Spring 2023

The honours students presented their research at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Event (PURE). Congratulations on a job well-done!


The lab completed its first (and hopefully not last) paper-in-a-day. Although the paper was not fully finished, a lot of progress was made. Preprint will be posted soon, but in the meantime here are some photos of the day.

Summer 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Milyavskaya for receiving a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to establish the Centre for Health and Well-Being in Daily Life! Along with Dr. Rachel Burns and Dr. Katie Gunnell, the team will combine psychophysiological data with in-the-moment assessments will provide a clearer picture of the relation between an individual’s day-to-day mental health and health behaviours. Read more about their work here.
New Paper Announcement: A team of goal lab members and alumni recently published a paper in the Journal of Research in Personality. Lead by our recently graduated PhD student, Kaitlyn Werner, alongside Dr. Milyavskaya, Shelby Levine (former MA student), and Rebecca Klimo (former honours student), this paper examined the the unique and combined effects of grit, trait self-control, and conscientiousness in predicting motivation for academic goals. Below you can find the full reference, including a link to our freely available pre-print posted on PsyArXiv.

Congratulations to Dr. Kaitlyn Werner! In June 2019, Kaitlyn was the first goal lab member to graduate from the doctoral program under the supervision of Dr. Milyavskaya (big congratulations to Dr. Milyavskaya as well!). Her thesis was entitled, The determinants of successful goal pursuit, which was a longitudinal study examining which of the many social, personality, and goal-related constructs best predict goal attainment over time. After graduation, Kaitlyn will begin a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Toronto in the Toronto Laboratory for Social Neuroscience with Dr. Michael Inzlicht.

Winter 2019

Congratulation to Dr. Milyavskaya for receiving the 2019 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award! Sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International), these awards recognize faculty who render exceptional service to graduate students as supervisors and research mentors. For the 2019 application season, Dr. Milyavskaya was one of seven faculty members who were recognized for their amazing and transformational mentorship to their graduate students.

Congratulations to Jessica for receiving the Master’s Research Scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ)! This scholarship supports research excellence by providing the best applicants with financial assistance to undertake or pursue a master’s or doctoral research program in social sciences, humanities, arts and literature fields.
Congratulations to Jessica and Aidan for both receiving the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for the 2019-2020 academic year! The Ontario Graduate Scholarship is an annual merit-based scholarship awarded to master’s and doctoral students completing their studies at a university in Ontario, Canada.
Congratulation to Kaitlyn for being awarded the SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship! The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is a competitive program (only 24 fellowships were awarded in the social sciences and 70 in total) that aims to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. The official results announcement and list of award recipients can be found here.