People

 

 

Contact:

richard.koestner{at}mcgill.ca

(514) 398-6110

2001 McGill College, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G1, Room 1456

 

Dr. Richard Koestner

 

 

          Richard Koestner is a professor of Psychology at McGill University where he has conducted research on human motivation for 25 years. Richard received his PhD from the University of Rochester where he worked with Ed Deci and Richard Ryan on research related to self-determination theory. He also worked with Miron Zuckerman on research related to personality. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University and Boston University where he worked with David McClelland on research related to implicit motives.

 


           Richard has published over 125 scientific articles and his recent work focuses on the importance of autonomy in the effective pursuit of personal goals. Twenty of Richard's PhD students have successfully graduated with PhD's.

Richard received the 2007 Canadian Psychological Association award for excellence in teaching and training. He subsequently won Principal's Prize for excellence in teaching from McGill University (2008).

 

 

 

Doctoral Students

Dr. Anne Holding, Ph.D.

 

        Anne is currently in her sixth year of graduate studies in McGill's Clinical Psychology program, under the supervision of Dr. Koestner. She received her B.A. in Psychology (Honours) from McGill University in 2013. Currently, Anne is pursuing two lines of research. The first focuses on discovering how we successfully  disengage from unfruitful or unattainable goals. In particular, Anne is interested to examine whether autonomous motivation for goal disengagement facilitates the disengagement process. Currently, Anne is collaborating with Sport Canada to discover how elite athletes successfully discengage from their athletic careers in retirement.

 

        In a second line of research, Anne is studying the motivational antecedents to experiencing an action crisis in personal goal pursuit. Anne has found that experiencing autonomous motivation for goals is associated with less severe action crises.

 

Researchgate:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anne_Holding

 

Linkedin:

http://ca.linkedin.com/in/anneholding

 

 

 

 

Emily Moore, Ph.D. student

 

    Emily is currently in her sixth year of graduate studies in McGill's Clinical Psychology program, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Koestner. She received her B.A. in Honours Psychology from The University of British Columbia in 2015. Emily is currently pursuing research examining the relationship between self-critical perfectionism and goal pursuit. In particular, Emily is interested in investigating the factors that mediate the relationship. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:

emily. moore3 (at) mail.mcgill.ca

2001 McGill College, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G1, Room 1430

 

Amanda Moore, Ph.D. Student

 

    Amanda is currently in her fourth year of graduate studies in the Clinical Psychology program at McGill. She graduated from McGill with a B.Sc. Honours Psychology degree in Winter 2016. As an undergraduate student, she completed two honours thesis project. First, she worked under the supervision of Dr. Blaine Ditto investigating the association between anxiety symptoms and arterial stiffness in young adults. Second, she worked under the supervision of Dr. Richard Koestner investigating the developmental correlates of the two types of perfectionism in children. 

Research Gate:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amanda_Moore19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:

amanda.moore (at) mail.mcgill.ca

2001 McGill College, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G1, Room 1430

 

Shelby Levine, Ph.D. Student

Shelby is currently in her third year of graduate studies in the Clinical Psychology program at McGill University. She completed her M.A. in experimental psychology at Carleton University in April 2018 with Dr. Milyavskaya. Shelby studied the influence of perfectionism on mental health in the transition to university. Shelby also completed her undergraduate studies at Carleton University, and for her research project worked with Dr. Zelenski on how awe and nature can influence prosocial behaviour. Shelby is excited to join the Human Motivation lab and is excited to continue studying how perfectionism influences motivation and health. 

Research Gate: 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Shelby_Levine

Contact: 

Shelby.levine[at]mail.mcgill.ca

2001 McGill College, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G1, Room 1430

2018 McGill Human Motivation Lab, Department of Psychology, McGill University.