SSHRC Insight Grants awarded to psychology researchers

A total of forty projects led by UBC researchers were awarded a combined $6.6 million.

Congratulations to the UBC Psychology faculty and their research collaborators who received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as part of the 2022 Insight Grant competition.

Through this funding our researchers will explore how youth learn to cope with stress, the sexual well-being of couples, infertility and women’s well-being, and how to reduce harm in social housing hoarding.


Dr. Samantha Dawson
Co-applicants: Dr. Katrina Bouchard (UBCV, Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Dr. Jessica Lougheed (UBCO Psychology), Dr. Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Psychology)
Project: Interpersonal up-regulation of positive emotion and couples’ sexual well-being: A dyadic observational, physiological, daily, and longitudinal investigation

“We're interested in examining how romantic partners navigate emotional experiences together and the effect this has on their sexual well-being day-to-day and over the course of their relationship. Results of this research will help us to understand how some couples manage to maintain high levels of sexual well-being over time, contributing to the longevity, stability, and quality of their relationship. This investment from SSHRC will foster collaborations across departments and institutions, as well as provide invaluable support for students.”
Assistant professor, UBC Psychology

Dr. Joelle LeMoult
Co-applicant: Dr. Katerina Rnic
Project: Co-rumination and the Tripartite Model of Familial Influence: A Longitudinal Examination of Co-rumination Across the Transition to Adolescence

“I am incredibly honoured to be among the individuals who were awarded an Insight Grant this year. This funding will allow our research team to better understand the way youth regulate their emotions and cope with stress. Given the potential benefits that this research has for youth, we are incredibly excited and grateful to have received a SSHRC Insight Grant.”
Assistant Professor, UBC Psychology

Dr. Daniela Palombo
Co-applicant: Dr. Samantha Dawson
Collaborator: Dr. Ryan Flannigan (Orological Sciences)
Project: A Woman’s journey to parenthood: memory, self schema, and well­being during fertility treatment

“I am grateful to receive funding from SSHRC to support a research topic that pertains to an understudied but important topic in women’s health. Infertility is common in Canadian women and worldwide. Yet, in spite of how common it is, the psychosocial factors that impact a women’s well-being during their fertility journey are poorly understood.”
Assistant Professor, UBC Psychology

Dr. Sheila Woody
Co-applicant: Dr. Christiana Bratiotis (School of Social Work)
Project: Preserving tenancy and dignity: Reducing harm potential due to hoarding in social housing

“This research investment is essential to generate fresh ideas, insights and perspectives on the human and societal dimensions of key challenges facing Canadians.”
President, SSHRC

Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years. Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge.