Peter Horvath,
Professor Emeritus

Please note that Dr. Horvath is no longer supervising honours or graduate students.

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B.A., McGill University

M.A., University of Western Ontario

Ph.D., University of Ottawa


Peter Horvath is a clinical psychologist with research interests in personality theory, abnormal psychology, and social psychology. He has conducted research on personality, depression, clinical assessment, psychological services in the community, and psychotherapy. His research has focused on the relationship of personality attributes and motivational orientations to vulnerabilities for emotional disorders. His more current research examined the components of self-determination and self-regulation that account for psychological well-being. Recently supervised theses have examined the psychological antecedents and correlates of psychological well-being.


Horvath, P. (2023). The organization of construal networks and functional adaptation. New Ideas in Psychology, 70, 101028.

Horvath, P. (2018). The relationship of psychological construals with well-being. New Ideas in Psychology, 51, 15-20.

Horvath, P. (2014). The relationship of self-regulatory processes, motivational conditions, and temporal frameworks with psychological well-being. In C. Pracana (Ed.), Psychology applications & developments: Advances in psychology and psychological trend series (pp. 24-33). Lisbon, Portugal: InScience Press.

Cipoletta, S., Consolaro, F., & Horvath, P. (2013). When health is an attitudinal matter: A qualitative research. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 20, 1-20.

Horvath, P, & McColl, V. (2013). Behavioral and experiential self-regulations in psychological well-being under proximal and distal goal conditions. Psychology, 4, 975-984.

Horvath, P., & Wambolt, P. (2010). Moderation of success and failure feedback by validation seeking on affect change: Implications for theories of cognitive adaptation and self-worth regulation. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 14, 145-164.

Horvath, P. Editor. (2009).  Women and depression: Antecedents, consequences, and interventions. New York, NY: Rutledge.

Horvath, P., & Wambolt, P. (2009). The effects of dysfunctional motivational components in self-regulation on negative and positive affect in women. In J. Gallivan & S. Cooper (Eds.), Pathways, bridges and havens: The psychological determinants of women’s health (pp. 99-123).  Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press.

Horvath, P. Special Issue Guest Editor. (2008). Women and depression: Antecedents, consequences, and interventions. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 35(2), 1-90.

Horvath, P. (2008). Introduction: Women, depression, and the struggle for control over the evaluation of self-worth. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 35, 1-3.

Horvath, P., Bissix, G., Sumarah, J., Crouchman, E., & Bowdrey, J. (2008). Motivational orientation, expectancies, and vulnerability for depression in women. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 35, 19-32.

York, M., & Horvath, P. (2008). Community service providers’ conceptualizations of the needs and services of depressed rural women. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 35, 77-90.

Reyno, S. M., Stewart, S. H., Brown, C. G., Horvath, P., & Wiens, J. (2006). Anxiety sensitivity and situation-specific drinking in women with alcohol problems. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 6, 268-282.

Danielidou, L., & Horvath, P. (2006). Greek-Cypriot attitudes toward Turkish-Cypriots and Turkish immigrants. Journal of Social Psychology, 146, 405-421.

Horvath, P., Bissix, G., MacLeod, K., & Barr, C. (2005). Community services and resources for depressed women in two rural regions of Nova Scotia. [On-line serial] Journal of Rural and Community Development, 1, 18-31.

Birnie, S. A., & Horvath, P. (2002). Psychological predictors of Internet social communication. [On-line serial] Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 7(4). Available:


Registered Psychologist, Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology