Dr. Saklofske is a Full Professor and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Education. He holds an Adjunct Professorship in the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, and was recently honored with a five-year visiting professorship from the Psychology Department at Beijing Normal University. He is a registered psychologist in Alberta and is very proud of being elected a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science as well as holding a black belt (sandan) in Shito-Ryu karate.
Much of his current teaching is in the School and Applied Child Psychology program, particularly in the areas of psychological assessment and the clinical supervision of graduate students in U-CAPES. He has also taught courses in the history of psychology and ethics. Prior to coming to the University of Calgary, he taught courses in learning, development, statistics and measurement, personality, cognition, and psychopathology. The scientist-practitioner model is incorporated into his courses on assessment, intervention planning, and prevention with a strong emphasis also on individual differences and positive psychology. He also frequently presents lectures and workshops at conferences and for various professional organizations and groups.
Much of his time is devoted to research that focuses on the study of individual differences with a particular emphasis on personality and intelligence, including emotional intelligence. These studies and resulting publications are theoretical and practical as well as correlational and experimental. The opportunity for cross-cultural studies has significantly broadened the scope of this research. Also, his recent research interests in emotional intelligence, including emotions and social cognition are motivated by the current emphasis on prevention, resiliency, psychological health, and building capacity.
Dr. Saklofske is active in various university committees as well as national and international psychology associations such as the Canadian Psychological Association, Canadian Association of School Psychologists, Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs, and the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He is the editor of two journals (Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, Canadian Journal of School Psychology), associate editor for Personality and Individual Differences, and a book series editor on Human Exceptionality. He frequently consults to Pearson on the development of intelligence tests including the Wechsler scales for children and adults.