Patti McDougall is vice-provost, teaching and learning and associate professor of psychology.
Patti completed her undergraduate degree at Queen's University followed by a Master's of Applied Science at the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. in Human Learning, Development and Instruction at the University of British Columbia. She joined St. Thomas More College (federated with the University of Saskatchewan) in 1998.
While at STM, she held the positions of assistant and associate dean as well as interim dean. Patti has been actively engaged in developing interdisciplinary programming and experiential learning opportunities in the humanities and social sciences. She is the recipient of several STM and UofS awards for her teaching and commitment to student experience.
As a developmental and educational psychologist, Patti's research follows two streams. She studies social relationships in childhood and adolescence including such topics as friendship and social status, with a particular focus on studying the long term impact of bullying and victimization. Her work in bullying has led to a role in national organizations like PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), which links researchers and youth-serving organizations in a common goal to stop bullying and promote safe and healthy relationships. Patti also investigates the domain of student experience where she examines youth-adult partnerships, the nature of the transition into university, students' educational goals, and factors that impact student retention. She has authored and co-authored articles appearing in Merril Palmer Quarterly, Social Development, International Journal of Behavioural Development, and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, among others.