Steve Charlton

Position: Instructor

Department: Psychology/Social Science

Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: NW N3426

Office Phone: (604) 527-5823


Education and Credentials:

  • Ph.D., 1991, Psychology, Experimental Program, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
  • M.A., 1984, Psychology, Experimental Program, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
  • B.A., Honours, 1978, Psychology, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON

Academic and Professional Profile:

As a graduate student I developed a keen interest in teaching and taught university level courses in a number of diverse settings such as a First Nations village in northern British Columbia and a maximum security prison. I was also a Psychology Lab assistant at Douglas in the mid 1980s. In the 32 years I have taught, I have been actively involved in a number of teaching related activities including the publication of teaching related journal articles and book chapters, creation of test banks, computer programs, a study guide and guest editor of a teaching journal. I am also on the editorial board for three teaching related journals (Psychology Teaching Review, Psychology, Learning and Teaching, and Frontiers and Education: Educational Psychology), and a committee member and past secretary general of the International Council of Psychology Educators. I am also involved in the planning committee of three different international conferences on the teaching of psychology. Of these, the main one I am involved with is the Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology which I founded in 2007 and still organize today. Over the years I have had a number of research interests, publishing and presenting at international conferences on teaching, critical thinking, hemispheric specialization, face identification, and creativity.

Teaching Concentrations:

I am currently teaching introductory psychology and cognitive psychology. I have also taught critical thinking and pseudoscience, law and psychology, perception, social psychology, consumer psychology, research methods, consciousness, biopsychology, and memory.

Open to Supervising Honours Students for 2021-22: YES

Selected Publications:

Charlton, S., Ryder, K., and Taylor, J. (2016) Introduction to the special issue: Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Psychology, Learning and Teaching

Charlton, S. and Lymburner, J. (2011) Fostering psychologically literate citizens: A Canadian perspective. In J. Cranney and D. Dunn (Eds.) Educating the Psychologically Literate Citizen: Global Perspectives. Oxford University Press

Hamilton, K., Charlton, S., and Elmes, R. (2008) Developing a four-year baccalaureate degree in applied psychology: Experiences in degree development at a former two-year postsecondary institution. Planning For Higher Education, 36, 23-32.

Charlton, S. (1998). Testing sense of smell with scratch and sniff. In Activities Handbook for the Teaching of Psychology,(Ed.) Ludy Benjamin, American Psychological Association: New York

Moretti, M., Charlton, S. and Taylor, S. (1996). The effects of hemispheric asymmetries and depression on the perception of emotion. Brain and Cognition, 32, 67-82.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Charlton, S. If it quacks like a duck: Understanding Science Versus Pseudoscience. Edulearn Conference, Barcelona, Spain, July 4-6, 2016.

Charlton, S. Psychology in Canada. Invited Talk, ICOPE Conference, Flagstaff Arizona, Aug. 3-5, 2014

Charlton, S. Striving to become psychologically literate citizens: Understanding science versus pseudoscience, ICOPE Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona, Aug. 3-5, 2014.

Charlton, S. Teaching critical thinking to graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate Psychology Skills Australia Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 6-7, 2014

Charlton, S. Living in a 3-D world: Teaching about depth perception with hands-on activities, Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, July 25-27, 2013.

Charlton, S. Should we run from coconuts: Teaching about critical thinking and pseudoscience. Europlat Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, June 28-30, 2012

Charlton, S. Passport identification of children and infants. Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia, April 8-10, 2010.