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Robert J. Vallerand

Robert J. Vallerand

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Professor Robert J. Vallerand is currently Full Professor of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Motivational Processes and Optimal Functioning and is Director of the Research Laboratory on Social Behavior. Professor Vallerand obtained his doctorate from the Université de Montréal and pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Waterloo. He has been a Professor at the University of Guelph and the McGill University where he has also held a Canada Research Chair.

Professor Vallerand is recognized as a leading international expert on motivational processes where he has developed theories dealing with intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as passion for activities. He has published 7 books and over 300 scientific articles and book chapters. His research has been cited extensively (45,000 citations with a h-index of more than 95, GS) and he has received more than 8 millions ($) in research grants. Professor Vallerand has presented a number of National and International Keynote addresses and has given colloquia at more than 60 different universities worldwide. He has supervised a number of doctoral and postdoctoral students, including 20 who are now university professors across Canada and Europe.

Professor Vallerand has displayed administrative and scientific leadership in a number of ways. For instance, he has served as Chair of both the Psychology Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. He also has been the President of the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). He was Conference Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association Convention (2006, 2007, 2008) and that of the World Congress on Positive Psychology held in Philadelphia, USA (2011).

Professor Vallerand has also served as Consulting Editor for several of the top international journals in the field, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Motivation and Emotion, Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice, the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and many others. He has also served on several national committees such as the College of assessors of the Canada Research Chair program and the Molson Prize committee.

Professor Vallerand has received numerous awards and honors from over a dozen learned societies, including being elected a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association (as well as Fellow of APA Divisions 8, 9, 15, 20, and 47), the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the International Association of Applied Psychology, the Royal Society of Canada, and many others. He has also received the Adrien Pinard Career Award from the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology, the Donald O. Hebb Career Award from the Canadian Psychological Association, the Christopher Peterson Gold Medal Award from the International Positive Psychology Association, the William James Award from the American Psychological Association for his book “The Psychology of Passion”, and the Sport Science Award from the International Olympic Committee.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity

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Journal Articles:

  • Bonneville-Roussy, A., Evans, P., Verner-Filion, J., Vallerand, R.J., & Bouffard, T. (2017). Motivation and coping with the stress of assessment: Gender differences in outcomes for university students. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 48, 28-42.
  • Carbonneau, N., & Vallerand, R.J. (2016). "I'm not the same person since I met you": The role of romantic passion in how people change when they get involved in a romantic relationship. Motivation and Emotion, 40, 101-117.
  • Gillet, N., & Vallerand, R.J. (2016). Les effets de la motivation sur la performance sportive au regard de la théorie de l’autodétermination: Une approche intra-individuelle. Psychologie Française, 61, 257-271.
  • Heutte, J., Caron, P.-A., Fenouillet, F., & Vallerand, R.J. (2016). Étude des liens entre les caractéristiques instrumentales et les différents types de motivations des participants dans un MOOC. Revue Internationale des Technologies en Pédagogie Universitaire(RITPU) / International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education (IJTHE), 2016, 13 (2-3), pp.94-110.
  • Lalande, D., Vallerand, R.J., Lafrenière, M-A.K., Verner-Filion, J., Laurent, F-A., Forest, J., & Paquet, Y. (2017). Obsessive passion: A compensatory response to unsatisfied needs. Journal of Personality, 85, 163-178.
  • Litalien, D., Morin, A. J. S., Gagné, M., Vallerand, R. J., Losier, G. F., & Ryan, R. M. (2017). Evidence of a continuum structure of academic self-determination: A two-study test using a bifactor-ESEM representation of academic motivation. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 51, 67-82.
  • Orosz, G., Vallerand, R.J., Bőthe, B., Tóth-Király, I., & Paskuj, B. (2016). On the correlates of passion for screen-based behaviors: The case of impulsivity and the problematic and non-problematic Facebook use and TV series watching. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 167-176.
  • Vallerand, R.J. (2017). Beyond interest: On harmonious and obsessive passion. In P. O’Keefe & J. Harackiewicz (Eds.), The Psychological Science of Interest: Exploring Its Functions, Forms, and Formation (pp.149-173). New York: Springer.
  • Verner-Filion, J., & Vallerand, R. J. (2016). On the differential relationships involving perfectionism and academic adjustment: The mediating role of passion and affect. Learning and Individual Differences, 50, 103-113.
  • Verner-Filion, J., Vallerand, R. J., Amiot, C. E., & Mocanu, I. (2017). The Two Roads from Passion to Sport Performance and Psychological Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Need Satisfaction, Deliberate Practice, and Achievement Goals. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 30, 19–29.

Other Publications:

  • Houlfort, N., Vallerand, R.J., & Martin-Krumm, C. (2016). La Passion envers le travail : Un outil positif pour les leaders. In J.L. Bernaud, P. Desrumaux, D. Guedon (Eds), La bientraitance professionnelle: Modèles, outils et dispositifs. Paris: Dunod.
  • Paquet, Y., Junot, A., & Vallerand, R.J. (2016). Influence des émotions de l’enseignant sur la qualité de son enseignement: Le Rôle fondamental de la passion In M. Campo & B. Louvet (Eds.), Les émotions en sport et en EPS - Apprentissage, performance et santé. Bruxelles, Belgique: De Boek.
  • Vallerand, R.J. (2017). Preface. J Reeve. Psychologie de la motivation et des emotions. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique: DeBoek.
  • Vallerand. R.J. (2016). On the synergy between hedonia and eudaimonia: The role of passion. In J. Vitterso (Ed.), Handbook of eudaimonic wellbeing (pp. 191-204). New York : Springer.
  • Vallerand, R.J. (2016). The Dualistic Model of Passion. In H. Miller (Ed.), The New Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage.
  • Vallerand, R.J. (2016). The Dualistic Model of Passion: Theory, research, and implications for the field of education. In J.C.K.Wang, L.W. Chia, & R.M. Ryan (Eds.). Building autonomous leaders: Research and practical perspectives using Self-Determination Theory (pp. 31-58). New York: Springer.
  • Vallerand, R.J., Carbonneau, N., & Paquet, Y. (2016). Perspectives de conclusion. In Y. Paquet, N. Carbonneau, & R.J. Vallerand (Eds.), Theorie de l’autodetermination: Aspects theoriques et appliques. Bruxelles: DeBoek.
  • Vallerand, R.J., Carbonneau, N., & Paquet, Y. (2016). Un ouvrage en français sur la théorie de l’autodétermination: Une nécessité. In Y. Paquet, N. Carbonneau, & R.J. Vallerand (Eds.), Theorie de l’autodetermination: Aspects theoriques et appliques. Bruxelles: DeBoek.
  • Vallerand, R.J., & Miquelon, P. (2016). Le Modèle Hiérarchique de la motivation intrinsèque et extrinsèque. In Y. Paquet, N. Carbonneau, & R.J. Vallerand (Eds.), Theorie de l’autodetermination: Aspects theoriques et appliques. Bruxelles: DeBoek.
  • Vallerand, R.J, & Rapaport, M. (2017). The role of passion in adult self-growth and development. In, M. Wehmeyer, K. Shogren, T. Little & S. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook on the Development of Self-Determination (pp. 125-143). New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Motivation and Emotion
  • Proseminar in Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Intrinsic Motivation
  • Social Psychology

Robert J. Vallerand
Université du Québec à Montréal
Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social
Departement de Psychologie
Montréal, Quebec H3C 3P8

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