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Queen's University
 

Cynthia Fekken

 Cynthia Fekken

Professor
Associate Vice Principal (Research)


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  
E: fekkenc@queensu.ca

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

 
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Research Interests

Dr. Fekken obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1978), Master of Arts (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She joined Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1983 and has since become a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology. Since 2001, Dr. Fekken has held a variety of administrative positions at Queen’s University. She is currently an Associate Vice Principal (Research).

Dr. Fekken's research interests focus on personality theory and psychological assessment. She has published numerous book chapters and empirical papers in refereed journals.  Her recent work has evaluated the subclinical aspects of personality known as the “Dark Triad”. Much of her research has evaluated the degree to which people's questionnaire responses can be trusted. Dr. Fekken has been a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists since 1989 and has consulted about psychological assessment issues with numerous professional, governmental and community organizations
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Selected Papers and Abstracts

Stead, R. & Fekken, G. C. The central role of Agreeableness in the Dark Triad. Submitted for publication.

Criger, B., & Fekken, G. C. Attitudes toward self-enhancement via  smart drugs. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Vancouver, June 2014. Canadian Psychology, 55, 2a, p. 57 #32.

Plouffe, R., & Fekken, G. C. Effects of sanctions on academic dishonesty. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Vancouver, June 2014. Canadian Psychology, 55, 2a, p. 62 #87.

Stead, R., Plouffe, R., Kay, A., & Fekken, G. C. The Dark Triad of personality and social desirability: Lying to oneself or lying to other people? Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Vancouver, June 2014. Canadian Psychology, 55, 2a, p. 63 #98.

Bryan, A., & Fekken, G. C. (2013). The role of the Dark Triad and specific personality traits in academic integrity. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Quebec City, June 2013. Canadian Psychology, 54, 2a, p.115 #19.

Criger, B., & Fekken, G. C. (2013). Factor congruence in essentialist conceptions of human nature. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Quebec City, June 2013. Canadian Psychology, 54, 2a, p.115 #25.

Stead, R., & Fekken, G. C. (2013). The central role of Agreeableness in the Dark Triad. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Quebec City, June 2013. Canadian Psychology, 54, 2a, p.122 #104.

Criger, B. & Fekken. G. C. (2013). Human germline engineering: A study of attitudes among Canadian university students and the American public. International Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(8), 148-159.
 
Stead, R., Fekken, G. C., Kay, A., & McDermott, K. (2012). Conceptualizing the Dark Triad of personality: Links to social symptomatology. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(8), 1023-1028.

Stead, R., McIntyre, M. & Fekken, G. C. (2012). Academic integrity in university: The role of personality traits and motivation. Canadian Psychology, 53, 2a.

Wong, P. B. Y., Van Coeverden De Groot, P., Fekken, G. C., Smith, H., Pages, M., & Boag, P. T. (2011).  Interpretations of polar bear (Ursus maritimus) tracks by Inuit hunters: Inter-rater reliability and inferences concerning accuracy. Canadian Field Naturalist, 125, 1-14.


Selected Presentations

Fonberg, J. & Fekken, G. C. (July, 2013).  Predicting life satisfaction from positive and negative personality traits. Paper presented at the European Psychology Congress, Stockholm.

Fekken, G. C. (May, 2013).  Creating a university culture of integrity. Invited Address at the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) Conference, Brandon, MB

Fekken, G. C. & Horton, J. H. (February, 2013). The role of personality in creating cultural change.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Centre for Academic Integrity, San Antonio, Texas.

Criger, B., & Fekken, G. C. (January, 2013). Attitudes towards germline engineering. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans.

Stead, R. & Fekken, G. C. (January, 2013).  Early risk factors for developing the Dark Triad personality. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans.

Criger, B., & Fekken, G.C. (August, 2012). Individual differences in attitudes towards germline engineering.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Orlando.

Fekken, G.C., Holden, R.R., McNeill, B., & Wong, J. (July, 2012). Faking self- reported health behavior. Paper presented at the International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa. Abstract No.: 5095

Wong, P. B. Y, Van Coeverden de Groot, P., Kamookak, L., Fekken, G. C., Smith, H., Pages, M. &  Boag, P.  (April, 2012). Inuit, footprints, and telomeres: An integrative approach to estimating polar bear characteristics.  Paper accepted for presentation at the International Year Polar Conference, Montreal.

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