Provost's Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

Education and Experience

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

         Carleton University

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

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

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

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

During the 2022-2023 academic year, I will be a visiting scholar in both the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory (Mentor: Dr. James Gross) at Stanford University, and in the Social Psychology Research Group (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann) at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany.


My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the factors that facilitate successful self-regulation and goal pursuit. 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, experience sampling), 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.


Recent News

  • New co-authored paper on perfectionism and focused self-concept in the context of gambling and disordered eating (led by collaborator and friend, Dr. Nassim Tabri) accepted at Journal of Behavioral Addictions!

  • New co-authored paper examining self-control strategies and eating behaviours using ESM  (led by collaborator and friend, Dr. Richard Lopez) accepted at Motivation and Emotion!

  • Awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to study polyregulation in everyday life using ESM.

Upcoming Presentations

  • December 2022:  Research presentation in the Affective Science Seminar in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Topic: TBD.

  • October 2022:  Research presentation in the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Topic: TBD.

  • October 2022: Research presentation in the Quantitative Social Psychology Research Group in the Department of Psychology at Durham University in Durham, England. Topic: Beyond willpower: A toolbox approach to self-control.

​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 [@] utoronto.ca