Faculty

April McGrath

April McGrath

Education:
BA (Hons) (St. Thomas University)
MA (Carleton University)
PhD (Carleton University)

Office: EA3080
Phone: 403.440.8443
Email: amcgrath@mtroyal.ca

TEACHING

  • PSYC 2210  Statistical Methods for Psychology I
  • PSYC 2211  Statistical Methods for Psychology II
  • PSYC 2213  Research Methods I
  • PSYC 2245  Social Psychology
  • PSYC 3344  Environmental Psychology

PSYCHTOOLS FOR SCHOOL LEARNING PAMPHLETS
These pamphlets are intended to spark conversations about learning between students and instructors while also acting as a resource for students. Please feel free to download, print, and share these learning pamphlets. The pamphlets cover a wide range of topics. Two versions are available in case you find that one prints better from your computer. You can also share the files electronically. Please send comments or questions to the email address listed above.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Cognitive Dissonance; Statistics Anxiety; Writing and Feedback

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Publications

McGrath, A. L. (2016). Searching for significance in the scholarship of teaching and learning and finding none: Understanding non-significant results. Teaching & Learning Inquiry

Manarin, K., McGrath, A.L., & Carey, M. (2016). Original undergraduate research in classroom contexts: Student perceptions of a scaffolded approach. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 9, 35-42. 

McGrath, A. L., & Atkinson-Leadbeater, K. (2016). Instructor comments on student writing: Learner response to electronic written feedback. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal, 8(3), 1-16.   

McGrath, A. L., Taylor, A., Greiner, L., Wanamaker, K., & Brown, S. (2015). Reducing anxiety, increasing self-efficacy, and enhancing performance within an advanced graduate psychology statistics course. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 5. 

McGrath, A. L. (2014). Just checking in: The effect of an office hour meeting and learning reflection in an introductory statistics course. Teaching of Psychology, 41(1), 83-87. 

McGrath, A. L. (2014) Content, affective, and behavioral challenges to learning: Students’ experiences learning statistics. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 8, 1-21. 

McGrath, A. L. (2013). Reader’s Response: Describing and analyzing quantitative data. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7, 1-5.

McGrath, A. (2012). An early introduction to SoTL and the shaping of an academic career. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 6, 1-4.

McGrath, A.L., Taylor, A., & Pychyl, T.A. (2011, December). Writing Helpful Feedback: The Influence of Feedback Type on Students' Perceptions and Writing Performance. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2(2), 1-14.

Wohl, M.J.A., & McGrath, A.L. (2007). The perception of time heals all wounds: Temporal distance affects willingness to forgive following an interpersonal transgression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33(9), 1023-1035.

Chapters/Conference Proceedings

Campbell, B., & McGrath, A.L. (2011). Where the rubber hits the road: The development of useable middle-range evaluation theory. In M.M. Mark, S.I. Donaldson, & B. Campbell  (Eds.), Social psychology and evaluation (pp.346-372). New York: The Guilford Press.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

McGrath, A. L. & Giroux, A. (2016). Examining student-faculty interactions: The role of individual differences in student attendance of office hours. Paper presented at 18th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece.

McGrath, A. L. (2015). Get off the road: Blaming the victim in a cycling accident. Poster to be presented at the Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), San Diego, CA.

McGrath, A. L. (2015). The blame game: Evaluating accident responsibility in a winter cycling scenario. Poster presented at the Winter Cycling Congress, Leeuwarden, Netherlands. 

Manarin, K., McGrath, A. L., & Carey, M. (2015). Tuning into original undergraduate research in classroom contexts. STLHE Conference, Vancouver, BC. 

Manarin, K., McGrath, A. L., Carey, M., & Davis, K. (2014). Original Undergraduate Research in Classroom Contexts: Student Attitudes. Paper presented at the 2014 Symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Banff, AB. 

McGrath, A. L., & Atkinson-Leadbeater, K. (2014). Tracking Changes: Students’ Experiences Revising Papers based on Instructor Feedback. Poster presented at the 2014 Symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Banff, AB. 

McGrath, A. L. (2014). Learning Gains and Learning Reflections: The Positive Influence of Office Hour Meetings. Poster presented at the 26th APS Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA. 

McGrath, A. L., & Ward, M. (2014). Reducing Cognitive Dissonance after an Act of Hypocrisy: A Comparison of Dissonance Reduction Modes. Poster presented at the Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Austin, TX 

McGrath, A. L. (2013, June). Students’ Experiences Learning Statistics. Poster presented at the Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, Sydney, NS.

McGrath, A. L. (2012, November). Moments of Clarity and Confusion: Writing and Wrestling with Feedback. Paper presented at the 2012 Symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Banff, AB.

McGrath, A.L. (2012, January). "Enhancing Engagement, Overcoming Anxiety, and Improving Students' Understanding of Statistics". Roundtable discussion conducted at the 10th Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Teaching Preconference, San Diego, CA.

McGrath, A.L., Bartlett, B., & Tin, E. (2012, January). Changing or Defending Our Behaviour: The Role of Attitude Importance and Choice in the Arousal and Reduction of Cognitive Dissonance. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psycholog, San Diego, CA.

McGrath, A.L., Taylor, A., & Brown, S. (2011, June). Reducing Anxiety and Increasing Self-Efficacy within an Advanced Graduate Psychology Statistics Course. Presented at the 72nd Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.

McGrath, A. L., Racek, J., & McGrath, R. (2010, January). Understanding Behavioral Commitment through Veganism. Poster presented at the 11th Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Las Vegas, NV.

McGrath, A. L., Taylor, A., & Pychyl, T. A. (2009, February). Creating Useful Written Feedback: The Effects of Feedback Type on Student Performance and Perceptions. Paper presented at the 7th SPSP Teaching Preconference, Tampa Bay, Florida.