Russ Powell

Associate Professor, Psychology

PhD (Alberta)

6-329F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Powell received his graduate training at the University of Alberta, with a focus on behaviour analysis. He has taught a variety of courses, including principles of learning, applications of learning, social psychology, personality and research methods. His present research interests include behaviour self-management, procrastination, and history of psychology.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Behaviour analysis

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching interests:

  • Behaviour analysis
  • Behaviour self-management

Current Research Interests:

  • Behavioural models of self-management
  • History of psychology

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Powell, R. A., Honey, P.L., & Symbaluk, D. G. (2017). Introduction to learning and behavior (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage.

Powell, R. A., & Schmaltz, R. M. (2017, July). Did Little Albert actually acquire a conditioned fear of animals? What the film evidence tells us. Paper presentation at the Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, BC.

Nielsen, T. A., & Powell, R. A. (2015). Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: Food and diet as instigators of bizarre and disturbing dreams. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:47.

Powell, R. A., & Digdon, D., Harris, B., & Smithson, C. (2014). Correcting the record on Watson, Rayner, and Little Albert. Albert Barger as “Psychology’s lost boy.” American Psychologist, 69, 600-611.

Nielsen, T. A., Powell, R. A., & Kuiken, D. (2013). Nightmare frequency is related to a propensity for mirror behaviors. Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 1181-1188.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Registered Psychologist, Alberta