Department of Psychology

Faculty and Staff

Dr. David Bourgeois

I was born in Waltham, MA and raised in Moncton, NB. Following high school, I attended l’Université de Moncton, where I specialized in Psychology. I then attended l’Université Laval in Québec City where I obtained a Master of Arts in Psychology in 1994. In 2002, I received my Ph.D in Social Psychology from the University of Maine.

Prior to joining the Psychology Department, I worked as a researcher for various non-profit agencies, including the United Way of Greater St. Louis (Missouri) and the Fédération de la jeunesse-canadienne française (Federation of French-Canadian Youth) in Ottawa. I currently volunteer with the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement.

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Dr. James Cameron

Jim Cameron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he has taught since 1999. He received his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in Social-Personality Psychology from York University in Toronto. Most of his previous and current research has in common a concern with social identity; that is, the contribution of various group memberships—including gender, nation, and organization—to the self. This research has had the dual purpose of (a) examining the nature of social identification from a multidimensional perspective; and (b) investigating the correlates and consequences of various facets of group identification, including intergroup attitudes, collective action, psychological well-being, nationalism, and internationalism.

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Dr. Steven Carroll

I joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary's University in 2012 as a full-time lecturer, though I've been teaching on-and-off, since 2006. I have a general interest in mathematical psychology, cognitive modelling, psychophysics, and measurement and scaling. I am particularly interested in mathematical and/or computer models of judgement and decision-making."

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Dr. Victor Catano

Dr. Victor M. Catano is a Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He obtained a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and went on to complete both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Psychology at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a registered psychologist in Nova Scotia and a member of the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia (HRANS). Dr. Catano joined the Saint Mary’s faculty following completion of his doctoral degree and was instrumental in establishing Saint Mary’s master’s and doctoral programs in industrial/organizational psychology. He has also served as a special lecturer at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University and as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit in Toronto. Dr. Catano has served as President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, a member of the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (the body responsible for regulating the profession within Nova Scotia), and President of the Canadian Society of Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. Dr. Catano also chaired the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations’ (CCHRA) Independent Board of Examiners, the agency that was responsible for developing and running the examinations and assessments that lead to the Certified Human Resources professional (CHRP) designation.

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Dr. Leanna Closson

Leanna received her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2011 and subsequently was a postdoctoral researcher at Carleton University. In 2012, Leanna joined the SMU Department of Psychology where she teaches courses in developmental psychology. Leanna’s research explores the social development of children and youth, with a focus on peer relationships. Some of the topics she studies include understanding the function and impact of peer group social status (e.g., popularity), social competence, aggression, and victimization.

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Dr. Nicole Conrad

Dr. Nicole Conrad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, where she has taught since 2005. She received her Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (2002). Most of her previous and current research relates to the broad area of reading acquisition. Within this broad area, her research focuses on how memory is involved in reading acquisition and skilled reading, how children acquire the linguistic and cognition information necessary to become skilled readers, and the nature of the beneficial relation between reading and spelling.

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Dr. Arla Day

Dr. Arla Day is a Canada Research Chair and Full Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary's University, and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Arla is a founding member of two research and community outreach centres: The CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and the Centre for Leadership Excellence. Arla chairs the Nova Scotia Psychological Healthy Workplace Program committee, and she is on the Steering Committee for the American Psychological Association’s Business of Practice Network, which oversees the state, provincial, and national healthy workplace awards and programs.

Dr. Day currently teaches graduate level courses in Psychometrics (test validation and development) and Organizational Psychology, and her past teaching has included Personnel Psychology, Statistics, and Introduction to Psychology.

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Dr. Maryanne Fisher

Dr. Maryanne Fisher (PhD 2004, York University) is also a member of the Women and Gender Studies program. Her primary research topic is the evolutionary foundations of human interpersonal relationships. She has a long standing interest in female intrasexual competition. Her other areas of study broadly include women’s mating strategies and indicators of female physical attractiveness.

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Dr. Mark Fleming

Dr. Mark Fleming is the CN Professor of Safety Culture. He received his Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Human Factors from Aberdeen University and his PhD in Psychology from The Robert Gordon University in Scotland. Mark is an applied psychologist with nearly 20 years of experience in industrial health and safety management in high hazard industries including the offshore oil and gas, nuclear power, petrochemical, power generation and construction. He is dedicated to developing practical and valid tools to assist organisations to prevent harm.

Currently, Dr. Fleming’s research includes investigating methods for measuring and improving safety culture, safety motivation, safety leadership and rail safety. He advises many Canadian and international organisations (e.g. International Atomic Energy Agency) on safety culture assessment and improvement. Through his work, Dr. Fleming hopes to provide best practice guidelines to industry and criteria for successful safety programs. He seeks to translate his work on safety culture into usable practices and guidelines by producing practical tools such as Changing Minds Guide and the Cultural Maturity Model.

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Dr. Lori Francis (Graduate Coordinator)

I joined the department psychology at Saint Mary's University as an assistant professor in 2002. I received a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph (2002). I have also studied at McMaster University (M.Sc., 1998) and St. Francis Xavier University (B.Sc. Honours, 1996). My research interests include occupational health and safety, organizational justice, and unions.My current organizational research interests can be grouped in three major categories. A brief description of each of these areas and examples of the work I am doing are provided below.

Occupational Health and Safety

I do research pertaining to well-being in the workplace, including workplace stress and strain and organizational stress prevention initiatives. I am currently involved in a funded three year longitudinal study of Nova Scotia employees and employers - examining such issues as prevalent stressors, the experience of stress, and the utility of existing intervention programs.

I am also involved in a number of collaborative projects in the area of worker safety. In these projects we are investigating the factors that impact the safety related attitudes that employees develop.

Organizational Justice

Another aspect of my research program examines factors related to fairness in the workplace. In particular, I consider the impact of unfair outcomes, procedures and treatment at work on various employee outcomes. I am currently most interested in the impact of injustice on employee health.


Along with a number of colleagues, I am involved in a line of research on unionism and protest behaviour. In this ongoing series of studies we are looking at the factors that predict of participation in protest activities (such as strikes).

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Dr. Debra Gilin Oore

Dr. Gilin-Oore is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist interested in what fosters productive/healthy versus unproductive/unhealthy conflict in the workplace. Her research focuses on organizational conflict, negotiation, and mediation, the implications of conflict for work stress and well-being, how personality and thinking styles influence conflict handling, inter- and intra- group conflict dynamics, and organizational change interventions.

Recent projects have examined the distinct operation of cognitive perspective-taking versus empathy in conflictual interactions, how to decrease incivility among workers in high-stress work environments (i.e., nursing) over the long-term, and how disrespectful work group norms can hasten the effects of work stressors on physical and mental employee strain. Debra has a strong interest in applying basic social psychological research to real organizational problems, and enjoy teaching, learning about, and using advanced statistical methodologies such as structural equations modeling and hierarchical linear modeling.

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Dr. Camilla Holmvall

Camilla received her Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2003 and joined Saint Mary's University in July of 2003. She is an Associate Professor with a cross-appointment between the departments of Psychology and Management. Her research primarily focuses on issues of organizational justice and interpersonal mistreatment in the workplace.

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Dr. Jason Ivanoff

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Dr. Kevin Kelloway

A native of New Waterford, NS. Kevin is a graduate of Dalhousie (B.Sc. Honours Psychology), Saint Mary’s (M.Sc. in Applied Psychology) and Queen’s (PhD in Organizational Psychology) universities. He currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology and is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. Kevin is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology. His research interests include leadership and occupational health psychology

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Dr. Lucie Kocum

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Dr. Robert Konopasky

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Dr. Marc Patry (Chairperson)

Marc Patry joined the Psychology Department at Saint Mary's University in 2005 and is beginning his first term as Chairperson starting in September 2013. His current research includes work on law and public policy, correctional psychology, and teaching and learning.

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Dr. Veronica Stinson

My research examines issues that intersect psychology and law. Specifically, I’m interested in the social cognitive factors that influence how people make decisions when they have to recall or recognize someone (for example, when someone witnesses a crime or accident), in the context of a police interview or interrogation, and in the context of a small group decision making task (for example, jury).

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Dr. Skye Stephens

Skye Stephens joined the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in 2016. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University and her predoctoral psychology internship at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. She has research and clinical interests in Clinical-Forensic Psychology. To date, her research has focused on sexual offending, specifically the role of atypical sexual interests in victim selection and sexual recidivism. Her other research interests are: paraphilias and hypersexuality in forensic and non-forensic populations; sexual violence prevention; criminal careers and desistance in those who have committed sexual offences; and the assessment and treatment of psychosis in forensic populations.

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Dr. Meg Ternes

Dr. Meg Ternes joined the Psychology Department at Saint Mary’s University in July 2014, after working for several years for the Correctional Service of Canada’s research branch. Meg completed her B.A. at St. Francis Xavier University in 2001, then went on to complete an M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2009) in Forensic Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include substance use and addiction, correctional psychology, credibility assessment, eyewitness memory, and investigative interviewing.

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