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​Les Cake, Hons. B.A. (Queen's), M.Sc. (Memorial), Ph.D. (Queen's), NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Toronto)

Professor (retired) - Psychology; Honourary Research Professor (currently)  

Phone: (709) 637-6276



Research Interests/expertise

Dr. Cake has authored or co-authored a computer programming textbook, 9 journal articles, 4 articles in edited books, 4 articles in professional publications, and 12 reports.  He has also presented at 42 conferences and workshops.

Dr. Cake's current research interests include human memory (especially in older adults). He has also worked with a group of researchers from Western Health examining the effects of relocation of individuals with mild to moderate dementia to protective care residences.  Economic impact analysis, mass communications and transportation safety have been areas of applied research interests in the past.



Dr. Les Cake taught at Grenfell for 29 years before retiring in 2009.  He regularly taught Introductory Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Senior Seminar, and courses in Research Design and Analysis.

Representative scholarly contributions

  • Cake, L.J., Nadonly, D., Zendel, B., Hutchings V. (2020)  Young adults’ attitudes towards older adults:  Does coming from a rural community matter. ARC-NL 2020: Building the ARC. May 7-8 2020 conference presentation postponed until further notice.
  • O'Brien, K., Welsh, D., Wells, C., Cake, L., Wells, J., and Alteen, A., (2013).  Engaging in a meaningful research partnership: The protective community residences example.  Refereed paper presented at the Community-University Expo (CU Expo), Corner Brook, Newfoundland, June 14, 2013.
  • Cake, L.J. (2012).  Survey of Centres on Aging across Canada and recommendations for a NL Centre on Aging.  Paper presented at a "Planning Symposium for a Provincial Centre on Aging", Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Sept. 25, 2012.
  • Cake, L. J., Wells C., Wideman G., Ploughman, M., O'Brien, K., Buehler, S., and Bowering, L. (2011).  Building an evidence-based framework for a NL Centre on Aging.  Prepared for the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research.  Pp. 1 – 66.
  • Hutchings, D., Wells, J., O'Brien, K., Wells, C., Alteen A., and Cake, L.J. (2011).  From institution to "home": Family perspectives of a unique relocation process.  Canadian Journal on Aging, 30(2), 223-232.

Current research projects and grants

I am currently working on a research project investigating younger adults’ attitudes toward older adults.

Memberships and affiliations

Dr. Cake has served on approximately 62 Grenfell and St. John's committees and served as Coordinator of the Psychology program "back in the day" (1988).

Chair, Psychology

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