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Principal Investigator

Geoff MacDonad, 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.

Graduate Students


PhD, Year 1

My research interests revolve around how people foster social connection. I am fascinated by how individual differences, like personality traits, can interact with interpersonal factors to sustain well-being in relationships and singlehood. My other interests include how individuals maintain meaning in life, magnanimity, and resilience through social connections.

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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.



Lab Manager

Lab manager

Graduate Students

Research Assistants

Undergraduate Students





Undergraduate Honours Thesis Student

Elisabetta Canaletti

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Student

Jennifer Belanger

Research Assistants

Akanksha George

Alex Rose

Aliah Janoudy

Angeline Wiseman

Estella Sanchez

Gleb Poliakov

Jihyun (Paige) Kim

Marta Shahezian

Mishel Alexandrovsky

Nathalia Calderon-Carvajal

Netta Halevy

Nina Scerri Diacono

Nour Hakim

Osanna Ramkissoon

Samantha Lau

Sara Jani

Simone Rusu

Valeria Khudiakova

Victoria Zhang

Vikki Pham

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