Congratulations to the SSHRC Insight Development Grant recipients from Psychology

November 25, 2021

Congratulations to the researchers from the Department of Psychology who received the 2021 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants! The researchers include Natalie Goulter, Robert McMahon, Marlene Moretti and Rebecca Cobb.

The SSHRC's Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas.

Read more about their research grants below:

1) Natalie Goulter (co applicants: Robert McMahon and Marlene Moretti)
Title: "Externalizing and internalizing networks across childhood and into adolescence"

Children and adolescents are particularly sensitive to developing externalizing (attention-deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional, conduct) and internalizing (anxiety, depressive, phobia) psychopathology. Externalizing and internalizing commonly co-occur, and co-occurrence is associated with greater symptom severity and poorer treatment response. However, it is currently unknown which specific symptoms co-occur and how these associations are shaped across early development. This is because past research has: a) focused on summary scales rather than symptoms; b) used analytic approaches that do not test how individuals’ symptoms compare to others’ symptoms (between-person effects) and individuals’ own deviations in symptoms (within-person effects); and c) failed to account for daily dynamic variations in symptoms. To address these shortcomings, this project aims to create new knowledge on the co-development of early externalizing and internalizing symptoms that can be used to optimize strategies by practitioners to enhance the wellbeing of children and adolescents.

2) Rebecca Cobb
Title: "An attachment theoretical perspective on polyamory"? For example, what is the focus and goal of this project?

We are interviewing people in ethically non-monogamous relationships to learn more about how they form and have successful relationships and cope with bias that they may experience from family, friends and institutions.