Sep 01 2017

Wahida Chowdhury

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Dr. Wahida Chowdhury

Citizenship: Canada



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  • Expert knowledge concerning cyber security (masters thesis) and information privacy (doctoral dissertation).
  • Eight years of experience managing research projects that included developing research proposals, performing literature reviews, designing surveys, interviews, and laboratory experiments, and conducting archival research.
  • Eight years of experience analyzing research results that included basic and advanced quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills including publications of research reports in journals and presentations at national and international conferences.
  • Excellent experience with Microsoft office suite (e.g. word and excel) and statistical software (e.g. SPSS and R).
  • Significant experience writing computer simulations of predictive behaviour models on R.



Doctor of Cognitive Science, Carleton University, Canada                                                      2017

Masters of Cognitive Science, Carleton University, Canada                                                   2013

ESSA summer school for computer simulation, University of Surrey, UK                          2011

Bachelors of Arts in psychology with distinction, Athabasca University, Canada             2010



  • Lecturer – Carleton University – September 1, 2017 to ongoing


  • Postdoctoral researcher – Ottawa University – September 1, 2017 to ongoing
  • Internship – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat                Fall 2016 – Winter 2017

Supervisor: Christopher Allison, Senior Advisor

Responsibilities: conducting research on past user experience (UX) testing as well as developing, and conducting the 2016 GCtools User Study.

  • Research – Department of National Defence                                              Winter 2016

Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Otis, Defence Scientist

Responsibilities: Conducting factor analyses on a large sample using SPSS and EQS, and authoring a research report.

  • Research – University of Ottawa                                                                         Fall 2014

Supervisor: Dr. Sylvain Chartier, Neuroscientist

Responsibilities: Simulating multiple cue probability learning, and authoring a research report.

  • Research – Carleton University                                                                    Winter 2014

Supervisor: Dr. Jim Davis, Cognitive Scientist

Responsibilities: Creating and conducting an online survey for testing the usability of a game, and authoring a research report.

  • Research – Carleton University                                                                       Fall 2013

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Patrick

Responsibilities: Creating and conducting an online survey of Americans and Canadians on privacy issues, and authoring a research report.

  • Research – Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Summer 2010 – 2011

Supervisor: Dr. Warren Thorngate, Social Psychologist

Responsibilities: Interviewed career counsellors, immigrants, persons with disabilities and seniors about the usability of job websites, and analyzed responses for a report to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

  • Teaching Assistantship – Carleton University          September 2011 to April 2017

Courses: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, Human Neuropsychology, and Emotion and Motivation.

Responsibilities: Addressing students’ issues, taking classes, developing and proctoring exams, and grading papers.



  • Chowdhury, W. (2015). Are Warnings from Online Users Effective? An Experimental Study of Malware Warnings Influencing Cyber Behaviour. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning (IJCBPL), 5(2), 45-60.
  • Chowdhury, W., Burt, C., Akkaoui, A., & Davies, J. (2015). Quanty: A computer game for eliciting the wisdom of the crowd. Computers in Human Behavior, 49, 213-219.
  • Thorngate, W., & Chowdhury, W. (2014). By the numbers: Track record, flawed reviews, journal space, and the fate of talented authors. In B. Kaminski & G. Koloch (Eds.), Advances in Social Simulation: Proceedings of the 9th conference of the European Social Simulation Association. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Chowdhury, W., & Thorngate, W. (2013). Take it or leave it: Cognitive rules for satisfying choices. In R. West & T. Stewart (eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, Ottawa: Carleton University.
  • Thorngate, W., Liu, J., and Chowdhury, W. (2011). The competition for attention and the evolution of science. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 14(4), 17.


Conference Presentations

  • Chowdhury, W. (July, 21-23, 2016). Why Privacy Matters: A Philosophical and Social Psychological Discussion of Public Reasoning. Paper presented at the 33rd international conference of North American Society for Social Philosophy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Chowdhury, W. (October 1-2, 2015). Science: What to Teach? Paper presented at the Science in Society knowledge community, University Center, Chicago, USA.
  • Thorngate, W., Chowdhury, W., Ma, C, Hamzavy, F., Rocca, C., Wallinger, P. (August 6-9, 2015). Matthew revisited: Track record and the social evils of a good reputation. In W. Thorngate (Chair), Rules of the Game: Fair Contests with Unfair Outcome. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Toronto, Canada.
  • Chowdhury, W., & Chartier, S. (May 14-15, 2015). How to predict: Cognitive Rules to Multiple Cue Probability Learning. Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of psychology outside the box, Ottawa University.
  • Chowdhury, W., & Thorngate, W. (June 13-15, 2013). Herding cats: allocating attention among multiple problems. Paper presented at The Canadian Psychological Association’s 74th Annual Convention, Québec City Convention Centre, Québec, Québec.
  • Chowdhury, W. (September 21-22, 2012). Reputation: a criterion for judging credibility. Paper presented at Curiosity and Serendipity: a Conference on Qualitative Research Methods, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.


Leadership and Volunteering

Qualified as a Social Scientist Professional at DND                                                                      2016

Doctoral fellow of Social Science and Humanities Research Council                                        2016

Manuscript reviewer for Academic journals                                                                 2013 – ongoing

Vice President Academic of ICS, Carleton University                                                       2012 – 2013

Interpreter for Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)       2010 – 2013


References available upon request