Robert J. Vallerand, Ph.D.
Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social
Département de Psychologie
Université du Québec à Montréal
Dr. Vallerand is a distinguished member of the Canadian Psychological Association (among many other organizations- see below), achieving Fellow status and contributing greatly to the field of psychology. As past-chair of the Canadian Psychological Association, and also of the Sport and Exercise psychology section many years before it was re-instated in 2005, we are proud to have Dr. Vallerand as a member of our sport and exercise section!!! Congratulations on your impressive accomplishments!
After receiving his Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal, Dr. Vallerand pursued postdoctoral studies in Experimental Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo. He is presently Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social in the Department of psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he teaches experimental social psychology and human motivation. Dr. Vallerand has written or edited 4 books and around 200 articles and book chapters mainly in the area of motivation. His work has been cited more than 3000 times. He has also been awarded numerous research grants. He has served as chair of the Psychology Department, President of both the Quebec and the Canadian Psychological Associations, and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences. He is currently editorial board member of several international journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Motivation and Emotion, the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and several others. He has supervised a number of doctoral and postdoctoral students, including 15 who are now university professors. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and an elected member of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. Dr. Vallerand has also received the Adrien-Pinard career award from the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology and the Sport Science Award from the International Olympic Committee. Dr. Vallerand's research interests focus on the role of motivational processes in optimal functioning in various domains (including sport) across the lifespan.
2010 CPA President's New Researcher Awards Recipients
Dr. Patrick Gaudreau of the University of Ottawa is one of three winners. Patrick’s research is related toself-regulation and motivational processes in sport, education, and health settings. Congratulations Patrick!
The Sport and Exercise Psychology section reviewers voted for the Top Student Abstract based on conference submissions. This award honoured at the 2008 annual convention is the first award given by our section.
2008: Kara Murray, University of Victoria: Title: DO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PROTECT YOUTH FROM ENGAGING IN RISKY DRINKING BEHAVIORS
2009: Eric Donahue, Université du Quebec at Montreal .
2010: Valerie Hadd, University of British Columbia. Title: PREDICTING QUALITY OF LIFE IN BREAST CANCCER SURVIVORS: THE INFLUENCE OF OPTIMISM, STRESSORS, STRESS APPRAISAL, AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS
2011: Alexandre Lavoie, University of Trois Rivières
2012: Amber Mosewich, University of British Columbia. Examining the factor structure of the Self-Compassion Scale in Athletic Populations
What is sport psychology?
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This Profiles in Psychology article was originally published in the Psychologists' Association of Alberta July issue of Psymposium, Volume 17, Number 2.