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Jim Duffy

Faculty and Staff

Jim Duffy, B.A., M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (York)


Office: AS345
Phone: (709)637-6222

Teaching Interests

Dr. Jim Duffy has taught at Grenfell for 26 years, having specialized in the areas of developmental psychology, cognition, and emotions. He regularly teaches Introductory Psychology and a 2nd year course titled Survey of Developmental Psychology. He frequently teaches a 3rd year course on Contemporary Issues in Emotions and occasionally teaches a 4th year course on Systems of Psychology. Other courses he has taught include Survey of Cognitive Psychology, Contemporary Issues in Developmental Psychology, and Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology.

Research Interests

Dr. Duffy has authored or co-authored 12 articles in refereed journals. Five of his coauthors (Marsha Harnum, Crystal Hickey, Margaret Walsh, Stacey Wareham, and Kelly Warren) were Grenfell psychology majors who began collaborating on these articles while they were still students, or recent graduates of Grenfell. Several of these joint papers are cited in some of the current textbooks in the areas of: introductory psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, sexual behavior, and the psychology of women. He regularly supervises Honours students.

Selected Publications

Harnum, M., Duffy, J., & Ferguson, D. (2007). Adult’s vs children’s perceptions of a child with Autism or Attention Deficit Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 1337-1343.

Walsh, M., Duffy, J., & Gallagher-Duffy, J. (2007). A more accurate approach to measuring the prevalence of sexual harassment among high school students. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 39, 110-118.

Duffy, J., Wareham, S., & Walsh, M. (2004). Psychological consequences for high school students of having been sexually harassed. Sex Roles, 50, 811-821.

Duffy, J., Warren, K., & Walsh, M. (2001). Classroom interactions: Gender of teacher, gender of student, and classroom subject. Sex Roles, 45, 579-593.

Walsh, M., Hickey, C., & Duffy, J. (1999). The influence of item content and stereotype situation on gender differences in mathematical problem solving. Sex Roles, 41, 219-240.

Recent Honours Supervision

Stacy Katchun - Cognitive appraisals of dating violence scenarios
Nancy Guy - Adolescent depression: Perceptions of junior high school students, senior high school students and adults

Laura Bonnell - Sexual orientation, emotional intelligence and relationship satisfaction

Michelle Luedee - Is there a difference in children’s versus adults’ social perceptions of autistic children?

Miranda Fudge - Acquaintance rape: Straight from the eye of the beholder
Jenny Rice - Bullies: Similarity of children’s and parents’ attitudes

DeAnna MacAuthur - The effect of story type and story affect on believability and memory
Corrine MacDonald - Happy geriatrics: A survey of senior citizens

Academic Service

Dr. Duffy has served on over 60 Grenfell committees (not including those within the Psychology department), he has served as Coordinator and then as Chair of the Psychology program, and has served as Head of the Social Science Division.

Chair, Psychology

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS335
Phone: (709) 639-2504