UBC Psychology faculty and graduate students receive SSHRC funding to advance their research



On July 17, 2019, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced more than $285 million for over 6,900 researchers and graduate students across Canada.

This investment, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), will fund psychology research in areas including infant moral development, human social attention, daily stress and coping, bilingualism, and religion and the environment.

Funding was awarded for the Insight Grants, Insight Development Grants, Partnership Grants, and Partnership Development Grants.

The following psychology faculty received funding for these projects:

Insight Grants: 2018-19 Competition 

  • Dr. Elizabeth Dunn received $163,716 for the research project Hello stranger: Intrapersonal and interpersonal strategies for promoting interactions between strangers. The co-applicant is Dr. Jeremy Biesanz.
  • Dr. Kiley Hamlin received $381,845 for the research project Mapping the origins of human morality: A comprehensive longitudinal study of moral development from birth through age 3. The collaborator is Dr. Amori Mikami.
  • Dr. Steven Heine received $301,567 for the research project Economic Inequality and Status Strivings.
  • Dr. Alan Kingstone received $136,250 for the research project Human social attention.
  • Dr. Kristin Laurin received $148,210 for the research project System justification: Self-regulatory causes and unintended emotional consequences.
  • Dr Ara Norenzayan received $175,644 for the research project Religion, Spirituality, and Moral Concern for the Environment.
  • Dr. Victoria Savalei received $80,800 for the research project Improving measures of self-report.
  • Dr. Nancy Sin received $252,740 for the research project The unfolding of positive events in daily stress and coping processes. The co-applicant is Dr. Anita Delongis.
  • Dr. Janet Werker received $312,710 for the research project Bilingualism as a lens for understanding lexical development in infancy. The co-applicant is Dr. Geoffrey Hall.

Insight Development Grants: 2019-20 Competition

  • Dr. Connor Kerns received $45,970 for the research project Social Exclusion, Social Communication and Psychological Well-being in Emerging Adulthood. The co-applicant is Dr. Daniela Palombo and the collaborator is Dr. Frances Chen.
  • Dr. Paul Hewitt is a co-applicant for the research project The Multi-dimensional Conceptualization and Assessment of Interpersonal Loyalty.
  • Dr. Darko Odic is a co-applicant for the research project Robotics Education for a New Generation of STEM: Developing Novel Measurement Tools & Assessing Learning Outcomes.
  • Dr. Nancy Sin received $70,817 for the project Positive emotional well-being and aging: A daily process approach.

Partnership Development Grants: 2018-19 Competition

  • Dr. Ann Cameron is a co-applicant for the research project Rohingya refugee children and youth: Development and facilitation of prosocial behavior in mega-camp contexts.
“The social sciences and humanities are integral towards building a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada. Since taking office, our government has worked hard to put science and research back to their rightful place. Today’s grant recipients will help us make informed decisions about our communities, economy, health and future prosperity.”
Minister of Science and Sport

SSHRC Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships were also announced.

The following psychology graduate students received support for these projects:

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships: 2019-20 Competition ($80,000 each)

  • Holly Engstrom Investigating why socioeconomic status (SES) is related to how people believe others see them, how this impacts risk-taking and inequality, and how intervening can improve outcomes for low SES people.
  • Luo, Yu Sociocultural influences on climate change perception and action.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships—MA: 2019-20 Competition ($17,500 each)

  • Ashley Battaglini Personality, Stress and Thinking Styles.
  • Mikayla Pachkowski Personality Traits that Facilitate the Decision to Die by Suicide: The role of eccentric perceptions.
  • Bita Zareian Individual Differences in Anhedonia: The Role of Responses to Positive Emotions.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral: 2019-20 Competition ($105,000 each)

  • Raechel Drew The continuity of moral development across early childhood.
  • Charlotte Roddick Listen to the heart: The effects of loneliness on heart rate variability and well-being.

READ THE ANNOUNCEMENT |  FULL LIST OF SSHRC FUNDING RECIPIENTS