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Sean P. Mackinnon is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University. He also teaches part-time in the psychology department at Dalhousie University. Sean was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He spent his freshman year in the lower mainland of British Columbia, studying at the University College of the Frasier Valley. He later fell in love with Kelly Barrie and moved back to Cape Breton to live with her. They married on May 15, 2010. Sean continued his education at Cape Breton University, earning his undergraduate degree in psychology (BA Hons) under the supervision of Peter D. MacIntyre. Sean also attended Wilfrid Laurier University and received his MA in social psychology in 2008 under the co-supervision of Christian H. Jordan and Anne E. Wilson. Sean completed his PhD in Psychology at Dalhousie University under the supervision of Dr. Simon B. Sherry in 2012. Sean's research interests combine elements of social/personality and clinical psychology, and his research program focuses on personality as a risk factor for psychopathology using longitudinal and mixed methods. His dissertation work examined the relationship between perfectionism, life narratives and well-being in freshman university students. His postdotoral research examines personality traits as risk and protective factors for addictive behaviours.


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