Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Faculties > Humanities and Social Sciences > Psychology > Faculty > Raquel Faria Chapdelaine
Department: Psychology/Social Science
Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: DL A3140
Office Phone: (604) 777-6350
Education and Credentials
Academic and Professional Profile
My academic and professional endeavours are guided by two overarching principles. First, as an academic, I embrace the premise that education should challenge, transform, and enrich students’ pre-existing assumptions about social life. Post-secondary education should provide students with a completely new or deepened understanding of social reality. That is, my view is that education should be transformative, encouraging students to develop profound, different, richer, and more critical ways of understanding themselves, others, and the world they live in. Second, as an applied social psychologist, my philosophy is that valuable psychological theories are theories that can illuminate pressing social problems in today’s world and contribute to the enrichment of human experience. In other words, I embrace the positions that academic psychology cannot be divorced from the social reality and that scholars have a civic responsibility to contribute to well-being of their community.
My teaching concentrations are in the areas of social psychology and cultural psychology. In addition, in the past years, I have coordinated the Applied Psychology Service Learning program, as well as taught and supervised psychology B.A. students enrolled in this course.
For the past years, I have been studying the psychological correlates of authoritarianism. I am particularly interested in how parenting styles may influence the development of authoritarian tendencies in adults. In addition, I have explored how theories from the fields of social psychology and psychoanalysis can contribute to one’s understanding of the increasing levels of prejudice and racism that seem to be characteristic of our current times. As the coordinator and instructor for the Service Learning program, I have supervised students working in the areas of addictions, homelessness, human rights, cognitive disabilities, youth programming, child development, and early childhood education, to mention a few. Finally, I have been both a participant and presenter in the Summer Institute for Continental Philosophy at Douglas College. In this respect, I have been interested in examining the philosophical grounding of the work of post-positivist and constructionist psychologists.
Open to Supervising Honours Students for 2018-19: NO
Professional Affiliations and Community Service