Profile: Tim Pychyl

Profile: Tim Pychyl


Tim Pychyl - Associate Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Pychyl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology with a cross-appointment to the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. His research in psychology is focused on the breakdown in volitional action commonly known as procrastination and its relation to personal well being (recent publications are provided below). You can learn about his research at

The winner of numerous teaching awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award and the inaugural recipient of the University Medal for Distinguished Teaching, Dr. Pychyl teaches a doctoral-seminar on university teaching in the department and supervises the doctoral student mentored-teaching program.

His most recent book is The Procrastinator’s Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. Learn more about it here.


Duvall Antonacopoulos, N. M. & Pychyl, T. A. (in press). The possible role of pet anthropomorphism and social support in the psychological health of dog owners. Society & Animals.

Duvall Antonacopoulos, N. M. & Pychyl, T. A. (2010). An examination of the potential role of pet ownership, human social support and pet attachment in the psychological health of individuals living alone. Anthrozoös, 23, 37-54.

Wohl, M.J.A., Pychyl, T.A., & Bennett, S.H. (2010). I forgive myself, now I can study: How self-forgiveness for procrastinating can reduce future procrastination. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 803-808.

Simpson, W.K., & Pychyl, T.A. (2009). In search of the arousal procrastinator: Investigating the relation between procrastination, arousal-based personality traits and beliefs about procrastination motivations. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 906-911.

Pychyl, T.A. (2009). Savouring the Flavours of Delay. English Studies in Canada. 34(2-3), 25-29.

Duvall Antonacopoulos, N. M. & Pychyl, T. A. (2008). An examination of the relations between social support, anthropomorphism and stress among dog owners. Anthrozoös, 21, 138-152.

Renon, F., Pychyl, T.A., & Motz, C. (2008). Integrating information literacy into a large-class research assignment: A case study of “Team Personality”. In T.P. Mackey & T.E. Jacobson (Eds.), Using technology to teach information literacy, New York: Neal Schuman.

Shanahan, M., & Pychyl, T.A. (2007). An ego identity perspective on volitional action: Identity status, agency, and procrastination. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 901-911.

Ferrari, J.R., & Pychyl, T.A. (2007).Regulating speed, accuracy and judgments by Indecisives: Effects of frequent choices on self-regulation depletion. Personality and Individual Differences, 42, 777-787.

Blunt, A., & Pychyl, T.A. (2005). Project systems of procrastinators: A personal project analytic and action control perspective. Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 1771-1780.

Schouwenburg,  H.C., Lay,C., Pychyl,  T.A., & Ferrari, J.R. (2004). Counseling the procrastinator in academic contexts. American Psychological Association: Washington, D.C.

Sirois, F.M., Melia-Gordon, M.L., & Pychyl, T.A. (2003). “I’ll look after my health later”: An investigation of procrastination and health. Personality and Individual Differences, 35 1167-1184.