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NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Oregon

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Education and Experience

  • NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2023-
    University of Oregon, USA

  • Visiting Scholar, Approach-Avoidance Motivation Research Group, 2024
    University of Rochester, USA

  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, 2022-
    Stanford University, USA

  • Visiting Scholar, Social Psychology Research Group, 2023
    Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • Provost's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2021-2023
    University of Pennsylvania, USA

  • SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2019-2022
    University of Toronto, Canada

  • PhD in Social, Personality, and Health Psychology, 2015-2019
    Carleton University, Canada

  • Visiting Scholar, Social Cognition Center Cologne, 2018
    University of Cologne, Germany

  • MSc in Social Psychology, 2013-2015
    University of Victoria, Canada

  • BA (with distinction and honours) in Psychology, 2009-2013
    University of Rochester, USA

Kaitlyn M. Werner, PhD is an NIH Diversity Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory (Mentor: Dr. Elliot Berkman) at the University of Oregon. She is also a research affiliate collaborating with the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory (Mentor: Dr. James Gross) at Stanford University and the Social Psychology Research Group (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann) at Ruhr University Bochum. Previously, Dr. Werner was a Provost's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow and UTSC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Affective Science and Health Laboratory (Mentor: Dr. Brett Ford) at the University of Toronto, and completed her doctoral studies in Social, Personality, and Health Psychology in the Goal Pursuit and Self-Regulation Lab (Mentor: Dr. Marina Milyavskaya) at Carleton University.

Dr. Werner's research takes a multi-method and interdisciplinary approach to understand the factors that facilitate successful self-regulation, goal pursuit, and well-being. She also has a strong interest in measurement (e.g., construct and ecological validity), advanced quantitative methods (e.g., multilevel SEM, Bayesian statistics), research design (e.g., experimental, longitudinal, EMA), and meta-science (e.g., transparent and reproducible research practices). 

About Me

Recent News

  • Our symposium, Emotional Mechanisms of Behaviour Change: Implications for Theory and Practice, was accepted to be presented at the Annual Convention for the Association of Psychological Science in San Francisco! This symposium was co-organized by Michelle (Lani) Shiota and Kaitlyn Werner, and features work by ourselves alongside our amazing colleagues, Stephanie Marita Carpenter and Jennifer Lerner.

  • Our team was awarded the Committee for Inclusive Community Research Award from the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon! Led by Kaitlyn Werner, alongside a team of fabulous mentees, Denicia Aragon, Sylas Wilson, and Ava Arom, we will examine the associations between socioeconomic status, emotion regulation strategies, and health behaviour.

  • Kaitlyn Werner was awarded an Unrestricted Travel Grant from Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology!

  • Kaitlyn Werner was awarded an NIH Diversity Supplement Grant from the National Cancer Institute! In collaboration with Elliot Berkman, this grant supports our project, Regulatory flexibility and smoking behavior: Examining within-strategy variation in effectiveness as a function of craving intensity.

  • ​Kaitlyn Werner received the Research Exchange Grant for Young Motivation Scientists from the Society for the Study of Motivation! This grant provides support for me to be a visiting scholar with Dr. Andrew J. Elliot at the University of Rochester during the 2023-2024 academic year.

  • Our theoretical paper, Self-control: An integrative framework (co-authored by Kaitlyn Werner and Brett Ford) has been officially published open access at Social and Personality Psychology Compass! 

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

  • August 2024: Invited symposium at the European Conference on Personality, Berlin, Germany. Topic: Regulatory flexibility and behaviour change: A process model framework.

  • May 2024: Research presentation in the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Topic: TBD 

  • May 2024: Research presentation at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA. Topic: Integrating self-regulation and affect science perspectives to promote health behaviour change: A process model framework (with Elliot T. Berkman & James J. Gross).

  • April 2024: Research presentation at the Committee for Inclusive Community Blitz and Bonanza, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. Topic: Socioeconomic status and emotion regulation.

  • April 2024: Invited keynote address at the First Annual Psychology Early Career Conference, Durham University, Durham, UK. 

  • March 2024: Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Brighton, UK. Topic: A polyregulation approach to health behaviour change (with James J. Gross).

  • March 2024: Flash talk at the Annual Conference for the Society for Affective Science (SAS), New Orleans, LA. Topic: Emotion regulation flexibility: A process model framework (with Kate Petrova & James J. Gross).

  • March 2024: Poster at the SAS Emotion Regulation Pre-Conference, New Orleans, LA. Topic: Unpacking the complexity of emotion polyregulation (with Kate Petrova, Andero Uusberg, Helen Uusberg, & James J. Gross).

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