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Prof. Marc A. Fournier

Principal Investigator, Social Ecology Laboratory

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Principal Investigator of the Social Ecology Laboratory at the University of Toronto Scarborough. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in 2002, the Governor General’s Gold Medal from McGill University in 2003, and the J. S. Tanaka Dissertation Award from the Association for Research in Personality (ARP) in 2004. I am very proud to have twice ranked among the top ten finalists in TVOntario’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition, and to have served as the eleventh President of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research (SITAR). My research program is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the Ontario Research Fund (ORF).

My students and I are interested in understanding the social-ecological foundations of human social behavior. We examine how individuals, as constitutive elements of their social ecologies, both act upon others and react to them in ways that can contribute to their capacity for autonomous self-regulation as well as to their vulnerability to depression. Our research draws upon the evolutionary, humanistic, and interpersonal traditions in psychology to inform our understanding of personality structure, dynamics, and development.