Assistant Professor, Psychology
6-329D, City Centre Campus10700 - 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB T5J 4S2780-497-4165
This is Dr. Penney’s second year at MacEwan University, having completed his PhD at Lakehead University in 2014. Dr. Penney currently teaches PSYC 104 and PSYC 105 (Introductory Psychology I & II), and PSYC 339 (Abnormal Psychology). His overarching research interest is in adult forms of anxiety. Within this field, Dr. Penney’s primary research interest is excessive worry, specifically in testing current cognitive-behavioural models of, and developing brief treatments for, generalized anxiety disorder. In particular, he hopes to move his recently developed ultra-brief treatment for generalized anxiety disorder into primary care and self-help settings. Dr. Penney’s secondary research area is excessive health anxiety, the primary feature of hypochondriasis/illness anxiety disorder. These areas of research are explored with students in the Worry and Health Anxiety (WAHA) Lab at MacEwan University. He also has conducted research in a range of other fields, including other emotional disorders, intelligence, and problem gambling and addictions.
Available to supervise honours or individual study students.
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Students who conduct research with Dr. Penney will likely focus on worry or health anxiety, though other interesting and unique research projects could be discussed. Students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Penney early in the school year if they wish to be supervised for an honours thesis or individual study project, or wish to join the WAHA Lab.
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