Peter MacIntyre

Professor of Psychology
Psychology, School of Science & Technology

Office: B-221-I

Brief Bio

Peter MacIntyre (PhD, Western Ontario) is from Glace Bay, went to St. Michael’s High School and then to UCCB (now CBU) for the BACS degree (1985). From there he went to Western for both the MA (1988,) and PhD (1992). After a two year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa (1992-94), Peter joined the faculty in Cape Breton, and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2004.

Research Interests

Peter’s primary research focus lies in the psychology of communication processes, in both the native and second languages. Peter’s research on Willingness to Communicate, Language Anxiety, and Motivation has been widely cited and supported by multiple grants from SSHRC, as well as funding from CFI and NSRIT among others.  He has been working on the innovative idiodynamic method to develop a real time understanding of emotions and cognition during communication.  His research extends into the community through the GPI Glace Bay project and studies of volunteerism.

Teaching Interests

Peter teaches courses in Motivation, Positive Psychology, Research Methods, and has taught in various areas of psychology (Personality, Social, Human Sexuality, and other courses).  He teaches courses on campus, online, and in the 3-C model (for credit, certificate, or curiosity).  He has received the CBU (UCCB) Alumni award for teaching excellence and Atlantic Association of Universities award for distinguished teaching.