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Deborah Kennett

I 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.

Recent newspaper articles, formal reports, journal articles, book chapters related to human health:

Kennett, D.J. (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.

Recent presentations 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 pain.
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.

Community services and other professional activities

Interim Director of the Institute for Health Studies
Advisory board member, Lakefield Extendicare
Central East Health Information Partnership (CEHIP) (Trent University Member, Council of Partners)

Courses taught

Applied Learning - PSYC323H
Advanced Topics Course on Models of Self-Control - PSYC443H
Health Psychology - PSYC343H

Research practicum topics

Deirdre Derby (FA2002)-The menopausal journey: Can doctors, media and society affect symptoms?
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 university students
Nick West (2000-2001) - The impact of learned resourcefulness and ego identity on student drinking behaviour.

Health related research grants

CIHR, internal operating grant (WI2003, $5000). Project: Menopause: the four dimensional health model and practitioner impact (In collaboration with Uwaya Erdmann, ND)

Current health-related interests

  • Predicting client success in self-management programs
  • Body image and lifestyle in normal weight women
  • Life experiences fostering learned resourcefulness skills
  • Understanding 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
  • Complimentary medicine: The psychological, emotional, social and health factors promoting its utilization and people's compliance with the treatment
  • Factors predicting residents' satisfaction of long term care facilities
  • The importance of exercise in promoting the well-being of elderly in long term care facilities
  • Menopause transition




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