Michele Moscicki

Assistant Professor, Psychology

PhD (Alberta)

6-323H, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Before joining the Psychology Department at MacEwan University in 2018, Dr. Michele Moscicki completed her PhD at the University of Alberta. Additionally, she taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta for 5 years before coming to MacEwan. She is interested in integrating her love of stress and teaching by examining how stress-coping interventions, and our perception of stressors, affect learning outcomes in students. Dr. Moscicki is also interested in areas of pedagogical research related to instructor-student rapport; student motivation; study, learning, and teaching strategies; metacognition; and the use of feedback.

Previously Dr. Moscicki has studied questions about the effects of stress on the brain and behaviour using a Central American fish, the convict cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) as a model species. She is interested in lab and field-based studies. She is also interested in studying both human and non-human animals. Through fish research, she has had the opportunity to earn her Adventure Diver SCUBA certification to study convict cichlids in their natural environment in a volcanic lake in Nicaragua.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Stress, pedagogy, stress coping, cortisol

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Moscicki's teaching and research interests are broad. She has taught courses in Introductory Psychology (both lecture-based and flipped classes), Behaviour Modification, Principles of Learning, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Behavioural Genetics. One of her favourite courses to teach is a special topics course on the Biology of Stress and Coping that combines her interest in stress, her love of teaching, and her desire to help people improve their stress-coping skills to live their best lives.

PSYC 104 - Introductory Psychology I
PSYC 105 - Introductory Psychology II
PSYC 307 - Health Psychology
PSYC 405 - Special Topics (Stress and Coping)

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Moscicki, M.K., & Hurd, P.L. (2017). Damage-induced alarm cues influence lateralized behaviour but not the relationship between behavioural and habenular asymmetry in convict cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciata). Animal Cognition, 20(3), 537-551. doi: 10.1007/s10071-017-1081-y

Moscicki, M.K., & Hurd, P.L. (2015). Sex, boldness, and stress experience affect convict cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) open field behaviour. Animal Behaviour, 107, 105-114. doi: org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.05.027

Moscicki, M.K., Reddon, A.R., & Hurd, P.L. (2011). Lateralized behaviour of a non-social cichlid fish (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) in a social and a non-social environment. Behavioral Processes, 88, 27-32. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2011.07.004

Moscicki, M.K., Hoeschele, M., Bloomfield, L.L., Modanu, M., Charrier, I., & Sturdy, C.B. (2011). Note types and coding in Parid vocalizations: The chick-a-dee call of the boreal chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129(5), 3327-3340. doi: 10.1121/1.3560925

Moscicki, M. K, Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C. B. (2010). Note types and coding in Parid vocalizations: The chick-a-dee call of the Mexican chickadee (Poecile sclateri). Acta Ornithologica, 45(2), 147–160. doi: org/10.3161/000164510X551282

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

Associate Dean of Learning and Innovation Besties (AD-LIB), University of Alberta (2018)
Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Alberta (2014, 2016)
Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral, NSERC (2009–2011)