Faculty

Ron Johnson

Professor Emeritis

Ken den Heyer

Professor Emeritis

Gary Brooks

Professor Emeritis

Dr. Kara Thompson

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: 
(902) 867-5338
Fax: 
(902) 867-5189
Building: 
Annex
Office: 
125
email: 
kdthomps@stfx.ca
Research Interests: 
Youth substance use and mental health.

Dr. Thompson’s research program focuses on youth substance use and mental health. She approaches her work from a combination of applied, population health, and developmental-contextual perspectives.

Dr. Karen Blair

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: 
(902) 867-5956
Fax: 
(902) 867-5189
Building: 
Annex
Office: 
24C
email: 
kblair@stfx.ca

Dr. Blair’s research examines the social determinants of health throughout the lifespan, specifically within the context of social relationships. Drawing on intersections between developmental, social, LGBTQ and health psychology, Dr. Blair’s work focuses on questions related to how individuals and their romantic relationships falter or thrive within broader social networks of friends, family and society at large. Relying on a variety of research methodologies (e.g., daily diaries, online survey, physiological measurements, longitudinal studies), Dr.

Dr. Lindsay Berrigan

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: 
(902) 867-5729
Fax: 
(902) 867-5189
Building: 
Annex
Office: 
125C
email: 
lberriga@stfx.ca

 Dr. Berrigan’s research addresses topics within the fields of neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. Her research aims to understand how cognitive processes (e.g., attention, learning and memory, executive functions) are affected in neurological populations. Dr. Berrigan also investigates physiological mechanisms underlying cognitive deficits using electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs).

Dr. Ted Wright

Professor of Psychology
Phone: 
(902) 867-2262
Fax: 
(902) 867-5189
Building: 
Annex
Office: 
128
email: 
twright@stfx.ca

Dr. Ted Wright's primary teaching interest is Social Psychology and his secondary interests are Applied and Abnormal Psychology. In terms of research interests, he has recently become interested in terror management theory, a new theory that posits that much social behaviour is directed toward maintaining faith in a cultural worldview and satisfying the standards of value prescribed by the worldview. He is also interested in a range of topics involving social cognition and depression.

Dr. Angela Weaver

Associate Professor of Psychology
Phone: 
(902) 867-5334
Fax: 
(902) 867-5189
Building: 
J. Bruce Brown Hall
Office: 
338
email: 
aweaver@stfx.ca

Dr. Weaver is a clinical psychologist. Her primary research interests are in the areas of human sexuality, clinical psychology, and positive psychology. Her teaching interests include Human Sexuality, Abnormal Psychology, and Positive Psychology.

Dr. Margo Watt

Professor of Psychology
Phone: 
(902) 867-5215
Fax: 
(902) 867-5189
Building: 
Annex
Office: 
12D
email: 
mwatt@stfx.ca

Dr. Watt is a Clinical Psychologist with a forensic background. Her clinical research interests include: anxiety sensitivity; anxiety- and related disorders; health and pain anxiety; brief cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT); physical exercise/sport and mental health. Her forensic research interests include: personality characteristics among particular offender populations (e.g., domestic violence perpetrators, women offenders); prediction of risk for violence and recidivism; stress among correctional staff. Dr. Watt currently teaches Abnormal Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

Dr. Ed Pencer (Retired 2013)

Professor of Psychology
Ph.D.
Phone: 
(902) 867-3928
Building: 
Annex
email: 
epencer@stfx.ca

I am a Registered Psychologist teaching in the Psychology Department of St. Francis Xavier University. I teach courses in Learning and Health Psychology. I also have a small private practice in which I specialize in helping people develop self regulatory skills enabling them to gain increased control over thoughts, feelings and behaviors.