Peter McLeod
On Vacation; P.E.I.

Professor Emeritus

Email address:
 (902) 585-1589
Office location: 319 Horton Hall

Classes taught:  Since I arrived at Acadia, I have been teaching one or both of the Second Year Research design and Analyses courses.  Most recently, however, I have been teaching Developmental Psychology (Psyc 2153).  In 2011, I am scheduled to also teach Psychology of gender (Psyc 2163).   



B.Sc. (Biology), Mount Allison University
M.Sc.(Experiemental Psychology), Memorial University
Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology), Dalhousie University
Killam Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Psychology), University of British Columbia 



I have always been interested in a wide variety of areas within Psychology and Biopsychology.  My current research interests invovle decision making with a focus on medically relevant choices people make.  I am also currently collaborating with Dr. Brian Wilson (Biology) on a student led project (Jeff Beardsall) that examines stress responses in Zebra fish.  Past research questions my students and I have looked at include: How do humans evaluate contingencies and judge the degree to which they are in control of events? How might this relate to physiological responses to stress? What are the likely developmental causes of individual differences in control perception, stress responses, and symptoms of depression and anxiety? I have also collaborated with others (including Dr. Lisa Price) on a Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) funded project examining the prevalence and prevention of depression among undergraduate students. The health and wellbeing of undergraduates continues to be of personal and prfessional interest.


Supervised students' names appear in bold

  1. Johnson, C.S., McLeod, P.J., Sharpe, D., Johnston, E.M. (2008). Differences among core dimensions of the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D) Scale across age and gender groups . Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 27 (1), 79-91.
  2. Price, E.L., McLeod, P. J., Gleich, S. S., & Hand, D. (2006) One-year prevalence rates of major depressive disorder in first-year university students. Can. J. Counselling, 40 (2), 68-81.
  3.  Price, E. L., McLeod, P. J., & Gleich, S. S. (2005).  Identifying and preventing depression in students.  Communiqué, 5(2), 22-23.
  4. Johnston, E., Johnson, S., McLeod, P., & Johnston, M. (2004) The Relation of Body Mass Index to Depressive Symptoms. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 95(3), 179-183.
  5. McLeod, P.J., Moger, W.H., Ryon, C.J., Gadbois, S., & Fentress, 1996. The relation between urinary cortisol levels and social behaviour in captive timber wolves. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 74(2), 209-216.
  6. McLeod, P.J., & Watt, M. (1996). How are base rates used? Interactive and group effects. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 19, 35-36.
  7. Fuller, M., & McLeod, P.J. (1995). Judgements of control over a contingently responsive animation by students with and without learning disabilities. Canadain Journal of Behavioural Science, 27(2), 171-186.

Recently Supervised Students

Honours Students

Law, A. (2013) - Mapping the Mental Health Needs of Acadia University Students

Beardsall, J. (2011) - Behavioural and Physiological Responses to Alarm Pheromone in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Bazak, S. (2010) - Informed Medical Decision Making by Example of the Gardasil® Vaccination Program in Canada. B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) Acadia University.

MacRae, M. (2009) - The Relationship Between a Self Reported Major Stressor and Stress-Related Growth: Examining Coping as a Mediator. B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) Acadia University.

Turner, H. (2008) - The Relation Between Acculturative Stress, Depression, and Somatization Over Time in International Students. B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) Acadia University.

McCarthy, E. (2008) - Accuracy of Self-Report Measures of Coping: Relations Among Three Popular Coping Measures and Observed Behaviour. B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) Acadia University.

Fraser, L. (2007) - Variables Influencing Physiological Responsiveness to Stress.  B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) Acadia University.

Harvey, S.-B. (2006) - Potential Predictors of Quality of Life in Long-Term Care Facilities:  Taking a Closer Look at Depression, Locus of Control, and Dietary Change. B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) Acadia University. (Co-supervised with Dr. S. Johnson)

Frost, T. (2006) - Psychological Barriers to Seeking Preventative Health Care. B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) Acadia University.

Travers, K. (2006) - Stress, Personality, Coping, and Mood:  A Correlational Analysis. B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) Acadia University.

Graduate Students

Warner, J. (2011) - Condom Use and Associated Variables in a University Population. M.Sc. (Psychology) Acadia University.

O’Regan, A.-E. (2009).  Social Support, Stress, and Cognitive Coping Strategies as Predictors of Anxiety and Depression During the Transition to University. M.Sc. (Psychology) Acadia University.

Phillips, M. (2007).  Humour and Coping: Predicting Psychological and Physiological Well being. M.Sc. (Psychology) Acadia University.

MacDonald, T. (2006). The relative effectiveness of aerobic exercise and yoga in reducing depression among a female clinical sample. M.Sc. (Psychology) Acadia University. 

Jewer, C. (2005). Correlates of disordered eating among female university students: A resiliency model.  M.Sc. (Psychology) Acadia University.