Active research areas

Faculty are currently seeking research-based applicants in the following areas:

Self-regulated Learning and the Psychology of Learning and Instruction

Dr. Allyson Hadwin is actively recruiting PhD students interested in researching:

  1. cognitive, motivational, socio-emotional, behavioural and metacognitive challenges encountered during academic studying
  2. tools and technologies that promote academic success in studying and teamwork
  3. the efficacy of metacognitive awareness tools and visualizations for promoting adaptive regulation

Applicants should have a Masters degree (with thesis) in Psychology, Educational Psychology or a related area, and an interest in working with complex data sets in authentic learning contexts. Students on my team are encouraged to develop advanced quantitative research skills in multi-level modelling as well as qualitative analysis skills and experience.

Successful applicants will be offered a research assistantship of up to $20,000 renewable for 3 years funded through a $349,330 SSHRC insight grant [Hadwin (PI)]. Funding can be supplemented by opportunities to teach in our undergraduate course on Learning Strategies for University Success. Applicants will be considered for University Entrance Scholarships which are adjudicated by an awards committee based on academic performance.

Interested applicants should review the admissions requirements for our PhD program to ensure they meet requirements for admission and send a letter of introduction clearly outlining fit with the description above to Dr. Allyson Hadwin ().

Student Success Outcomes and Trajectories

Dr. Allyson Hadwin is actively recruiting PhD students interested in researching measures of student success outcomes and trajectories in post-secondary contexts. The goal of this research will to be identify and compare changes in student success trajectories during and after interventions designed to

  1. address heavy drinking and substance misuse
  2. academic success
  3. socio-emotional wellness.

Applicants should have

  1. a Masters degree (with thesis) in Psychology, Educational Psychology, Statistics, Measurement, or a related area
  2. an interest in working with large institutional data sets, and longitudinal data

Students will be expected to develop advanced quantitative research skills in multi-level modelling and structural equation modelling.

Successful applicants will be offered a research assistantship of up to $20,000 renewable for 4 years funded through a $2,500,000 SSHRC partnership grant [Sherry Stewart (PI), Hadwin (Co-I)]. Funding can be supplemented by opportunities to teach in our undergraduate course on Learning Strategies for University Success. Applicants will be considered for University Entrance Scholarships which are adjudicated by an awards committee based on academic performance.

Interested applicants should review the admissions requirements for our PhD program to ensure they meet requirements for admission and send a letter of introduction clearly outlining fit with the description above to Dr. Allyson Hadwin ().

Academic Motivation and Self-regulated Learning

Dr. Sungjun Won is currently recruiting M.A. and Ph.D. students who are interested in researching

  1. the roles of motivation and self-regulated learning in students’ academic success
  2. social and contextual factors promoting motivational and self-regulatory processes STEM interest and engagement
Applicants should have interest in learning advanced statistical analysis, including structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling, and/or mixture modeling.

Applications for Ph.D. should have a Master’s degree (with thesis) in Psychology, Educational Psychology or a related area. Successful applicants will be considered for a research assistantship and/or a teaching assistantship (teaching an undergraduate course on Learning Strategies for University Success). Applicants will be also considered for University Entrance Scholarships, which are adjudicated by an awards committee based on academic performance.

Interested applicants should review the admissions requirements for our PhD program to ensure they meet requirements for admission and send a letter of introduction clearly outlining fit with the description above to Dr. Sungjun Won ().

Post-Doctoral Research

Within Canada in our disciplinary area, post-docs are normally (a) self-funded, or (b) funded through grants to a particular faculty member. Students interested in applying for Post-Doc funding should first identify a potential funding source, then contact the specific faculty member in their area of interest to discuss possibilities. Post-doctoral positions that are funded by specific grants to faculty members are usually publicly advertised. Candidates are then selected from an applicant pool.