Laura J. Summerfeldt


M.A., Ph.D. (York University)

Office: DNA C120
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7526  



Research interests:

I have several areas of research interest, bridged by the common theme of personality and psychopathology, with particular focus upon obsessive-compulsive conditions and social anxiety. These include the following: 1) Personality dimensions and psychopathology in clinical and nonclinical populations, 2) Points of continuity (e.g., cognition, emotion regulation and competencies) across clinical and subclinical anxiety conditions and their associations with adaptive behaviour, 3) Models of heterogeneity of obsessive-compulsive disorders, and 4) Diathesis stress models of cause and perpetuation. A specific focus for me has been upon a particular feature of obsessive compulsive experience - the feeling that things are “not just right” - and its links with other psychological variables (i.e., aesthetic preferences, cognition, personality).


(On leave 2017 Fall Term)

PSYC 3300H-A WI PTBO:  Advanced Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 4310H-A WI PTBO:  Psychopathology


Selected publications:


Kloosterman, P. H., Summerfeldt, L. J., Parker.  J. D. A., & Holden, J. J. A. (in press). The obsessive-compulsive trait of incompleteness in parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.


Summerfeldt, L.J., Kloosterman, P.H., Antony, M.M., McCabe, R.E., & Parker, J.D.A. (2011). Emotional intelligence in social phobia and other anxiety disorders. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 69-78.


Summerfeldt, L.J., Kloosterman, P.H., Antony, M.M., & Parker, J.D.A. (2006). Social anxiety, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal adjustment. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 28(1), 57-68.


Summerfeldt, L.J. ( 2004). Understanding and treating incompleteness in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60, 1155-1168.