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.
Arasteh is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where she completed a Research Specialist in Psychology. She is mainly interested in emotion regulation and how it is related to well-being, beliefs about emotions, decision-making, and behaviour. She is also interested in the efficacy of emotion regulation in various contexts. Arasteh is 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.
Angela is pursuing her Specialist degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is completing her undergraduate honours thesis with Dr. Ford. She is exploring the predictors of emotion regulation choices, and psychological health outcomes that are affected by these choices. Broadly, she aims to assess how individual traits, family dynamics, and culture influence socio-emotional and behavioural adjustment, as well as identifying effective means of promoting eudaimonic well-being and resilience. Apart from research, Angela loves playing board games and online games, travelling, and resisting the urge to pet puppies.