Steve Joordens, PhD

Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto

Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Department of Psychology

Relevant Affiliations: Director of the Advanced Learning Technology Lab, University of Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Consciousness, Memory, & Attention

Education: PhD in Psychology, University of Waterloo


Steve Joordens is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he has taught since 1995. He earned a doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Waterloo. Honored repeatedly as both teacher and researcher, Professor Joordens research is on the cutting edge of the application of technology to improve assessments in students and to improve writing and critical thinking. He is also an expert and leader in the field of memory and attention.

He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, where he consistently earns best in session honors. In addition to publishing many articles on human memory, consciousness, and attention in empirical and theoretical psychology journals, Professor Joordens earned both the Premier’s Research Excellence Award and the National Technology Innovation Award-the latter for the creation of an Internet-based educational platform that supports the development of critical thinking and clear communication skills in any size classroom.

His teaching skills have also earned him repeated honors, including the President’s Teaching Award, his university’s highest teaching honor; the Scarborough College Students’ Union Best Professor Award; a provincially sponsored Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award; and four nominations for Television Ontario’s Best Lecturer Competition, which include two Top 10 finishes.

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