Principal Investigator:Jenny

Jennifer Stellar is an assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Curriculum Vitae

Department Website

Social Personality Research Group Website

Graduate Students:

I am looking for graduate students to join our lab, especially those interested in using autonomic physiological or other biological measures. If you are interested in earning your PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto, click here for more information.


Rachel Forbes is a Ph.D student in Social/ Personality Psychology. Her primary research interests focus on morality, specifically individuals’ perceptions of others’ unethical behaviour. She is interested in how moral outrage is influenced by social relational factors like power or closeness. She also investigates whether and how individuals can be seen as redeemed after acting unethically.


Nathan Leonhardt is a Ph.D student in Social/Personality Psychology. His primary research interests focus on long-term romantic relationships. More specifically, he is interested in the role of self-transcendent emotions in romantic relationships. He is currently investigating the physiological correlates of romantic partners’ reported emotions during a compassion induction conversation.


Yachen Li is a Master’s student in Social/ Personality Psychology. She is interested in how emotions interact with rational cognitive processes. More specifically, her interests focus on self-transcendent emotions (i.e. awe, elevation) – their physiological correlates, and their effect on social cognition and decision-making. In a related line a research, she is interested in how people update their judgment of other people’s moral characters in light of mixed positive and negative moral information.

Undergraduate Students:

HEAL is currently full, but please check back in December/January to see if new research assistant positions are available for the winter term.

Lab Manager:
Cherlyne Wong

Research Assistants:
Alejandra Guzman
Asma Ejaz
Juliet Miinalainen
Abdullah Nasser
Jaweria Qaiser
Mitali Patel
Nikita Shankar
Harsukh Sidhu
Camilla Silva Vasquez

Lab Activities

Collecting data at Michelle Obama’s event to study awe


Harsukh presents at the undergraduate UTM research fair