hold a B.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the Faculty of Health Science
at McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario. I am currently a Professor
with the Department of Psychology and Interim Director of the Institute
for Health Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. My
research and professional interests focus on health prevention and
promotion, complimentary alternative medicine, coping strategies,
school and work transitions; with special emphasis on program development
to promote personal achievement and well-being, and on the personal
and social factors influencing lifestyle practices. Recent publications
and current research initiatives include topics on: menopause; student
drinking behaviours; dealing with academic success and failure; body
image and lifestyle practices, smoking cessation; healthy approaches
to weight control; helping disadvantaged youth attain and maintain
employment; and complimentary medicine - its attraction and program
compliance. As Interim Director of the Institute for Health Studies
at Trent University, one of my foremost aims is to foster greater
communication among health researchers and practitioners in hopes
of amalgamating key research findings to real-world applications.
articles, formal reports, journal articles, book chapters related
to human health:
(2002). Mercury rising from more than just fish. In: View from Trent,
The Examiner/Friday, November 1.
Kennett, D.J. (2003). Lakefield Extendicare resident satisfaction survey -
Fall 2002. Formal Report submitted to the Extendicare Corporation.
Kennett, D.J., Morris, R. & Bangs, A.M. (in review). Learned resourcefulness
and smoking cessation revisited.
Kennett, D.J. & Pettis, A. (2001). The impact of learned resourcefulness
on university adjustment and student drinking behaviours. In D. J. Kennett & A.
Young (Eds.), STATISTICA 5.1/5.5 made easy: an overview of data management
and statistical procedures (pp.168-198). Peterborough, ON: Trent University.
Kennett, D.J. & van Gulick, C. (2001). Dealing with academic success and
failure: the association between learned resourcefulness, explanatory style,
reported grades and sharing experiences with academic self-control. In D.J.
Kennett & A. Young (Eds.). Notes on applied statistical methods in psychology
integrating STATISTICA software (pp.341-373) Peterborough, ON: Trent University.
Kennett, D.J., & Nisbet, C. (1998). The influence of body mass index and
learned resourcefulness on body image and lifestyle practices. Patient Education
and Counseling, 33, 1-12.
Kennett, D.J., & Ackerman, M. (1995). The importance of learned resourcefulness
to weight loss and early success during maintenance: Preliminary Evidence.
Patient Education and Counseling, 25, 197- 203.
related to human health
WI 2003 Extendicare
Lakefield, Invited lecture. Title: Results of Lakefield Extendicare's
resident satisfaction survey, Fall 2002.
WI 2003 Trent University, Institute for Health Studies: First Annual Health
Studies Day. Title: Learned resourcefulness and successful management of chronic
FA 2002 Ryerson Polytechnic University, Department of Psychology. Title: The
importance of learned resourcefulness in facilitating lifestyle changes and
health promotion among young adults.
WI 2002 Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Mental Health Services Rounds.
Title: Factors facilitating lifestyle changes and health promotion.
FA 1996 The University of Western Ontario, Department of Occupational Therapy,
London, Ontario. Title: From clinical irritation to a program of research:
Goal attainment, self- efficacy and learned resourcefulness.
FA 1996 Trent University. Social Science Research Day. Title: Predicting perseverance
and goal attainment in self-management programs.
FA 1994 Kawartha Lakes Psychological Association. Peterborough, Ontario. Title:
Predicting client success in self-management programs.
and other professional activities
of the Institute for Health Studies
Advisory board member, Lakefield Extendicare
Central East Health Information Partnership (CEHIP) (Trent University Member,
Council of Partners)
Advanced Topics Course on Models of Self-Control - PSYC443H
Health Psychology - PSYC343H
(FA2002)-The menopausal journey: Can doctors, media and society affect
Stacyan Morant (WI2003) -Resident, family member and staff satisfaction with
Extendicare's Long Term Care facility
Cherry Harford (FA2000)- Lifestyle practices among university students
Amanda Jarvis (WI2001) -Factors discriminating successful vs. unsuccessful
smoking cessation among university students
Undergraduate thesis topics
Sandra Ward (2001-2002) - Learned resourcefulness and self-control: successful
management of chronic pain.
Kylie Campbell (2001-2002) - Factors predicting dropout of girls' homes: the
importance of learned resourcefulness.
Heidi Klett (2001-2002) - Do both individuals in a relationship need to be
resourceful for it to work?
Angela Au (2000-2001) - The impact of learned resourcefulness on university
adjustment and student retention among International, Canadian Minority and
Canadian Non-Minority students
Darla Clark (2000-2001) - Variables influencing the sexual behaviour of female
Nick West (2000-2001) - The impact of learned resourcefulness and ego identity
on student drinking behaviour.
operating grant (WI2003, $5000). Project: Menopause: the four dimensional
health model and practitioner impact (In collaboration with Uwaya
client success in self-management programs
- Body image
and lifestyle in normal weight women
- Life experiences
fostering learned resourcefulness skills
people's explanatory style for success and failure
- Factors promoting
lifestyle changes in young people
- Factors promoting
young people to take charge of their health
medicine: The psychological, emotional, social and health factors
promoting its utilization and people's compliance with the treatment
predicting residents' satisfaction of long term care facilities
importance of exercise in promoting the well-being of elderly
in long term care facilities
- Menopause transition