Marcia Spetch is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. She obtained her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1982, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego and a position as Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University prior to taking a position at the University of Alberta in 1987. Her area of expertise is Comparative Cognition with a focus on Spatial Cognition and Risky Decision Processes. She has received uninterrupted grant support throughout her career from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Her more recent research on the role of biased memory processes on risky decision making is also funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. She has published well over 100 research articles and several book chapters. She is a past president of the Comparative Cognition Society, a fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science, and co-editor of Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews. She has supervised numerous undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, including some who have continued on to faculty positions. She has collaborated with numerous researchers from Canada, USA, UK and Australia.