Leandre R. Fabrigar, President Nominee

Institutional affiliation: Department of Psychology, Queen’s University            

Area of specialization: Social-Personality Psychology

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Summary of professional interests:

My primary research interests fall within the domain of attitude and persuasion research. Within this domain, my research has investigated the effects of attitude structure and social context in regulating the susceptibility of attitudes to persuasion and the impact of attitudes on behavior, judgment, and information processing.  My research has also explored methods of measuring attitudes and their underlying structural properties.  Other research interests include the psychological mechanisms underlying social influence tactics, the relationship between personality traits and the self, the role of attachment style in relationship processes, and methodological issues in the application of statistical methods (e.g., factor analysis and structural equation modeling) to psychological research.

Representative publications:

Crites, S. L., Jr., Fabrigar, L. R., & Petty, R. E.  (1994).  Measuring the affective and cognitive properties of attitudes:  Conceptual and methodological issues.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 20, 619-634.

Fabrigar, L. R., & Petty, R. E.  (1999).  The role of the affective and cognitive bases of attitudes in susceptibility to affectively and cognitively based persuasion.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 363-381.

Fabrigar, L. R., Wegener, D. T., MacCallum, R. C., & Strahan, E. J.  (1999).  Evaluating the use of exploratory factor analysis in psychological research.  Psychological Methods, 4, 272-299.

Fabrigar, L. R., Petty, R. E., Smith, S. M., & Crites, S. L.Jr.  (2006). Understanding knowledge effects on attitude-behavior consistency: The role of relevance, complexity, and amount of knowledge.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 556-577.

Fabrigar, L. R., Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E.  (2020).  A validity-based framework for understanding replication in psychology. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 24, 316-344.

Representative honors or awards:

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2003-2005
  • Co-Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2013-2016
  • Fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
  • Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Involvement in MPA:

I first joined MPA in 1990 when I attended MPA as a first year graduate student. Since that time, I have missed only one MPA meeting.  I presented a number of talks at MPA as a graduate student and as a faculty member I have presented invited talks and one invited workshop. I have also been a co-author on a number of my graduate and undergraduate students’ talks and posters at MPA over the years. Nearly every year since 1995 I have used funds from my external grants to support the travel costs of multiple graduate students from my lab to attend MPA. Of course, the most important impact of MPA on my life was the fact that it was the place where my wife and I (both graduate students at the time) first met!