Principal Investigator - Brett Q. Ford
Brett began a position as assistant professor - and director of the Affective Science & Health Laboratory - in the psychology department at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2016. She completed her doctoral training in social-personality from the University of California, Berkeley after receiving her B.A. in psychology and M.A. in social-personality psychology from Boston College.
Brett’s research examines the basic science and health implications of how individuals think about and manage their emotions. Her research uses multi-method and interdisciplinary approaches — including experiential, behavioural, and physiological assessments — to examine the structure of emotion beliefs and emotion regulation strategies, the cultural, biological, and psychological factors that shape these beliefs and strategies, and the implications of these beliefs and strategies for health and well-being.
Undergraduate and post-graduate Researchers
Veerpal completed her undergraduate degree in Mental Health studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and is currently the lab manager of the Toronto Laboratory of Social Neuroscience. She has a keen interest in exploring emotion regulation, specifically the role it plays in psychological wellbeing, as well as understanding the interactions between affect (i.e., state affect, recognition, and regulation) and cognition within social interactions.
I am a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where I completed a Research Specialist in Psychology. I am mainly interested in emotion regulation and how it is related to well-being, beliefs about emotions, decision-making, and behaviour. I am also interested in the efficacy of emotion regulation in various contexts. I am keen on pursuing these research interests in graduate school.
Wenyi is a fourth year undergraduate student, specializing in psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is broadly interested in the application of psychology in solving workplace issues for both organizations and individuals. She is also interested in how psychology can be applied in human learning.