission to use Honours Paper


Current Honours Students 2020 - 2021


Britanny Hicks (2020)

Britanny is completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Prince Edward
Island. She was accepted into the Honours degree program in September 2020 and is conducting her honours thesis on domain specificity in creativity of songs and stories. She is an amateur musician with an eye on graduate school in
a related area, such as arts therapy


Recent Honours Students


Erin Hannah (2020)

Erin received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Prince Edward
Island. She completed her Honours degree exploring music, improvisational singing
and the question of domain-specific creativity. In her free time, Erin enjoys singing and playing
guitar. She is currently studying for her Masters Degree in social work at the University of Windsor.


Emma Campbell (2020)

Emma completed her Honours degree in Psychology on Individual and Group Singing in Persons with Parkinson's Disease.  She had previously obtained her B.A. in Psychology.  She is currently a graduate student in the program in Speech Pathology at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.  Classes were delayed until 2021 due to COVID-19.&nbsp. Prior to moving to Scotland, she was employed with  the federal government, Veteran's Affairs Canada offices in Charlottetown. Emma presented a poster entitled "Singing in Parkinson's Disease: Familiar song, range, melodic elements, favourite song, compose an ending" at the 19th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting, November, 2020. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ftLOu_7qlh0cfYYEp6JvjrmO_Z_PQhqYTBsuEo4frDw/view


Eric da Silva (2019)

Singing in university athletes: Effect of training,  and serial position on the pitch of the tonic in a familiar melody. Eric is enrolled in a graduate program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a concentration in data science from Adler University, while continuing his work with the Federal Government in Human Resources. A A


Kyle Dutton

Singing in university athletes: Effect of training and transposition on the pitch of the tonic in a familiar melody


Jingyuan Sun (2019)

The role of Mandarin and Cantonese tone language on singing: melodic structure and accuracy. Jingyuan is completing her M. Sc. in Health Psychology at the University of London (University College London.


Breea Maclean (2018)  completed her B. Ed. degree following the completion of her Honours Psychology degree.

Intergenerational aspects of memory for popular music

Honours thesis in psychology can be found at    https://islandscholar.ca/islandora/object/ir:22507.


Caleb Young  (2018) completed his Master's program in School Psychology,  Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, and is working in this field in New Brunswick.

Singing at Summer Camp: Developmental implications

Talia Bond; (2017) completing MD.,  Dalhousie University, Halifax

Singing as a benefit for pulmonory disorders: a meta-analysis of current studies


Jessica McKellar  (2016) completed the Master's program in Counselling Psychology, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax

Effects of age one recognition for popular music: Exploring three generations within the same family


Derek Hughes (2015) completed MSc. Audiology, Dalhousie University School of Human Communications Disorders. He is an audiologist with Connect Hearing in Prince Edward Island.

Singing and cochlear implants


Maggie  (Margarida Quadros) da Fonseca (2014)  Completed M. Sc.  Speech Pathology McGill University

Acquisition of phonemic strings:  A study of the critical period hypothesis


Kate Thompson (2014)  completed M. A. Psychology at University of Toronto with full SSHRC Scholarship; currently Ph.D. candidate at University of New Brunswick

Rhythm skills in younger and older adults


Marley MacInnis  (2013)  Completing M.Sc in Speech Pathology,  Dalhousie University, School of Human Communications Disorders

Singing as sport


Gillian MacDonald (2013)

Spontaneous facial expressions that accompany singing: Effects of song meaning, gender, and musical training. [links to honours thesis of Gillian MacDonald] MacDonald , G. R., & Cohen, A. J. (2013). The effects of personal song meaning, singer gender and musical training on spontaneous facial and head movement while singing. An exploratory investigation. Poster presented at the 23rd annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science, Calgary, AB. (abstract 213 p. 57). (https://www.csbbcs.org/fileadmin/csbbcs/storage/CSBBCS_2013_Program.pdf


Rhaeling Henderson (2013)  Completed M Sc. Speech Pathology,  U of Alberta

Senior's active singing vs passive listening in a musical theatre situation : cognitive impact.



Denise Beaton (2012) Completed M.A. in gerontology , U of Victoria

Senior's active singing vs passive listening in a musical theatre situation: Impact on well-being



Michael LeBlanc  (2012)

AIRS Test Battery: Cross-sectional study  (only lit review credits completed)

Current:  Graduate study in Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario


Sisi Pan  (2012) Department of Psychology, M. Sc work (incomplete) Dalhousie University

AIRS Test Battery:  Role of culture, language and personality in university students from China and Canada

Current:  Graduate study in Psychology,  Dalhousie University


Erica Ross (2012)  completed M. Sc.  Speech Pathology, University of Toronto:  Currently  Speech Pathologist Province of PEI

AIRS Test Battery - Cross-sectional study of creativity


Moira Shaw  (2012)  completed M. Sc  Speech Pathology,  North Dakota, Minot State University

Infant imitation of pitch in infancy

Current: Graduate Study in Speech Pathology,  Minot State University, North Dakota


Leah Stevenson (2012) completed M. Sc Speech Language Pathology, Dalhousie University, Halifax. 

Effects of cultural background and music training on performance on the AIRS Short Battery of Tests of Singing and Language



Former Honours Students  (please see section on Lab Alumni)


Chris Blanchard (first honours student in the UPEI Lab,  1994 - became Canada Research Chair)