Dr. Doug Needham

Professor of Psychology

Phone: (905) 648-2139   Ext:4210

Email: dneedham@redeemer.ca

Office: 219E

Programs: Psychology, Health Sciences, Health Sciences – Pre‑Medicine, Health Sciences Professional


Ph.D. (1992), Psychology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
Dissertation: Problem-Oriented Training Promotes Spontaneous Analogical Transfer

B.ArtsSc. (Honours) (1987), McMaster University.


  • Introduction to Psychology: Clinical and Developmental Psychology (PSY-122)
  • Developmental Psychology: Adolescent (PSY-225)
  • The Psychology of Health and Well-Being (PSY-327 (HSC/KPE-327))
  • Principles of Learning and Behaviour Modification (PSY-334)
  • Physiological Psychology (PSY-336)
  • Forensic Psychology (PSY-338)

Research Interests

  • Cognitive psychology (specifically, analogical transfer in problem-solving tasks and incubation effects in problem-solving)
  • Developmental psychology (specifically, an investigation of morals and values in adolescents)
  • The impact of the experience of stress on compassion

Recent Publications

Walters, P., Needham, D. & Williams, B.  (2013). Emotional health and wellness. In P. Walters & J. Byl (Eds.), Christian Paths to Health and Wellness: 2nd Edition.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Walters, P., Needham, D. & Williams, B. (2008). Emotional health and wellness. In P. Walters & J. Byl (Eds.), Christian Paths to Health and Wellness. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Needham, D.R. (2004). Dealing with depression. In J. Byl (Ed.), Caring For God’s Temple.

Both, L., Needham, D.R., & Wood, E. (2004). Examining tasks and contexts that facilitate the experience of incubation while problem- solving. Alberta Journal of Education Research50(1), 57-67.

Schludermann, E.H., Schludermann, S.M., Needham, D., & Mulenga, M. (2001). Fear of rejection versus religious commitment as predictors of adjustment among Reformed and Evangelical college students in Canada. Journal of Beliefs and Values22(2), 209-224.

Six articles in The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology (2nd Edition) (1999): Decision Making, Genetic Counseling, Imaginary Friends, Metacognition, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and Suicide.