Of Psychology

John C. Lefebvre, PhD

Dr. Lefebvre received a D.E.C. from Vanier College (CEGEP) before receiving his B. A. degree from McGill University with first class honors in psychology. While a student at McGill, he had the opportunity to be actively involved in research projects involving pain research. After completing his degree at McGill, Dr. Lefebvre received his Ph.D. degree in 1998 from Duke University in clinical psychology. He also completed his pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Duke University Medical Center. As a graduate student, his research involved how people remember and recall the experience of persistent pain, the efficacy of cognitive behavioral treatment of persistent pain, and pain assessment. Dr. Lefebvre spent a year at Ohio University as an Assistant Research Professor, then came to Wofford in 1999. Dr. Lefebvre was appointed Chairman of the Psychology Department in February, 2004. He also has an appointment as Assistant Consulting Professor at Duke University Medical Center where he is primarily involved in research.

In December 2005, Dr. Lefebvre travelled to Ghana to conduct research on global health with Dawna Quick, the Wofford International Scholar for that year. The topics of research included the effects on health of global economic decisions. For example, Ms. Quick and Dr. Lefebvre visited a local hospital in Legon, and interviewed people involved in open pit gold mining and how this leads to health consequences in the spread of malaria. The two also travelled to Elmina Castle on the coast, past slave fort.

In January 2010, Dr. Lefebver participated in the Milliken Faculty Development Program and travelled with fellow faculty members to Shanghai, China. The purpose of the trip was to study and learn about modern China's push towards modernity. While in China, the group also travelled to Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Yiwu.

In May 2010, Dr. Lefebvre was awarded the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science. The award, funded by a $1 million endowment, provides a $50,000 prize – an annual award of $5,000 for up to 10 years – for use in pursuing professional development. Dr. Lefebvre was the sixth faculty member to receive this honor.

Dr. Lefebvre's research interests continue to focus on pain. He has developed a research program with psychology students looking at how worry and pain interact. This is an ongoing research area. The focus has been on manipulating worry about pain and other topics and then assessing the effects on acute pain in a laboratory setting. Dr. Lefebvre is also involved with Dr. Craig Burnette in looking at the needs of veterans in the Upstate of South Carolina. This is a collaborative effort with students.  This is an ongoing research project that has already produced interesting and important results.

In his spare time, Dr. Lefebvre enjoys spending time with his family, especially at Wofford social and athletic events.

Presently, Dr. Lefebvre teaches:

  • Introductory Psychology (110)
  • Introduction to Psychological Science (150)
  • Abnormal Psychology (220)
  • Health Psychology (270) 
  • Personality (320)
  • Applied Statistics for Psychology (360)
  • Behavioral Medicine (370)
  • Clinical Psychology (420)
  • Senior Thesis (451, 452)

During the interim, Dr. Lefebvre has taught courses on campus on amateur architecture, service learning, and artificial intelligence.  Travel interims have included courses to Jamaica (2004), Belgium, France, Switzerland (2007), Egypt (2009), Martinique and Guadeloupe (2011).