Recent Publications:



Moore, A.M., Holding, A., Verner-Filion, J., Harvey, B.C., Koestner, R. (2019). A longitudinal investigation of trait-goal concordance on goal progress. Journal of Personality.

Holding, A. C., Fortin, J., Carpentier, J., Hope. N., & Koestner, R. (2019) Letting go of gold: Examining the role of autonomy in elite athletes’ disengagement from their athletic careers and well-being in retirement. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. 

Holding, A. C., Hope, N. H., Harvey, B., Marion Jetten, A. S., & Koestner, R. (2017). Stuck in limbo: Motivational antecedents and consequences of experiencing action crises in personal goal pursuit. Journal of Personality, 85(6), 893-905.

Hope, N. H., Milyavskaya, M., Holding, A. C., & Koestner, R. (2016). The humble path to progress: Goal-specific aspirational content predicts goal progress and goal vitality. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 99-107. 

Werner, K. M., Milyavskaya, M., Foxen-Craft, E., & Koestner, R. (2016). Some goals just feel easier: Self-concordance leads to goal progress through subjective ease, not effort. Personality and Individual Differences, 96, 237-242.

Milyavskaya, M., Inzlicht, M., Hope, N., & Koestner, R. (2015). Saying “no” to temptation: Want-to motivation improves self-regulation by reducing temptation rather than by increasing self-control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109(4), 677.

Koestner, R., Powers, T. A., Milyavskaya, M., Carbonneau, N., & Hope, N. (2014). Goal Internalization and Persistence as a Function of Autonomous and Directive Forms of Goal Support. Journal of Personality.

Hope, N., Koestner, R., & Milyavskaya, M. (2014). The Role of Self-Compassion in Goal Pursuit and Well-Being Among University Freshman. Self and Identity, 1-15.

Koestner, R. (2008)  Reaching one’s personal goals: A motivational analysis focusing on autonomy. Canadian Psychologist, 49, 60-67.


Koestner, R., Otis, N., Powers, T., Pelletier, L., & Gagnon, H. (2008) Autonomous motivation, controlled motivation and goal progress. Journal of Personality, 76, 1201- 1230. 


Moore, E., Holding, A. C., Hope, N. H., Harvey, B., Powers, T. A., Zuroff, D., & Koestner, R. (2018). Perfectionism and the pursuit of personal goals: A self-determination theory analysis. Motivation and Emotion, 42(1), 37-49.

Harvey, B. C., Moore, A. M., & Koestner, R. (2017). Distinguishing Personal Standards and Self-critical Perfectionism in School-aged Children: Divergent patterns of Perceived Parenting, Personal Affect and School Performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 113, 136-141.

Harvey, B., Milyavskaya, M., Saffran, M., Hope, N., Powers, T., & Koestner, R. (2015). Affect Variation Across Days of the Week: Influences of Perfectionism and Academic Motivation. Motivation and Emotion


Milyavskaya, M., Harvey, B., Koestner, R., Powers, T, Rosenbaum, J., Ianakieva, I, & Prior, A. (2014). Affect across the year: How perfectionism influences the pattern of University students’ affect across the calendar year.  Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33(2), 103-1211.

Powers, T., Koestner, R., Zuroff, D., Lacaille, N., & Kwan, L. (2009). Self-criticism, motivation, and goal progress of athletes and musicians: A prospective study. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 279-283.


Hope, N. H., Milyavskaya, M., Holding, A. C., & Koestner, R. (2013). Self-Growth in the College Years Increased Importance of Intrinsic Values Predicts Resolution of Identity and Intimacy Stages. Social Psychological and Personality Science,  Advanced online publication.

Milyavskaya, M., Philippe, F. L., & Koestner, R. (2013). Psychological need satisfaction across levels of experience: Their organization and contribution to general well-being. Journal of Research in Personality, 47(1), 41-51.

Lekes, N., Hope, N. H., Gouveia, L., Koestner, R., & Philippe, F. L. (2012). Influencing value priorities and increasing well-being: The effects of reflecting on intrinsic values. The Journal of Positive Psychology7(3), 249-261.

Milyavskaya, M., & Koestner, R. (2011). Psychological needs, motivation, and well-being: A test of self-determination theory across multiple domains. Personality and Individual Differences, 50 (3), 387-391.

Milyavskaya, M., Gingras, I., Mageau, G. A., Koestner, R., Gagnon, H., Fang, J., & Boiché, J. (2009). Balance across contexts: Importance of balanced need satisfaction across various life domains. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35(8), 1031-1045.














Joussemet, M., Mageau, G.A. & Koestner, R. (2014). Promoting optimal parenting and children's mental health: A preliminary evaluation of the How-to parenting program. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(6), 949-964.

Lekes, N., Gingras, I., Philippe, F. L., Koestner, R., & Fang, J. (2010). Parental autonomy-support, intrinsic life goals, and well-being among adolescents in China and North America. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(8), 858-869.

Chua, S., & Koestner, R. (2008). A self-determination theory perspective on the role of autonomy in solitary behaviour. Journal of Social Psychology, 148, 645-647.

Landry, R., Whipple, N., Mageau, G., Joussemet, M., Gingras, I., Didio, L., & Koestner, R. (2008) Trust in organismic development, autonomy support, and adaptation among mothers and their children: A self-determination theory approach to parenting. Motivation & Emotion, 32, 173-188.

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