Dr. Lavallee received her PhD in social psychology from UBC in 2000 and took a faculty position at UNBC that same year. She has an interdisciplinary background having completed a BA in history and a research fellowship in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. Her research work investigates environmental conservation and human resource-use and psychological health and well-being. Specifically, her focus is on the ways in which the social context fosters materialist and limits the individuals’ ability to live sustainably. She is currently Chair of the Environmental Section of the Canadian Psychological Association.
Research and Expertise
factors that motivated conservation
barriers to conservation
values, attitudes and behaviours associated with the environment
environmental conflict and conflict resolution
Subjective Well-Being, Coping, and the Self
life satisfaction – measurement & link to conservation
healthy and harmful self-esteem
responses to stressful events, coping and well-being
The focus of my research at present is investigating the factors that motivated individuals to increase their conservation behaviour. One line of investigation involves identifying behaviours that both improve people’s life satisfaction and decrease people’s focus on material consumption.
My recent research work on self-esteem involves investigating the stability of people’s feelings of self-worth in response to daily negative and positive events and examining how unstable self-esteem is linked to defensiveness, egotism and emotional problems.