Thank you for your interest in the Kwantlen Psychology Student Journal (KPSJ). With the publication of our third annual issue, we are confident the journal has a solid foundation and will continue to serve as a showcase for the outstanding work of KPU Psychology students for years to come. At the same time, KPSJ continues to provide students with valuable experience as editors, reviewers, and authors. Of course, it is the countless hours of work by our dedicated student and faculty KPSJ team, and the rigorous scholarly work of the student authors, that make this publication possible.
In this third issue of KPSJ you will find outstanding work on a variety of topics, including memory and learning, persuasion, and sexuality and gender, as well as topical work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to explore the variety of empirical reports, analytical papers, and academic posters. All work published in KPSJ has undergone peer review by a student and a faculty member of the review team. All research involving human participants has approval from KPU’s Research Ethics Board. This year, we were fortunate to have a practicum student join our team. We would like to thank Ekjot Bhullar for his contributions to this issue. We hope that this experience will support his research as he moves forward in the field. Of course, instructors and faculty supervisors play a critical role in the students’ work. For all work completed for course requirements, we have opted to give acknowledgements to instructors for their important contributions; faculty members are only included as co-authors for honours theses and extracurricular research.
We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the KPU Open Education team, led by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, for their ongoing support. We also extend our sincere thanks to Karen Meijer-Kline, KPU Librarian, for her valuable support with the Online Journal System. In addition, we want to express appreciation to our colleagues in the Psychology Department for their strong support of this initiative. Finally, very special thanks go to Amanda Dumoulin, our first and only Journal Manager. It is fair to say that her tireless work, extensive expertise, and effective leadership have made publication of KPSJ possible.
We are very excited to bring you the work of yet another group of promising young scholars – the authors, and those behind the scenes. Many of these students will continue on in psychology, and we expect these are the first of many contributions they will make in the field. If you are a student, we hope you will be inspired to follow their lead and submit your work for publication in future issues of KPSJ.
Please enjoy this issue of KPSJ!
Arleigh J Reichl, PhD
Faculty Advisor, KPSJ