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Dr. Maureen Reed profile

Dr. Maureen Reed

Phone416-979-5000 ext. 557111


Dr. Reed earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology at York University with a specialty in visual perception.  She has since expanded her research interests to include perceptual aging, cognitive aging, resourcefulness and resilience, and higher education success for traditional and nontraditional students.  Along with her students she is examining the impact of age-related changes in visual neural channels on the interpretation of motion and depth and the effects of such changes on everyday mobility and interpretation of the dynamic environment.  With colleagues in South Africa, she is currently examining cross cultural differences in psychosocial variables of South African first generation students relative to first generation Canadian students.  Further, she has been examining the experiences of students with blindness and other disabilities at Canadian universities.  Her approach is to understand barriers to resilience and resourcefulness (self-controlled coping) when students face stressful challenges.


Selected Publications

Reed, M., & Hadad, M. (2016). Promoting meaning and satisfaction with life to older adults through service learning in continuing education.  Journal of Professional, Continuing and On-Line Education, 1.1, 1-21. Available at, external link

Patel, K., & Reed, M. (2016). Multistable perception in older adults: Constructing a whole from fragments.  Brain Science 6, 10; doi: 10.3390/brainsci6010010

Reed, M.J. (2016). University massification and teaching non-traditional university students.  In J. Arvanitakis  & D. Hornsby D. (Eds.), Universities, the citizen scholar, and the future of higher education. New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan.

Reed, M.J. (2016). Driving and aging. In S. Krauss Whitbourne (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adulthood and aging. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

Reed, M.J., Kennett, D.J., & Emond, M. (2015). The influence of the reasons for attending university and academic success in students with and without disabilities. Active Learning in Higher Education, 16, 225-236.

Kennett, D., Reed, M.J., & Stuart, A. (2013). The development of the Reasons for Attending University Scale and its impact on academic resourcefulness, adjustment and retention. Active Learning in Higher Education, 14, 123-133.  doi:10.1177/1469787413481130

Reed, M.J., & Curtis, K. (2012). Experiences of students with visual impairment in canadian higher education.  Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 106, 414-425.

Reed, M.J., & Easa, S.M. (2011). Effect of luminance on night driving performance of younger-old and older-old adults. International Journal of Reviews and Research In Applied Science, 7, 218-227.