About the Lab

Lab team stands outside - members of photo appearing from left to right: Isabelle Leduc-Cummings (MA Student), Shelby Levine (MA Student), Dr. Marina Milyavskaya (Lab Director), Kaitlyn M. Werner (PhD. Student) and Leyla Bagheri (MA Student).How do people’s experiences in different areas of their lives and the goals they pursue affect their health and well-being? What are the mechanisms that underlie greater success in certain goals, and how can people improve their goal pursuit to accrue the psychological and physical benefits of attaining their goals? The research in our lab addresses these questions, examining the role of contextual and personality influences on the setting, pursuit, and accomplishment of personally important short and long-term goals, as well as the ramifications of goal pursuit on health and psychological well-being.