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CLINICAL
FACULTY MEMBER RESEARCH INTEREST OTHER AREA AFFILIATIONS

LYNNE ANGUS
(PhD York)

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Development of a narrative process model and research measure that addresses the contributions of narrative and emotion processes to effective psychotherapy. The role of autobiographical memory narratives to the etiology and treatment of depression.

HARVEY BROOKER
(PhD Indiana) (Adjunct Professor)

Assessment and dynamically-oriented psychotherapy. Ethics and professional issues.

JOHN EASTWOOD
(PhD Waterloo)

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Explores how the emotional state of an observer, and also the emotional significance of environmental information, influences the deployment of attention. Exploring the experience of boredom, and individual differences that impact on susceptibility to boredom. Focused on gaining a better understanding of basic psychological processes, as well as examining issues that relate more specifically to clinical psychology.

Clinical Developmental

KAREN FERGUS
(PhD York)

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Research focuses on the coping and adaptation processes of individuals affected by life threatening illness in general, and cancer specifically. A strong interest in intimate relationships and how couples adjust to illness, adversity, and loss. Employ qualitative methods in order to derive in-depth understanding of these experiences, These findings in turn inform the development of psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational interventions (individual, couple, group, and internet-based) intended to reduce distress and suffering associated with illness.

 

STEPHEN FLEMING
(PhD York)

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Adjustment to loss, particularly the grief of parents following the death of a child. Relationship between grief and trauma; reconstruction when someone we love dies; the role of counterfactual thinking in relieving suffering, preparing for the future, and enhancing the illusion of control in the aftermath of traumatic death.

Social and Personality

JOEL GOLDBERG
( PhD Waterloo )

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CBT for psychosis, EEG correlates of shyness and emotion perception in schizophrenia, smoking management and healthy lifestyles in schizophrenia, functional outcomes and 'recovery' in schizophrenia, development of a 'voices' questionnaire. Clinical assessment using personality and neuropsychological methods.

 

LESLIE S. GREENBERG (PhD York)

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Psychotherapy process and outcome research with a particular focus on identifying processes of change and relating these to outcome. Empirically supporting experiential therapy with a special focus on the treatment of depression. The role of emotion in therapy and constructivism in the generation of meaning. The development of the principles of a dilectical-constructivist emotion focused therapy for individuals and couples. Psychotherapy integration.

R. WALTER HEINRICHS (PhD Toronto)

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Clinical research focused on neuropsychological performance and functional outcome in schizophrenia. Interested in the use of neurocognitive data to enhance diagnostic validity, rehabilitation and the search for endophenotypes for the illness. Also has broader theoretical and historical interests in schizophrenia.

History and Theory of Psychology

JANE IRVINE
(DPhil Oxford)

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The study of the bio-behavioural mechanisms underlying the effects of negative emotions on the cardiovascular system with a specific focus on myocardial ischemia and cardiac arrhythmias. Cognitive-behaviour therapy for promoting health behaviour change (e.g., smoking sensation) and adaptation to illness (e.g., treatment of depression following an acute coronary event) Enhancing adherence to health behaviour change (e.g., smoking cessation, diet, exercise and medication adherence)

JOEL KATZ
(PhD McGill) (Canada Research Chair)

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Psychological, emotional, and biomedical factors involved in acute and chronic pain with a particular emphasis on (1) understanding the psychological and physiological processes and mechanisms involved in the transition of acute, time-limited pain to chronic, pathological pain; (2) identifying factors involved in the establishment and reactivation of pain memories after amputation (phantom limb pain) and other traumatic events; (3) pre-emptive analgesia and other preventive pharmacological interventions designed to minimize acute post-operative pain and to elucidate the mechanisms involved in post-operative sensitization; (4) developing pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions to minimize pain and stress in hospitalized infants; and (5) gender differences in acute post-operative pain and analgesic consumption.

Clinical Developmental

Social and Personality

JENNIFER MILLS
(PhD Toronto)

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Broad area of eating and its disorders from both a social/personality and a clinical psychology perspective. Factors that influence women to undertake or continue dieting, and psychological consequences of restrictive eating. Effects of exposure to thin media images on eating, mood and body image among female dieters and nondieters. Anxiety, perfectionism, possible selves, body image and social influences on eating.

Social and Personality

MYRIAM MONGRAIN
(PhD McGill)

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Vulnerability to depression including the personality styles of dependency and selfcriticism, and associated interpersonal behaviours. Transactional models of depression including the dynamics between vulnerable individuals and their social context. Resilience building in those vulnerable to depression is also a current focus.

Social and Personality

NORMAN PARK
(PhD Toronto)

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Investigates the cognitive and neuropsychological processes associated with perceiving, remembering, and performing goal-directed naturalistic actions. Has a particular interest in the roles of attention and memory. Based on this understanding develops and evaluates methods of neuropsychological rehabilitation of brain-injured individuals.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences

ALBERTA POS
(PhD York)

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Present research interests concern psychotherapy processes, emotional processing and the working alliance in particular, and the role they play in change during experiential treatment of depression. I am also exploring prototypical paths of emotional change that mark resolution of subtypes of depression, which would allow for more differential treatment of the disorder. A core interest in emotion processes in general, including nonverbal expressions of emotion, emotion regulation, interruption of emotional experience, and emotion typology. Other research interests are in the identification the client characteristics that reliably predict differential response to experiential psychotherapy

 

DAVID W. REID
(PhD Waterloo)

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Relationship Science: the integration of intrapsychic (cognitive) and interpersonal processes and how this natural integration can be used to facilitate therapeutic change. Applying complex systems theory to understand the functioning of individuals within relationships such as marriage/committed relationships, organizations and family. The role of psychology in understanding health issues.

Social and Personality

JILL B. RICH
(PhD Victoria)

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Primary research focus is on different aspects of memory processing (e.g., semantic memory, implicit memory, source memory, prospective memory) and cognition in healthy young individuals, normal aging, and mild cognitive impairment (a transitional stage between healthy aging and dementia) . Her clinical work involves neuropsychological assessment, particularly for differential diagnosis of dementia in geriatric populations.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences, Developmental Science

 

 

 

R. SHAYNA ROSENBAUM
(PhD Toronto)

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Studies the organization of different types of memory in the brain using cognitive, neuropsychological, and functional neuroimaging methods. Patient and fMRI studies of recent and remote memory; hippocampal and cortical contributions to episodic, semantic, and spatial memory; representation of theory of mind and the self in prefrontal and temporoparietal cortex.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences

SHAKE TOUKMANIAN
(PhD Utah) (Professor Emeritus)

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Analysis and evaluation of psychotherapy process; the differential effect of counsellor style of participation on client levels of perceptual processing; process evaluations of self-schema change; the role of culture in psychotherapy.

 

KRISTA TROBST
(PhD British Columbia)

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Application of structural models of personality (i.e., interpersonal circumplex and five-factor models of personality) to increasing understanding of mental, physical, and neuropsychological health processes and outcomes. How personality variables affect the physical and psychological problems to which one is most prone, how one copes with these problems, and how these variables affect outcomes. The role of social support processes and how these variables affect relationship satisfaction and the ability to establish and maintain satisfying relationships.

Social and Personality

GARY R. TURNER

(PhD University of Toronto)

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Neural correlates of higher cognitive (i.e. executive control) functions in normal ageing, brain injury and disease using neuroimaging methods; Neurorehabilitation interventions to enhance cognitive functioning in normal ageing and neurological populations; Integration of brain and behavioural measures in neuropsychological assessment.  

PETER WAXER
(PhD York)

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Multicultural counselling and psychotherapy with continued interest in nonverbal behaviour and communication.

 

HENNY A. WESTRA
(PhD Western Ontario)

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Individual and contextual determinants of engagement and disengagement in psychotherapy. Motivation for change and Motivational Interviewing as an adjunct to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or integrated with CBT in the management of anxiety disorders. How expectancies influence psychotherapy processes & outcomes. Relational predictors of help-seeking and detection of mood and anxiety disorders in primary care.

 

FACULTY FROM OTHER AREAS AFFILIATED WITH THE CLINICAL AREA
FACULTY MEMBER PRIMARY AREA AFFILIATION RESEARCH INTEREST

JAMES E. ALCOCK
(PhD McMaster
)

Social and Personality

Credulity, superstition, and belief systems.

JAMES M. BEBKO
(PhD York)

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Clinical, Developmental Science

Cognitive and attention skills in children with autism, developmental disabilities and children who are deaf. Roles of metacognition (awareness of self) and language proficiency (e.g., English or signed systems) in the cognitive development of these groups. Early identification; assessment methods; intervention effectiveness.

JENNIFER CONNOLLY
(PhD Concordia)

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Clinical, Developmental Science

Peer and romantic relationships in adolescence. Romance and sexuality in early adolescence; intimacy and autonomy development in adolescence romantic relationships; dating violence; school-based prevention of dating violence; peer and media influences on dating violence.

RAYMOND E. FANCHER
(PhD Harvard
)
(Professor Emeritus)

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History and Theory of Psychology

History of psychology and psychoanalysis; scientific biography; history and theory of intelligence testing.

GORDON L. FLETT
(PhD Toronto
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Social and Personality

The roles of trait perfectionism and perfectionistic self-presentation in personal adjustment, psychosocial functioning, and health problems. The associations among personality, coping, stress, and distress in adolescents, middleaged individuals, and the elderly.

LUCIA GAGLIESE
(PhD McGill)

 

The study of pain across the adult life span. Age differences in the mechanisms, assessment and treatment of postoperative and cancer pain and the role of psychosocial factors, such as distress, gender and cognitive impairment, in pain.

PAUL KOHN
(PhD Harvard
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(Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
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Social and Personality

Stress, adaptive coping, and health.

RICHARD N. LALONDE
(PhD Western Ontario
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Social and Personality

Social psychology of intergroup relations with a focus on issues of ethnic, cultural, and national identity. Responses to discrimination, immigrant acculturation, and bicultural identification.

DOUG McCANN
(PhD Western Ontario
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Social and Personality

Social information processing and socialcognitive models. Aspects of the self, depression, and interpersonal communication.

ROBERT T. MULLER
(PhD Michigan State)

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Clinical, Developmental Science

Child and adult survivors of abuse; effective models for the treatment of psychological trauma; understanding child and adult attachments to help guide appropriate interventions; the role of social support in recovery from abuse.

SANDRA W. PYKE
(PhD McGill
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(University Professor
) (Professor Emeritus)

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Social and Personality

The impact of a chilly climate on womens experience of graduate education; mentoring; history of the influence of feminism on Canadian psychology; violence against women, feminist methodology.

DAVID M. REGAN
(PhD DSc London)
(Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus) FRSC

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Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences

Human brain research. Visual psychophysics: spatial form vision, figure-ground, depth vision, motion, colour, spatial discriminations. Auditory psychophysics: AM and FM channels, auditory localization, speech perception. Human evoked potentials and magnetic brain responses (sensory), visual and auditory. Somatosensation. Application of visual and auditory psychophysics and brain recording to medicine (multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, glaucoma, amblyopia). Vision in aviation and driving. Eye movements.

ERIN C. ROSS
(PhD Western Ontario)

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Social and Personality

How psychologists conceptualize and research lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience. Stereotypes of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse survivors.

PAUL RITVO
(PhD California School of Professional Psychology)

 

Cognitive  behavioural therapy for chronic illness (particularly cancer) delivered via innovative methods (telephone counseling, manuals, website interaction); AIDS prevention in African youth (Uganda, Kenya); preventive oncology (cancer screening, dietary modification, exercise promotion); cross-cultural communication; vaccine delivery, acceptance, development; valuebased purchasing and incentive systems for physician performance.

ALEXANDRA RUTHERFORD
(PhD York
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History and Theory of Psychology

Feminist epistemology and historiography; history of women in psychology; diversity issues in psychology; history of behavioral psychology; B. F. Skinners system in science and culture; history of clinical psychology and psychological practices; oral history methods; critical and cultural history.

IRWIN SILVERMAN
(PhD Rochester)
(Professor Emeritus)

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Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences

Human ethology and evolutionary psychology.

FREDRIC WEIZMANN
(PhD Ohio State
) (Professor Emeritus)

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History and Theory of Psychology

History of child development and psychology, including the influence of eugenics and ideas of race. Normal and atypical development and the influence of evolutionary theory and biology on psychological models of development. Personality theory and its history. The conceptual and historical basis of classification and classificatory systems.

MAXINE GALLANDER WINTRE
(PhD York)

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Clinical, Developmental Science

Social and emotional development in ages ranging from preschoolers to adults. Social development in the areas of advice-seeking and consultant preferences, social support provision, and social relations with parents and peers. New scales tapping perceptions of reciprocity in relations with parents, spouses and coworkers are being examined for their clinical relevance. Emotional development in the relationship between emotion, cognition and emotion regulation.

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