My general research interests are in the areas of health psychology and the regulation of Human behaviour. More particularly I have been interested in an examination of the variables affecting adherence to self regulatory behaviour arising from psychological interventions, medical treatment, and/or protective health practices.
My past research has involved an examination of the degree of adherence to the safe sex practices advocated by AIDS prevention programs among university students and the variables contributing to adherence or non-adherence. I have investigated demographic information, knowledge or misconceptions about AIDS and perceived vulnerability, attitudes about AIDS, intentions with regard to sexual practices, actual sexual practices, sexual self efficacy and the relationship among these variables. More recently I have explored gender differences in these areas. It was hoped that the reasons for non-adherence and the means of enhancing adherence to practices recommended by AIDS education programs may be at least partially indicated. I
Other interests include self-efficacy enhancement as a behaviour self-management strategy and I have researched the manipulation of this variable and its effectiveness in a weight loss program. I have an interest as well in pathological gambling and its control.
Updated August 28, 2012