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Queen's University

Cynthia Fekken


Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

B.A., University of Western Ontario, 1978
M.A., University of Western Ontario, 1980
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 1983

T: 613.533.2882  

359 Humphrey Hall
Psychology Department
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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Research Interests

My research has focused on structured personality assessment. In particular, I am interested in the accuracy of information obtained by the ever popular self report personality questionnaire. My past work has examined the process of responding to personality test items and how influences such as social desirability and person reliability can impact the validity of questionnaire responses. More recently, I have been examining the assumption that responses to behavioural items (such as "I smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day" or "I exercise three times week") are relatively more accurate than responses to the more traditional personality types ("I am conscientious").

Selected Publications

 Sivanathan, N. & Fekken, G.C. (2002). Emotional intelligence, moral reasoning and transformational leadership. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 23, 198-204.

Wasylkiw, L., & Fekken, G.C. (2002). Personality and self-reported health matching predictors and criteria. Personality and Individual Differences, 33, 607-620.

Fekken, G.C. (2000). Reliability. In A.E. Kazdin (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Psychology Vol. 7. American Psychological Association Washington, DC, pp30-34.

Hill, S.A., Fekken, G.C., & Bond, S.L. (2000). Factor structure integrity of the Personal Attributes Questionnaire An English-French comparison. Canadian Journal of Behaviour Science, 32, 1-9.

Fekken, G.C. (1999). The art and science of the conference presentation. Canadian Psychology, 40, 68-70.

Fekken, G.C., Holden, R.R., & Cotton, D.H.G. (1999). Person reliability of psychiatric patients' responses to a psychopathology inventory. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 55, 1299-1306.

Wasylkiw, L., & Fekken, G.C. (1999). The dimensionality of health behavior. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 14, 585-596.

Butcher, J.N., Fekken, G.C., & Taylor, J. (1998). Objective personality assessment with adults. In M. Hersen & A. Bellack (Series Ed.) & C.R. Reynolds (Vol. Ed.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology Vol. 3. Assessment. Oxford Elsevier, 403-429.

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