Dr. Frederick French
Associate Professor

Office: Seton 577
Phone: (902) 457-6186
Fax: (902) 457-4911
E-mail: Frederick.French@msvu.ca

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. French’s prime area of research deals with youth, particularly those with learning disabilities, attention deficit and behavioral disorders. His work involves research into best practices in intervention and diagnosis and has implications for policy studies, teacher professional development, the change process, leadership, human rights, inclusive practices and exceptionality; topics covered in various programs such as educational psychology, school psychology and curriculum studies.

  • cognition, metacogntion, assessment for learning and learner strategies with an emphasis on exceptionality, learning disabilities and ADHD
  • educational legislation and administrative practices with an emphasis on student rights and inclusion.


Dr. French completed a psychology degree, an education degree in secondary social studies and a Masters degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta (U of A). He has taught at MUN, the U of A and the Mount as well as having taught courses at Acadia. His work in education includes classroom teaching; school psychology; administration at the school, district and provincial levels; research associate positions and university teaching. Fred’s work in education is guided by his interest in adolescent development, instructional approaches that promote the inclusion of all learners and the promotion of mental health wellness. While he has conducted research and published in the areas of adolescent career development, student services and policy implementation in the areas of exceptionality, inclusion and student access, his prime areas of interest are with adolescent and post secondary learners particularly those with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mental health issues. His most recent publications have been in the areas of ADHD, mental health, and the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with a publication in preparation on readiness for entry to professional practice in psychology. As well, he continues to contribute to collaborative projects on young women in STEM careers as well as a project on mental health awareness and education. His personal interests include music, skating, politics and Boston sports teams particularly the Bruins and Red Soxs.