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Provost's Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Pennsylvania

Education and Experience

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

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

  • Provost's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2021-
    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

I am a Provost's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. I am 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, I was 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 a PhD Student in Social, Personality, and Healthy Psychology in the Goal Pursuit and Self-Regulation Lab (Mentor: Dr. Marina Milyavskaya) at Carleton University.

My research takes a multi-method and interdisciplinary approach to understand the factors that facilitate successful self-regulation, goal pursuit, and well-being. I also have 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). Outside of the lab, I am also an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science.

About Me

Recent News

  • Our theoretical paper, Self-control: An integrative framework (with Dr. Brett Ford), was recently accepted for publication at Social and Personality Psychology Compass! The revised pre-print has been updated on PsyArXiv.

  • Starting January 2023, I will join the editorial board at Emotion!

  • New empirical paper, Strategy repertoire and goal attainment, is now available as a pre-print! This work was conducted in collaboration with Raymond Wu (my wonderful former honours thesis student) and Dr. Malte Friese.

Upcoming Presentations

  • June 2023:  Research presentation at the Self-Determination Theory Conference, Orlando, FL. Topic: Harnessing the power of motivation to promote lasting behaviour change (with Brett Q. Ford, Malte Friese, & Wilhelm Hofmann).

  • April 2023:  Research presentation in the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Topic: TBD.

  • March 2023:  Poster presentation at the Society for Affective Science in Long Beach, CA. Topic: Motivation and the perception of desire (with Brett Q. Ford, Malte Friese, & Wilhelm Hofmann)

  • March 2023: Research presentation at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Topic: TBD

​Interested in having me speak to your group or organization on the science of self-control, motivation, and goal pursuit?  Let's chat! 
Email me at kaitlyn.werner [@]

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