RAW Lab News
Grace Wang received the Undergraduate Student Poster Award at the 2021 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology for her honours thesis titled “The impact of emotion regulation on personal, relational, and motivational outcomes.”
Emily Impett will start a 4-year term as a Senior (Co-Lead) Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin in January 2021.
Graduate student, Rebecca Horne, received a SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement to conduct a research project on compromise in relationships with Dr. Francesca Righetti in Amsterdam in 2021.
Undergraduate thesis student, Grace Wang, received the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Certificate of Academic Excellence for her undergraduate honours thesis.
Emily Impett received a Research and Scholarly Activity Fund (RSAF) from the Office VP-Research at UTM for a project titled “Love in the works: Promoting trailing partners’ well-being after job relocation.”
- Graduate student, Natalie Sisson, was awarded a Research Training Award (2020) from MITACS to support her research on narcissism and partner change.
- Emily Impett was elected a Fellow of the International Association for Relationship Research (2020).
Emily Impett was awarded a five-year SSHRC Insight Grant for her research on sexual rejection titled ”Avoiding pain or approaching connection: Navigating sexual rejection in romantic relationships” (2020-2025).
- Graduate student Nathan Leonhardt was awarded a SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in the 2019-2020 competition. Congratulations Nathan!
- Emily Impett was promoted to Full Professor, effective July 1, 2019.
- Lab manager, Eric Tu, will begin as a Masters student at York University under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Muise in Fall 2019.
- Emily Impett (along with co-authors Samantha Joel, Stephanie Spielmann, and Geoff MacDonald) received a 2018 Preregistration Challenge Prize from the Center for Open Science for their paper: Joel, S., Impett, E. A., Spielmann, S., & MacDonald, G. (2018). How interdependent are stay/leave decisions? On staying in the relationship for the sake of the romantic partner. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115, 805-824.
- Graduate student Rebecca Horne was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in the 2018-2019 competition. The Vanier scholarships are awarded to doctoral students who demonstrate a high level of academic excellence, research potential, and leadership. Congratulations Rebecca!
- RAWlab will welcome three new members this fall: postdoctoral fellow Katie Carswell (who received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University), PhD student Nathan Leonhardt (who will receive his MA from Brigham Young University), and MA student Natalie Sisson (who will receive her Bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University). Welcome Katie, Nathan, and Natalie!
- Mariko Visserman received her Ph.D. (cum laude) in Psychology from Vrjie University, Amsterdam. Lab members Emily Impett, Bonnie Le, and Anik Debrot were there to celebrate and mark the occasion.
- Mariko Visserman was awarded “Best Paper Award from the Kurt Lewin Institute (KLI) for the article “It’s the motive that counts: Perceived sacrifice motives and gratitude in romantic relationships”, received at the biannual KLI conference in Zeist, The Netherlands (April, 2018).
- Mariko Visserman was awarded the 2018 Best Student Paper Award from the Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology for her paper titled “It’s the perceived motive that counts! Perceptions of a romantic partner’s sacrifice motives and the emergence of gratitude” published in Emotion.
- Emily Impett was awarded the inaugural UTM Annual Research Prize in the Social Sciences from the Office VP-Research, UTM.
- Congratulations to James Kim for being awarded a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship.
- Emily Impett was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a project titled “Not in the mood? A conflict negotiation perspective on sexual rejection in romantic relationships.”
- Emily Impett was awarded two SSHRC Insight Grants for her collaborative work with Dr. Amy Muise of York University (“Broadening Your Horizons: Self-Expansion and the Maintenance of Desire and Satisfaction in Romantic Relationships”) and Dr. Natalie Rosen of Dalhousie University (“From Partners to Parents: Sexual Expectations of Couples during the Transition to Parenthood”).
- Emily Impett was elected as a Fellow to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).
- Congratulations to Lisa Day for receiving honorable mention for the GEF (Graduate Expansion Fund) Research Impact Award from the Department of Psychology at UTM for her paper (co-authored with Amy Muise, Samantha Joel, and Emily Impett) titled “To do it or not to do it? How communally motivated people navigate sexual interdependence dilemmas” published in PSPB in 2015.
- Former postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University in July 2016.
- Postdoctoral fellow John Sakaluk will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria in July 2016.
- Former postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise received the Canadian Psychological Association President New Researcher award in 2016.
- Graduate student Lisa Day received a Graduate Student Poster Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).
- Postdoctoral fellow Jenny Stellar will start as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga on July 1, 2016.
- Postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise and Professor Emily Impett’s work has recently been featured in several hundred news outlets around the world:
- Professor Emily Impett was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her research titled: “An Interpersonal Goals Perspective on the Boons and Banes of Parenting.”
Emily Impett was awarded tenure — she is now an Associate Professor!
- Emily Impett was awarded a Working Group Grant from the Office of VP-Research, UTM to fund the Toronto Relationships Interest Group.
- Bonnie Le was awarded the Ken Dion Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Ken Dion Award recognizes one outstanding graduate student in the Social Personality Research Group for excellence in research.
- Bonnie Le received the 2015 UTM Graduate Student Research award, a prestigious award that recognizes excellence in research across all graduate programs at UTM.
- Bonnie Le was awarded the Best Graduate Student Talk award for 2014-2015 from the Social Personality Research Group at U of T.
- Prof. Impett was awarded a Research and Scholarly Activity Fund from the University of Toronto Mississauga, Office of the Vice-Principal, Research for a project titled: “Not in the Mood? Development and validation of the sexual rejection scale.”
- Research by Prof Emily Impett and postdoc Amy Muise has been featured on the website DatingAdvice.com in an article titled “7 Sex Studies That Will Blow Your Mind” http://www.datingadvice.com/studies/7-sex-studies-that-will-blow-your-mind
- Congratulations to Bonnie Le who was selected as one of the five winners of the Graduate Student Committee Outstanding Research Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Bonnie will receive her award at the SPSP meeting this February in Long Beach, CA.
- Prof. Impett is the receipient of the 2015 Sage Young Scholar Award. This award, which is supported by a generous donation from Sage Publications, is presented annually to five young scholars to recognize their outstanding contributions to personality and social psychology. The awardees each receive a grant of $5,000 for research, study, or career development.
- Research by Emily Impett, Amy Muise, and Lisa Day was featured in a 7-page article in the popular Canadian magazine, The Walrus. See here: http://thewalrus.ca/just-do-it/
- Samantha Joel was the recipient of a 2014 Student Publication Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology for the paper: Joel, S., Gordon, A., Impett, E. A., MacDonald, G., & Keltner, D. (2013). The things you do for me: Perceptions of a romantic partner’s investments promote gratitude and commitment. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1333-1345.
- Lisa Day, a doctoral student in the RAWLab, received the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Canadian Psychological Association for her Masters thesis.
- Research by postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise and Professor Emily Impett was featured in Women’s Health Magazine and Shape Magazine:
- Professor Emily Impett was awarded an Early Researcher Award (Round 9) from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.
- Professor Emily Impett, along with postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise, was awarded a 5-year Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
- Professor Emily Impett received the Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement from the International Association for Relationship Research. She will receive the award at the IARR conference this summer in Melbourne, Australia.
- Research by Professor Emily Impett and graduate student Bonnie Le was featured in LiveScience:Money, Sleep and Love: What Makes a Happy Parent?
- Research by Professor Emily Impett and graduate student Bonnie Le was featured in Psychology Today:Sacrifice in Relationships: Do You Go That Extra Mile?
- Research by postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise and Professor Emily Impett was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal: The Real Reason Couples Have Sex
- Professor Emily Impett accepted an invitation to join the Board of Consulting Editors of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2014-2016 term).
- Research by graduate student Bonnie Le and Professor Emily Impett was cited in a story in the Wall Street Journal:The Friendship Bank: How and Why Even the Most Giving Friend Expects Payback
- Amy Muise receives a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to remain in the RAWLab for another two years! Read article here: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/research-profile-research-news-general/love-s- labour-s-won
- Behzad Asaybi-Eshghi, an undergraduate honors student and incoming graduate student in the RAWLab was just named as one of U of T’s “grads to watch.“
- Four RAWLab members were recently awarded with graduate fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Lisa Day received a four-year SSHRC doctoral fellowship, Jessica Maxwell received a three-year CGS SSHRC doctoral fellowship, and Behzad Asyabi-Eshghi and Leyla Javam were awarded Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS SSHRC Masters fellowships.
- Research by Professor Emily Impett and postdoc Amy Muise was recently featured in several news outlets:
- Huffington Post: Having more sex in long-term relationships can be relatively simple, study finds
- Wall Street Journal: He says ‘more’ and she says ‘no’
- Professor Emily Impett accepted an invitation to join the Board of Consulting Editors of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2013-2014 term).
- Graduate student Bonnie Le was featured on Relationship Matters: The Podcast of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Listen to Bonnie discuss work on the rewards of a communal orientation here: http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2013/4/16/is-there-really-a- benefit-to-being-nice-to-others-relationsh.html
Post-doctoral fellow, Amy Muise, was featured in a story for U of T news about Valentine’s Day. She discussed findings from a recent paper with Dr. Emily Impett indicating that people who are more satisfied in their romantic relationships are more likely to post dyadic profile pictures and information about their relationship on Facebook. Read interview here:
- Graduate student Bonnie Le was one of seven winners of the Student Poster Award Competition at the 2013 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Meeting. This award recognizes undergraduate or graduate poster presentations characterized by excellence in research, clarity in presentation, and personal knowledge in a discussion with the judges.
- Postdoctoral fellow Alex Kogan has just begun a new position as University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge.
- The Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within the Society for Personality and Social Psychology has announced that Dr. Emily Impett has been named the 2013 Caryl E. Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award winner. The Caryl E. Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award recognizes an early career investigator who is making significant contributions to research on close relationships as evidenced by an outstanding record of important and innovative research in the general area of close relationships. Dr. Impett was recognized for her impressive body of empirical work, as well as for her important theoretical contributions to relationship science.
- Postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise has been featured on o.canada.com where she discusses a recent paper she has written with Dr. Emily Impett. Read full interview here: Look how in love we are! Facebook photos linked to relationship satisfaction
- Postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise discusses her recent paper on sexual communal strength (co-authored by Emily Impett and Alex Kogan) on Dan Savage’s podcast, Savage Love. Listen to the full interview here:http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/SavageLovePodcast/Page/
- Bonnie Le awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship: Graduate student Bonnie Le was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in the 2011-2012 competition. The Vanier scholarships are awarded to doctoral students who demonstrate a high level of academic excellence, research potential, and leadership. Please see the following link for more detail on this award: http://www.vanier.gc.ca/eng/nr-co/nr-co-20120830.aspx
- Graduate student Bonnie Le, who has recently been awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is featured on the UTM website. Find the written article here: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/main-news-research-news-general/sunny-days
- Postdoctoral fellow’s Aleksandr Kogan and Professor Emily Impett’s work has recently been featured in news outlets around the world:
- BBC: Social gene spotted in 20 seconds, says researchers
- CNN: Is empathy in our genes?
- Time: Telltale signs you’ve got the ‘love hormone’ gene?
- MSNBC: Empathy may be in your genes—and on your face and Strangers spot people with compassionate genes in seconds
- Discover Magazine: OXTR gene produces differences in kind behaviour that people can spot in 20 seconds
- US News and World Report: Does a gene make people seem kinder?
- Huffington Post: A kindness gene? Researchers say caring, trustworthiness may be in our DNA
- New Scientist: Single gene can make you appear kinder
- LiveScience: Strangers spot people with compassionate genes in seconds
- WebMD: Body language reveals ‘Empathy Gene’
- Health.com: Is Empathy in Our Genes?
- Vancouver Sun: Being a jerk could be in your genes
- Canada.com: Being a jerk could be in your genes
- World News Australia: Single gene can make you appear kinder
- Nine News MSN: Strangers can spot ‘kindness’ gene: study
- Sidney Morning Herald: Gene linked to kindness
- Herald Sun: Strangers can spot ‘kindness’ gene: study
- News.com.au: Strangers can spot ‘kindness’ gene: study
- Postdoctoral fellow Amy Muise discussed her research on jealousy and facebook on The Morning Show today. You can see the full interview here: http://www.globaltoronto.com/Pages/MorningSegment.aspx?id=6442510083
- Professor Emily Impett is featured on the UTM website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/
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- Professor Emily Impett discusses her research on love and parenting in an interview with the University of Toronto’s Bulletin magazine. Find the written article here: http://news.utoronto.
ca/_bulletin/2011-07-19.pdfand audio interview here: http://www.news. utoronto.ca/joy-parenting-and- adult-children