Faculty Profile

Dr. John Sakaluk

Dr. John Sakaluk

Assistant Professor



Contact Information:

519-661-2111 ext. 87755
SSC 6312


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Research Areas


I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with a minor in Family and Child Studies), conducting my honours work under the supervision of Dr. Robin Milhausen. I then went to the University of Kansas, starting initially in Clinical Psychology, but ultimately completing my Ph.D. in Social Psychology (with a minor in Quantitative Psychology) working under the supervision of Dr. Monica Biernat. I then moved back to Canada to take SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Dr. Emily Impett. After a year, I then accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Victoria, and during my four years there, taught a number of undergraduate courses on human sexuality, and graduate courses on research methods and statistical modeling techniques. In the spring of 2020, I accepted an offer to return home to Ontario, to work in Western’s Department of Psychology.

As a core member of the Social, Personality, and Developmental Psychology area, I am interested in the development and application of psychometric measurement modeling techniques; I am particularly interested in the creation and evaluation of analytic tools to make forms of measurement modeling easier to use, and the use of psychometric techniques to understand group-based meanings of psychological concepts.

As an affiliated member of the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Area, meanwhile,  I am interested in using secondary data to evaluate literatures on psychological interventions, in terms of their impact, consistency, credibility, and inclusivity.