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Queen's University

Leandre Fabrigar

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.

My primary research interests fall within the domain of attitude and persuasion research. These interests include the role of affect and cognition in persuasion, the causes and consequences of attitude strength, and the impact of attitude structure on susceptibility to persuasion and attitude-behavior consistency. Other research interests include the psychological mechanisms underlying social influence tactics, the impact of questionnaire design features (e.g., question order and question format) on the measurement of psychological constructs, and methodological issues in the application of statistical methods (e.g., factor analysis and structural equation modeling) to psychological research.


Megan Davidson


Megan A. Davidson, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at Queen’s University. Her primary research interest is broadly in the interrelationships between health psychology and clinical psychology, and in understanding psychological influences on health, illness, and responses to those states. Her dissertation research focuses on health risk, specifically on developing methods of increasing perceptions of risk and increasing the positive behaviours aimed at reducing that risk. Her masters research examined the relationships among psychodiagnostic measures used in the assessment of chronic pain. Additional research interests include the assessment and treatment of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).



Jay Wood


Jay is a doctoral candidate in the Social/Personality Psychology program at Queen’s University. The majority of his current interests involve investigating the impact of attitude strength on persuasion processes.  For example, while some attitudes are weak and malleable, others are much more deeply entrenched and are more difficult to change.  Understanding the properties that differentiate these weak and strong attitudes, the various conditions that determine an attitude’s strength, and the behavioural consequences of these processes form the core theme of his research program. Jay also completed a Master’s degree in at Queen’s and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology at the University of Regina.


Ronald Porter, M.Sc., Major (Retired)

Major Porter (Ret’d) enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1975 as a Gunner in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA). In July 1977 he was posted to Lahr, Germany, where he served with 1 RCHA and 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. He completed numerous NATO exercises and exchange positions with the British and German army, and carried the “C” Battery pendant to the summit (4061 metres/13,400 feet) of the Grand Paradiso in Italy. In 1988 Major Porter (Ret’d) was selected for officer training as a Personnel Selection Officer (PSO) and attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia. He graduated with distinction in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Military Leadership and Applied Psychology.

Following graduation Major Porter (Ret’d) served as a Personnel Selection Officer at Canadian Forces Base Calgary where, in addition to his primary duties which included psychological testing, second career assistance, and personnel assessment for in-service commissioning, occupation transfer and special employment, he was an active member of the Land Forces Western Area Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) team. As a member of the CISD team he was sent to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia in support of Canadian Forces units deployed on various United Nations’ missions. Additionally, he developed a “Repatriation Briefing” for deployed soldiers returning to Canada and later led a multi-disciplinary team in the development of a CISD training package.  

In 1997 Major Porter (Ret’d) was selected for post-graduate training at the University of Calgary and completed a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in June 1999. His master’s thesis research examined the use of frame-of-reference (FOR) training for the regular officer training program (ROTP) selection boards that increased both inter and intra-rater reliability. The FOR selection system was later adopted for all ROTP selection in the Canadian Forces. Upon graduation Major Porter (Ret’d) was posted to the Directorate of Human Resources Research and Evaluation as a research officer where he conducted and supervised research projects examining the use of personality measures in selection, Air Navigator and Naval Officer Assessment Board validation, and assessment centre development for the Military Police and Joint Task Force-2.  

Major Porter (Ret’d) arrived at the Royal Military College of Canada in July 2002, where he served as an assistant professor in the Military Psychology and Leadership Department. During his tenure at the Royal Military College Major Porter (Ret’d) developed a number of core and elective psychology courses (Introduction to Statistics, Social Psychology and Sport Psychology) for the new Psychology Major program. In addition to serving on various college committees (research ethics, timetable and information technology) he supervised and coached the college debate club. Major Porter retired from the Canadian Forces in March 2008 and is now attending Queen’s University where he is scheduled to complete his PhD in Social-Personality Psychology in July 2009.

Major Porter (Ret’d) current research interests include attitude measurement, personnel selection, performance appraisal and social influence. He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Midwestern Psychological Association.


Meghan Norris

Meghan is a Doctoral Candidate in the Social/Personality Psychology program.  During her undergraduate years at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax she developed an interest in attitudes and persuasion and came to Queen’s where she completed a Master’s degree examining the influence of information processing goals on attitude-memory.  She continues to explore attitude-memory effects, and is also currently conducting research on judgmental extremity, selective exposure and social influence techniques.  Meghan also enjoys teaching and has taught PSYC342: Social Influence, which is a third year undergraduate course. 



Shelly Paik

Shelly Paik was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Toronto, Canada. After completing her B.A. in psychology at the University of Waterloo, she began her graduate studies with Lee Fabrigar at Queen's University. Her master's thesis was entitled "Exploring the role of prior attitudes in resistance to persuasion" and completed in 2006. She studies attitudes and persuasion and is currently working on her PhD dissertation.


Maia Kredentser

I am from Winnipeg and completed my undergrad at the University of Manitoba . My master’s thesis research is examining how certain aspects of personality may influence the type of persuasive message one responds to best. I am also working on a project examining how vocal confidence affects persuasiveness of messages. In the future, I hope to get involved with health promotion and health policy, and making campaigns more effective in changing risk behaviours.


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