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Patti McDougall B.A., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.

Deputy Provost

Faculty Member in Psychology and Health Studies

Peter MacKinnon Building 222

Research Area(s)

  • Social development in childhood and adolescence with a focus on the study of friendship and peer acceptance
  • Reading instruction
  • Remediation in childhood

About me

Selected publications:


Vaillancourt, T., Trinh, V., McDougall, P., Duku, E., Cunningham, L., Cunningham, C., Hymel, S., & Short, K. (2010). Optimizing population screening of bullying in school-age children. Journal of School Violence, 9, 233-250.


Vaillancourt, T., Brittain, H., Bennett, L., Arnocky, S., McDougall, P., Hymel, S., Short, K., Sunderani, S., Scott, C., Mackenzie, M., & Cunningham, L. (2010). Places to avoid: Population-based study of student reports of unsafe and high bullying areas at school. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 25, 40-54.

Vaillancourt, T., McDougall, P., Hymel, S., & Sunderani, S. (2010). Respect or fear? The relationship between power and bullying behaviour. In S. R. Jimmerson, S. M. Swearer & D. L. Espelage (Eds.). Handbook of bullying in schools: An international perspective (pp. 211-222). New York: Routledge.

Aspenlieder, L., Buchanan, C.M., McDougall, P., & Sippola, L. (2009). Gender non-conformity and peer victimization in pre- and early adolescence.” European Journal of Developmental Science, 3, 3-16.


McDougall, P., Vaillancourt, T., & Hymel, S. (2008, November 10). What happens over time to those who bully and those who are victimized? In S.Hymel, S. Swearer & P. Gillett(Eds.), Bullying at School and Online, a special invited issue of education.com. Retrieved DATE from <http://www.education.com

Vaillancourt, T., McDougall, P., Hymel, S., Krygsman, A., Miller, J., Stiver, K., & Davis, C. (2008). Bullying: Are researchers and children/youth talking about the same thing? International Journal of Behavioral Development, 32, 486-495.

Hymel, S., McDougall, P., & Vaillancourt, T. (2008). Peer effects. In the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition. Macmillan References USA, Thomson Gale.

McDougall, P. & Vaillancourt, T. (2007). Bullying in context: Why do they stand by and when will they stand up? Queen’s University Education Letter, Fall/Winter, 7-9.

McDougall, P. & Hymel, S. (2007). Same-gender versus cross-gender friendship conceptions: Similar or different? Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 53, 347-380.


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Her primary teaching inerests include Developmental Psychology and Research Methods and Design in Psychology. Her research interests centre around social development in childhood and adolescence with a focus on the study of friendship and peer acceptance. In addition, Dr. McDougall has research interests in the area of reading instruction and remediation in childhood.