Training in social and personality psychology at the advanced undergraduate, MA, and PhD levels emphasizes critical thinking and the scientific process from idea generation to disseminating knowledge. Such training occurs through a wide range of seminars, supervised research projects and thesis work, and regular research meetings of the social and personality faculty and graduate students, resulting in academic and applied careers. Students are encouraged to build their research portfolio by presenting at conferences, writing manuscripts for potential publication, and working on multiple lines of research. 

Studying in the social and personality psychology area offers an opportunity to work with research experts on:

  • Close relationships (e.g., romantic, friendship, relationship initiation)
  • Health-related self-perceptions and behaviour
  • Motivation and emotion in achievement and health domains
  • Individual differences (e.g., personal control, self-esteem, self-compassion, gender)
  • Intergroup relations and social justice (e.g., reconciliation, prejudice, discrimination, social change, intergroup interaction)
  • Scale construction
  • Social perception (e.g., attributions, biases, empathy, perspective taking, concerns with social evaluation)

To learn more, visit the websites of our area members.

Dr. Daniel Bailis, Action & Identity Lab
Dr. Jessica Cameron, Self and Interpersonal Dynamics Lab
Dr. Nicholas Evans, Personality, Relationships, Emotion, Social Cognition, & Identity Lab
Dr. Danielle Gaucher, Intergroup Relations & Social Justice Laboratory
Dr. Raymond Perry, Motivation and Academic Achievement Laboratory
Dr. Katherine Starzyk, Social Justice Laboratory
Dr. Jacquie Vorauer, Social Relations Lab

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