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Leandre R. Fabrigar, Professor
Department of Psychology, Queen's University
62 Arch Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Canada
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Leandre FabrigarLeandre Fabrigar

Academic Background

A.A., University of Maryland, Munich Branch Campus, Munich, Federal Republic of Germany, 1986.
B.A., Psychology. Miami University, Oxford OH, 1988.
M.A., Psychology. The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, 1991.
Ph.D., Psychology. The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, 1995.

Research Interests

Dr. Fabrigar’s primary research interests fall within the domain of attitude and persuasion research. Within this domain, his research has investigated the effects of attitude structure and social context in regulating the susceptibility of attitudes to persuasion and the impact of attitudes on behavior, judgment, and information processing.  His research has also explored methods of measuring attitudes and their underlying structural properties.  Other research interests include the psychological mechanisms underlying social influence tactics, the relationship between personality traits and the self, the role of attachment style in relationship processes, and methodological issues in the application of statistical methods (e.g., factor analysis and structural equation modeling) to psychological research.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Elected to the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, 2002.
  • Elected to the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, 2003.
  • Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, 2009.
  • Fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association, 2013.
  • Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2015.
  • Fellow for the Association for Psychological Science, 2015.
  • Winner of the Frank Knox Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1999.
  • Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 2005.
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 2007, 2012, 2015.

Professional Service

  • Consulting Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1998, 2000-2004
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2006-2015
  • Consulting Editor, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2006-2016
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2003-2005
  • Co-Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2013-2016
  • Panel Member, Psychosocial Sociocultural, and Behavioural Determinants of Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2004-2006
  • Panel Member, Insight Development Grant Committee, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2014

Joshua GuyerJoshua Guyer

Prior to pursuing a career in psychology, I was largely focused on developing my abilities as a concert pianist and composer of both solo and multi-instrument works in the baroque, classical and romantic styles. I regularly performed in competitions and taught piano for many years before moving to Switzerland to attend a conservatory. After returning to Canada, I decided to shift focus to psychology while also pursuing various business interests. In that vein, I founded a successful painting and finishing company with nearly 20 employees while completing my undergraduate degree in psychology. After completing a bachelor’s degree (honours) in psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, I made the transition to Ontario to begin the graduate program in psychology at Queen’s University. After completing a master’s degree in 2012, I moved on to the PhD program, which I am scheduled to complete in the summer of 2016. Broadly speaking, my research interests lie within the domain of attitudes and persuasion. More specifically, I am engaged in several lines of research that explore how different aspects of voice affect attitude change. My primary line of research explores the mechanisms by which different qualities of voice that reflect speaker confidence (e.g., rate of speech, intonation, pitch) influence the success of a persuasive appeal under a variety of different conditions. Another ongoing line of research investigates how different emotional qualities of voice (e.g., fear, excitement, boredom, contentment, etc.) impact attitude change and the mechanisms that explain why these effects occur. Further research projects focus on various aspects involved in social influence, such as scarcity, authority, and social proof.

Matthew KanMatthew Kan

Matthew is a master’s candidate in the Social/Personality Psychology program and completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Queen’s University as well. Matthew’s research interest is in the area of attitudes and persuasion. Currently, he is working on a couple of research projects. One set of studies investigates the effect of subjective and objective working knowledge on information processing and persuasion. Another set of studies Matthew is working on involves the effects of level of representation on attitudes. Outside of research, Matthew enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and TV shows, and playing video games.

Thomas Vaughan-JohnstonThomas Vaughan-Johnston

I am currently going into MSc-2 in the Social-Personality psychology program at Queen's University. It's a bit of an adventure coming out to Kingston, as I spent most of my life in Edmonton, Alberta, where I completed an honours degree in psychology. I had an unusual undergraduate program, involving a full-year internship working at Alberta Hospital Edmonton in forensic psychology. However, my primary interest has been in social psychology, where I have had the opportunity to study topics varying from relationship conflicts, the behavioural effects of priming people with religious words, and attitude bases (whether we like/dislike things for rational, versus emotional reasons). Graduate-level academics really fits my working style, and I'm looking forward to continuing my Queen's adventure along with the amazing team of the FAB lab!

Andrew Nguyen - Photo not availableAndrew Nguyen

Andrew is a nomad who has spent the better part of his life in various locations. Exposure to concepts in persuasion during his time spent at the University of Ottawa ignited a spark within him that would drive him to pursue graduate work in this area. He currently spends his time searching for evidence backing a global framework of attitude importance, as well as conducting other research within the realms of persuasion and attitudes.




Jenalee DymondJenalee Dymond

Jenalee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in psychology at Queen's University in 2012. In addition, she completed her Bachelor of Education in 2013. Jenalee has been a member of the Fab Lab team since 2010 and is currently the lab manager. She is a collaborator on several research projects, including those which investigate the reciprocity norm and explore the impact of attitude congruency on memory.