GEOFF MACDONALD, PHD
Professor of Psychology
I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. I hold a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo. Prior to coming to Toronto, I was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at Wake Forest University and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
PhD, Year 5
I am interested in both the dark and light side of romantic relationships. On the dark side, what prevents people from self-disclosing and ultimately feeling disconnected from their relationship partner? On the light side, how do people provide adequate social support to their partner and help them overcome deep-seated fears of connection? Through understanding both the fears and facilitators of opening up, I hope to shed some light on how best to foster a sense of intimacy and connection in romantic relationships.
PhD, Year 4
My research interests focus on how people maintain their close relationships. I am interested in examining individual and interpersonal factors that influence people's experience of relationship challenges such as disillusionment, boredom or temptations of infidelity. I am also interested in people's biased perceptions and expectations during relationship initiation that may be linked to maladaptive outcomes over the long term.
PhD, Year 5
I'm interested in both the history of psychology and the sociology of scientific knowledge. My primary research uses text analysis of academic journals to investigate knowledge transmission between psychology departments and business schools. My other lines of work include a historical analysis of the peace psychology movement as well as research on the link between attachment avoidance and internalized stigma in members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Affiliated Graduate Students
SZE YUH NINA WANG
PhD, Year 4
My research applies computational text analysis methods to social psychology, particularly moral and political psychology. I am interested in the moral language used in the realm of politics and surrounding issues like substance use disorders and sexuality.
Research Opportunities Program Students
Undergraduate Honours Thesis Student
Yuchen Helena Qin
Individual Project Student
Laura Bustos Rodriguez