Gordon L Flett

Professor

Canada Research Chair

Locations / Contact Info:

5022K Technology Enhanced Learning - TEL
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 33727

Email address(es):

gflett@yorku.ca

Web site(s):

Canada Research Chair

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology

Degrees

B.Sc. - Psychology - 1980
University of Toronto

Ph. D. - Psychology - 1988
University of Toronto

M. A. - Psychology - 1982
University of Toronto

Biography

Dr. Flett is most recognized for his seminal contributions to research and theory on the role of perfectionism in psychopathology. His collaborative work with Dr. Paul Hewitt of the University of British Columbia on perfectionism has received widespread national and international attention and has been the subject of numerous media stories, including coverage on CTV, CNN, and the BBC. This work has been supported by major research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Other current research interests include the study of personality predictors of postpartum depression in new mothers and new fathers. Also, in keeping with his interest in adjustment across the lifespan, Dr. Flett is conducting programatic research on the nature and correlates of suicidality in the elderly. Dr. Flett holds a Canada Research Chair in Personality & Health.

Selected Publications


Stornelli, D., Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2009). Perfectionism, achievement, and affect in children: A comparison of students from gifted, arts, and regular programmes. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 24, 267-283.


Flett, G. L., Krames, L., & Vredenburg, K. (2009). Personality traits in clinical and remitted depression: An analysis of instrumental-agentic and expressive-communal traits. Current Psychology, 28, 240-248.


Goldstein, A.L., Flett, G.L., Wekerle, C., & Wall, A-M. (2009). Personality, child maltreatment, and substance use: Examining correlates of deliberate self-harm among university students. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 41, 241-251.


Sturman, E.D., Cribbie, R.A., & Flett, G. L. (2009). The average distance between item values: A novel approach for estimating internal consistency. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 27, 409-420.


Sturman, E.D., Flett, G. L., Hewitt, P. L., & Rudolph, S. G. (2009). Dimensions of perfectionism and self-worth contingencies in depression. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 27, 213-231.


Flett, G.L., Blankstein, K.R., & Hewitt, P.L. (2009). Perfectionism, performance, and state positive affect and negative affect after a classroom test. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 24, 4-18.


Flett, G.L., Endler, N.S., & Besser, A. (2009). Separation anxiety, perceived controllability, and homesickness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 265-282.


Goldstein, A., & Flett, G. L. (2009). Personality, alcohol use, and drinking motives: A comparison of independent and combined internal drinking motives groups. Behavior Modification, 33, 182-198.


Sherry, S.B., Vriend, J.L., Hewitt, P.L., Sherry, D.L., Flett, G.L., & Wardrop, A.A. (2009). Perfectionism dimensions, appearance schemas, and body image disturbance in community members and university students. Body Image, 6, 83-89.


Arpin-Cribbie, C.A., Irvine, J., Ritvo, P., Cribbie, R.A., Flett, G.L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2008). Perfectionism and psychological distress: A modeling approach to understanding their therapeutic relationship. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 26, 151-167.


Besser, A., Flett, G.L., Hewitt, P.L., & Guez, J. (2008). Perfectionism and cognitions, affect, self-esteem, and physiological reactions in a performance situation. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 26, 206-228.


Besser, A., Flett, G.L., Guez, J., & Hewitt, P.L. (2008).   Perfectionism, mood, and memory for positive, negative, and perfectionistic content.   Individual Differences Research, 6, 211-244.


Burke, R.J., Davis, R.A., & Flett, G.L. (2008). Workaholism types, perfectionism, and work outcomes. Journal of Industrial Relations and Human Resources, 10, 30-40.


Flett, G. L., Goldstein, A., Wall, A-M., Hewitt, P. L., Wekerle, C., & Azzi, N. (2008). Perfectionism and binge drinking in Canadian students making the transition to university. Journal of American College Health, 57, 249-253.


Affiliations

Research and Awards Committee, Faculty of Health
Chair

Joint Action Committee of York Central Hospital and York University
Member

Academic Executive and Planning Committee, Faculty of Health
Member

Search Committee for new CLA and Tenure Stream Faculty Appointments, School of Nursing
Dean’s Representative

Service/Community Activities

Joint Action Committee of York Central Hospital and York University
Member

Academic Executive and Planning Committee, Faculty of Health
Member

Search Committee for new CLA and Tenure Stream Faculty Appointments, School of Nursing
Dean’s Representative

Research and Awards Committee, Faculty of Health
Chair

Awards

Recognized as top 25 authors in Psychology - 1996
American Psychological Society

Teaching Award - 1997
Dept. of Psychology, York University

Peel Board of Education Award of Excellence (for Community S - 1997
Peel Board of Education

Community and Leadership Award - 2006
Toastmasters International, District 60

City of Mississauga Certificate of Recognition awarded for “ - 1999
Faculty of Arts, York University, Dean’s Award For Outstanding Research

Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) - 2007

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students:

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers:

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects:

Current Research

Dr. Flett's research interests include the role of personality factors in depression, health problems, and interpersonal adjustment. Research on perfectionism compares personal and interpersonal aspects of perfectionism, including perfectionistic self-presentation.  This research adopts a life-span perspective in the sense that the role of personality in health and mental health is studied in children, adolescents, middle-aged individuals, and the elderly."  Other research examines the antecedents and consequences of maltreatment, and the role of risk and resilience factors in well-being.
 

Research Projects

Interpersonal Perfectionism and Social Disconnection

Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $105,000.00
Year Funded: 2009
Duration: 4
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Mood, motives, and gambling in young adults: An examination of within- and between-person variations using experience sampling”
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $94,072.00
Year Funded: 2009
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre

Perfectionism and social comparison processes in health and mental health
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $120,780.00
Year Funded: 2009
Duration: 4
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Promoting Youth Mental Health in York Region

Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $30,000.00
Year Funded: 2009
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Tri-Council Intellectual Propertl Mobilization Grant

Psychological resiliency and suicide risk among community-residing older adults
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $150,000.00
Year Funded: 2008
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF)