The Department, the University, and the Greater Winnipeg community combine to provide excellent opportunities for both basic and applied research. In most areas of psychological interest, research opportunities are limited only by the creativity and initiative of the investigator.
The main facilities of the Department of Psychology are housed in the Duff Roblin Building. This modern fivestory, air conditioned building is directly linked by tunnels to the main university library, other Arts and Science departments, and the Psychological Service Centre, which is a mental health clinic operated by the Department's Clinical Psychology Training Program. The Department has approximately 37,000 square feet of space for offices, laboratories, and classrooms. Basic research facilities are housed in over 100 research rooms, which may be used individually or as suites of from two to five rooms. Laboratories are maintained for the study of psychobiology, sleep and dreams, biofeedback, physiological processes, avian behaviour, learning, and human information processing. To support these laboratories, the Department provides integrated animal care facilities and electronic workshops with appropriate technicians. Applied research is conducted at the Psychological Service Centre, which maintains a comprehensive computer-based management information system to provide an extensive data bank for clinical research, the St. Amant Centre, the Manitoba Developmental Centre at Portage La Prairie, the Health Sciences Centre, and at various other facilities within the University.
The University supports research by maintaining a modern Computer Centre with the latest computer equipment, statistical packages, and technical staff. Computer units for research are readily available at little or no cost to internal users, and Department students routinely use networked PCs in either the graduate or undergraduate computer laboratories in the Department to analyze data and prepare manuscripts. Other Faculties and Departments cooperate in research projects of joint relevance. The Faculty of Medicine, particularly the Department of Psychiatry, at the University's major teaching hospital in downtown Winnipeg provides opportunities to study diverse issues regarding illness and health care. Child study labs run by the Family Studies Department in the Faculty of Human Ecology are often used by psychologists for observational work with children.
As a seat of government and the largest city in Manitoba, Winnipeg has all the institutions, services, and populations one would expect. Good working relationships have been developed with government departments, schools, daycare centres, treatment facilities, social agencies, and other community settings. The Department and University have increasingly recognized the desirability of collaboration between University-based researchers and community settings in addressing important applied and basic research problems, and this collaboration is an important asset for staff and students.