Effective April 1, 2013, Dr. Cynthia Fekken joined the research portfolio as the Associate Vice-Principal (Research) for a five-year term. In this role, Dr. Fekken is responsible for implementation of the Strategic Research Plan, developing strategic faculty relationships, integrating strategy and operations within the VPR portfolio as well as acting as the designate of the Vice-Principal (Research).
Dr. Fekken joined the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) November 1, 2012 as the interim Associate Vice-Principal (Research) after eleven years of service as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Dr. Fekken, who holds a BA, MA and PhD in Psychology, all from Western University, joined Queen's University in 1983 and is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests focus on personality theory and psychological assessment, with recent work focusing on a malevolent set of subclinical personality traits known as the "Dark Triad." Dr. Fekken is also a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists and has consulted with a variety of professional, governmental and community organizations about psychological assessment systems.