Personality and Health Psychology Laboratory
Reverend Michael Wm. MacGregor, Ph.D., R.D.Psych.


In general, my research can be thought of as falling into two main categories:  Personality and Health.   

Personality Research             
I am interested in all aspects of personality, however, most of my research in this area is related to defense mechanisms.  Defense mechanisms are unconscious processes that help people deal with stress, anxiety, conflict., etc.  The concept of defense mechanisms is perhaps one of the most significant contributions that psychoanalysis has made to empirical research.  Most of my current research focuses on defense mechanisms and their relation to other personality constructs and to both physical and mental health.  If you would like to read more about defense mechanisms and my research in this area click on the following link.
      Defense mechanism research summary  

Health Psychology Research             
In terms of health psychology my interests are again broad.  My current research has been focused on blood pressure and hypertension.  In particular, I am studying how personality factors such as anger and hostility and how they relate to blood pressure levels and hypertension.  If you would like to read more about my research in this area you can click on the following link.
      Anger, hostility, and health research summary  

Additional Research             
Although much of my research focuses on the above areas, I am involved in other areas of research.  Some of the other projects I have been involved in, or am currently collecting data for include:
      Premenstrual syndrome and mood
      Psychotherapeutic treatment of fibromyalgia
      The five factors of personality and defense mechanisms
      Diagnosis of eating disorders
      Body image
      Drive for muscularity
      Rape and rape myths
      Culture and its influence on diagnosis and treatment  

For a selected list of publications please see the following link:
      Selected publications  

Graduate Student Supervision             
My work with graduate students include:  Research supervision, thesis committee membership, dissertation committee membership, and comprehensive examination adviser.  For a list of these students visit the following link:
       Graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan  

Undergraduate Supervision             
The undergraduate students that I work with are typically honours students or research assistants in my laboratory.  For a list of these students, past and present, visit the following link:
      Undergraduate students at the University of Saskatchewan
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