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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
August 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Loomis

Dr. Colleen Loomis

Associate Dean: Student Services
Associate Professor, Psychology
Community Psychology Area Coordinator

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2426 (Dean's Office)
Other Phone: Ext. 2858 (Psychology)

Office Location: N1048 (Science Building)
Office Hours: By appointment only; call 2425 or email to book appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

(Honours), Psychology, University of Tulsa
MA, Human Services Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
PhD, Human Services Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Psychology, Stanford University Medical Center
Invited Senior Research Scientist, Psychology and Sciences of Education, University of Geneva


My research concerns the topic of community and education. Currently I am conducting studies on early childhood care and education in Canada, Madagascar, and Lao People's Democratic Republic, school- and community-based programs for girls in Canada, and psychological sense of community in France.

For example, in some of the studies I and my colleagues have led we have examined how communities support the relation between an individual and places of learning such as schools, adult education programs, alternative learning communities, and early childhood development programs such as Better Beginnings Better Futures. Having conducted research in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Lao, and Switzerland, I have published on psychological sense of community, early childhood development programs, service-learning in education, and related subjects, including self-help groups, gender and power, socioeconomic class, mentoring, and bilingual education (as it relates to the U.S.). In writing, conducting research, teaching, mentoring, and consulting I am engaged to facilitate, negotiate, and synthesize understandings among multiple stakeholders often those with diverse backgrounds and views.

For more details about my research click on the "research" link.

In addition to research and teaching I am Associate Dean: Student Services for the Faculty of Science.

Additional Information
Professional Mentoring Tips

Over prepare, then go with the flow.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

(2 of 45 tips written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland,Ohio)