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William Smythe

Professor, Department of Psychology
PhD, University of Toronto

Office: AH 343
Phone: 306.585.4219

Research interests
Foundational issues in theoretical psychology; narrative processes in human cognition; psychology of fiction; metaphor in psychology; personal mythology; common sense (folk) psychology; qualitative research ethics.

Dr. William Smythe is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Regina, where he has taught since 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he completed his Ph.D. in psychology, specializing in human cognition. Prior to coming to the University of Regina, he held academic appointments at the University of Alberta, where he was a Killam Scholar and Canada Research Fellow and was affiliated with the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Psychology. Currently a member of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology and of the Western Canadian Theoretical Psychologists, he is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Theory & Psychology and Canadian Psychology. He has published widely in the areas of theoretical psychology and human cognition and has edited two books on psychological theory: Toward a Psychology of Persons (1998, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) and (with Angelina Baydala) Studies of How the Mind Publicly Enfolds into Being (2004, Edwin Mellen Press). His research has long been directed at advancing psychology as a human science through establishing connections between psychology and the humanities. Current research projects include a study of the fictional character of psychological concepts in both theoretical and everyday discourse, psychological myths and metaphors, psychology and literature, qualitative research ethics, and issues of theoretical unity and pluralism in psychology.

Representative projects

Myth as a Psychological Concept. In W. E. Smythe & A. Baydala (Eds.), Studies of how the mind publicly enfolds into being (2004); On the Psychology of 'As If.' Theory & Psychology (in press.)