Steven Barnes, PhD


Steven Barnes


PhD, Psychology, University of British Columbia

Academic appointment

3M National Teaching Fellow
Associate Professor of Teaching | Director, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia


Steven J. Barnes, PhD (UBC) is the Associate Head, Undergraduate Affairs, for the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.   He is well-regarded for his work related to online learning technologies (e.g., the Tapestry Project; see, student mental health and wellbeing, and bipolar disorder (BD).  Steven co-directs the Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in BD (CREST.BD, see, a BD research and knowledge exchange network which received the 2018 CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Patient Engagement, Canada’s most prestigious recognition for patient engagement in research across all health disciplines.

Steven is a highly respected educator.  For example, he is the recipient of multiple institutional awards for his teaching, including the prestigious Killam Teaching Prize.  He is also the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the top national award given for teaching in any discipline in any postsecondary institution in Canada.  He is also an accomplished author, having published in the fields of epileptology, neurophysiology, student mental health, digital mental health, bipolar disorder, and behavioural neuroscience.  Most notably, he is the co-author of the foremost textbook for the field of behavioural neuroscience, Biopsychology 10th Edition (Pearson). Beyond being a prominent educator, researcher, and author, Steven is also an accomplished artist.  He has produced myriad stop-motion animations, interactive and electronic artworks, and digital, oil, and acrylic paintings.

What I do when I'm not working

Hanging out with my family and doing art projects with my daughter and her friends helps keep my life in balance.



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