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Assistant Professor

Research Areas

Dr. Schellenberg’s research focuses on people’s favourite activities. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how people can engage in their favourite activities in a way that produces the most benefits (e.g., high levels of performance and well-being), while avoiding potential costs (e.g., conflict, burnout). He has focused most extensively on the construct of passion, and has examined how people’s experiences are affected by the extent to which their passion is harmonious and obsessive. Other topics that he is studying include savouring, self-compassion, coping, and perfectionism. He conducts research with various populations, including athletes, sports fans, exercisers, students, and gamblers.

•    Sport and Exercise Psychology
•    Social and Personality Psychology
•    Health Psychology


  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellness (KPER 1200)
  • Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (KPER 2540)
  • Social Psychology of Leisure (REC 3180)


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Psychology), University of Ottawa (2018)
  • PhD (Psychology), University of Manitoba (2015)
  • MA (Kinesiology), University of British Columbia (2011)
  • BA Hons. (Psychology), University of Winnipeg (2008)

Selected Publications

Schellenberg, B. J. I., & Gaudreau, P. (in press). An inch away from being mentally tough: Performance bias in ratings of mental toughness. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Preprint is publicly available at

Schellenberg, B. J. I., Mosewich, A. D., Bailis, D. S., Gaudreau, P., & Verner-Filion, J. (in press). When self-compassion loses its luster: Ratings of self-compassionate and self-critical responding among passionate students. The Journal of Experimental Education.  Preprint is publicly available at
Schellenberg, B. J. I., Sabiston, C. M., Vallerand, R. J., & Gaudreau, P. (in press). Passion among breast cancer survivors: A 12-month prospective study. Journal of Health Psychology.
Schellenberg, B. J. I., Verner-Filion, J., & Gaudreau, P. (in press). We are the champions, but how do we respond? Savoring and dampening in response to championship victories among passionate sports fans. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Schellenberg, B. J. I., & Gaudreau, P. (2020). Savoring and dampening with passion: How passionate people respond when good things happen. Journal of Happiness Studies, 21, 921-941. Preprint is publicly available at

Schellenberg, B. J. I., & Bailis, D. S. (2019). Passionately motivated reasoning: Biased processing of passion-threatening messages. Journal of Personality, 87, 518-531.
Schellenberg, B. J. I., Verner-Filion, J., Gaudreau, P., Bailis, D. S., Lafrenière, M. -A. K., & Vallerand, R. J. (2019). Testing the dualistic model of passion using a novel quadripartite approach: A look at physical and psychological well-being. Journal of Personality, 87, 163-180. 
Tamminen, K. A., Page-Gould, E., Schellenberg, B. J. I., Palmateer, T., Thai, S., Sabiston, C. M., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2019). A longitudinal examination of interpersonal emotion regulation, social support, and team performance among varsity athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 45, 101566.
Verner-Filion, J., Schellenberg, B. J. I., Rapaport, M., Bélanger, J. J., & Vallerand, R. J. (2018). “The thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat”: Passion and emotional reactions to success and failure among recreational golfers. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 40, 280-283.

Schellenberg, B. J. I., & Bailis, D. S. (2018). When decisions are clouded by passion: A look at casino patrons. Motivation Science, 4, 274-279.

Schellenberg, B. J. I., & Bailis, D. S. (2017). Lay theories of passion in the academic domain. Educational Psychology, 37, 1029-1043. doi: 10.1080/01443410.2017.1322178

Strachan, S., Marcotte, M. M., Giller, T. M., Brunet, J., & Schellenberg, B. J. I. (2017). An online intervention to increase physical activity: Self-regulatory possible selves and the moderating role of self-efficacy. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 31, 158-165. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.05.001

Schellenberg, B. J. I., Bailis, D. S., & Mosewich, A. D. (2016). You have passion, but do you have self-compassion? Harmonious passion, obsessive passion, and responses to passion-related failure. Personality and Individual Differences, 99, 278-285. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.003

Schellenberg, B. J. I., & Bailis, D. S. (2016). The two roads of passionate goal pursuit: links with appraisal, coping, and academic achievement. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 29, 287-304. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2015.1036047

Schellenberg, B. J. I., McGrath, D. S., & Dechant, K. (2016). The Gambling Motives Questionnaire Financial: Factor structure, measurement invariance, and relationships with gambling behaviour. International Gambling Studies, 16, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/14459795.2015.1088559

Schellenberg, B. J. I., & Bailis, D. S. (2015). Can passion be polyamorous? The impact of having multiple passions on subjective well-being and momentary emotions. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16, 1365-1381. doi: 10.1007/s10902-014-9564-x

Schellenberg, B. J. I., & Bailis, D. S. (2015). Predicting longitudinal trajectories of academic passion in first-year university students.  Learning and Individual Differences, 40, 149-155. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2015.04.008

Schellenberg, B. J. I. (2014). When the going gets tough, do the passionate get going? Mind Pad, 4, 13-16.

Schellenberg, B. J. I., Gunnell, K. E., Mosewich, A. D., & Bailis, D. S. (2014).  Measurement invariance of the Passion Scale across three samples: An ESEM approach. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 18, 242-258. doi: 10.1080/1091367X.2014.942453

Schellenberg, B. J. I., Bailis, D. S., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2013).  Passionate hockey fans: Appraisals of, coping with, and attention paid to the 2012-2013 National Hockey League lockout. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 842-846. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.06.004
Schellenberg, B. J. I., Gaudreau, P., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2013).  Passion and coping: Relationships with changes in burnout and goal attainment in collegiate volleyball players. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35, 270-280.


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University of Manitoba
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Apply For Graduate Studies

Dr. Schellenberg is now accepting graduate students at both the Master’s and PhD levels.  Students interested in the area of sport/exercise psychology are encouraged to contact him via email

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