James Cresswell, PhD, BA

James Cresswell Associate Professor of Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology
Phone:
+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 6904
Office Location:
L2107

Education

B.A. (Honours) Psychology: U of Saskatchewan 1999

Ph.D. Social & Cultural Psychology: U of Alberta 2010

 

Biography

James (Jim) Cresswell has a deep commitment to education and enhancing the student experience.  The kinds of courses he teaches include ones about culture, immigration, and identities in an increasingly globalizing world.  Courses such as social psychology and interpersonal communication also fit within his repertoire.  Other teaching areas include child psychology and human development.  He loves to have students involved in the research and welcomes inquiries from people interested in working with him.
 
Jim’s research interests draw on many sources ranging from cultural psychology to cognitive science and literary theory.  In the fall of 2017, his book on the challenge of studying religion comes out under the title ‘Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion’. He is also part of a large grant provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: a multiparty effort at describing the role faith-based organizations play in the resettlement of newcomers to Canada.  One area of ongoing research is developing theory about the relationship between mind and culture, which can lead to exciting reconsideration of psychology as an art as much as a science.

Recent Publications

Recent Conference Presentations

Recent Peer Reviewed Presentations

Cresswell, J., & Sullivan, P. (2017, August). Theorizing Experience: Bakhtin’s Carnival, Eros, & Social
Constructionism. Paper presented at the International Society for Theory and Psychology.  Tokyo, Japan.
 
Sullivan, P., & Cresswell, J. (2017, August). Memories infused with Eros: The organization of memory as a novel.
Paper presented at the International Society for Theory and Psychology.  Tokyo, Japan.
 
Cresswell, J. (2017, June). Domination, Fetish, and Care: Dialogicality in Community-Based Research with
Refugees. Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 78th Annual National Convention. Toronto, Ontario.
 
Howell, M. & Cresswell, J. (2017, June). Meeting the Challenge of Charting Community Development:
Opportunities
for Intervention & Prevention in a Faith-Based Settlement. Poster
presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 78th Annual National Convention. Toronto, Ontario.
 
Cresswell, J. (2015, June). How to Have a Cognitive Science of Religion that Addresses Cultural Realities.  Paper
presented at the International Society for Theory and Psychology.  Coventry, England.
 
Cresswell, J. (2015, June). On being good researchers: Virtue, sympathetic co-experience and polyphonic
unmasking. Paper presented at the International Society for Theory and Psychology.  Coventry, England.