Carla MacLean

BA (UVic), M.Sc. (SMU), PhD (UVic), Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SFU)
Phone: 604-599-3278
Voicemail: 9979
Surrey Office: Surrey Main 2881-5
Richmond Office: 2406

Dr. MacLean joined the Psychology Department as a faculty member in 2012. Prior to this, she was a SSHRC post-doctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University. In her research and my lectures, she pursues topics that apply social and cognitive theory to worlds outside the lab. For more about her background and interests you can find an interview with her here. She greatly enjoys working with students at KPU to develop original research and then supporting those students in sharing their findings broadly.



Courses taught

  • Psyc 1100 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
  • Psyc 1200 Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications
  • Psyc 2330 Social Psychology
  • Psyc 3451 Psychology and Law
  • Psyc 3950 Cognitive Ergonomics

Areas of Interest

Dr. MacLean's research explores factors that affect professional decision making and eyewitness recall for critical events (workplace and criminal). For her, compelling factors are the effects of context and motivation in the investigative process. She studies how factors such as expertise, stereotypes, environment, allegiances, or state affect decision making and recall. Her research considers topics such as confirmation bias/tunnel vision and investigative interviewing. 

Read a recent interview with Dr. MacLean in IOSH Magazine about bias in workplace investigation (Nov/Dec 2023): Side-Step the Confirmation Bias Trap

Contact Dr. Maclean  to discuss research! She supervises honours students and her students are highly successful at winning the Canadian Psychology Association (CPA) Research Award.  

Scholarly Work