Health Psychology Laboratory 
Welcome to our website and the Health Psychology Lab! In the broadest sense, our research is applied social cognition with a focus on health. More specifically, we study how individuals make health related judgments (e.g., risk evaluations), how cognitions (e.g., health beliefs) influence health behaviour, and how interventions can be used to promote health behaviour. We currently study these processes mainly in the area of eating behaviour (dieting, obesity, diabetes), physical activity, sleep, and medication adherence, and develop interventions combining implementation intentions and mental imagery, for example to increase fruit consumption, curb cravings, or increase medication adherence.

Interested in Joining the Lab?

Graduate Students

Dr. Knauper plans to accept 1-2 graduate students starting in Fall 2013 (application deadline December 2012). Dr. Knauper supervises PhD students in both the Clinical Psychology and the Experimental Psychology Program. We welcome particularly students who are eligible and plan to apply for federal and/or provincial graduate funding (e.g. CIHR, SSHRC, FRSQ, FQRSC). Application deadlines for these fellowships are in Fall 2012 and information about these fellowships can be found on the agencies' websites.

If you are interested in applying to join Dr. Knauper's lab as a graduate student, please email Dr. Knauper in advance of the relevant deadlines.

Research Assistants

McGill work-study eligible students are especially encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please email a CV, unofficial transcript, your availability, and a short note describing why you would like to do research in a health psychology lab to Dr. Knauper.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Please contact Dr. Knauper if you are interested in joining her lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Postdoctoral fellows usually secure their own external funding. However, we can support your application for external funding by working with you to create a successful proposal. McGill also offeres postdoctoral fellowships (Tomlinson Postdoctoral Fellowships).

Undergraduate Students

If you are interested in joining the lab as an undergraduate student (e.g., honours, Psych450, volunteer, etc.), please send, by the beginning of August, an email to Dr. Knauper with your CV, unofficial transcript, a sample of your writing (e.g. a paper for a previous class) and state in a couple of sentence why you would like to do research in a health psychology lab. We usually make a short list in early August and hold interviews in mid/end of August.

If you would like more information about us and our work, please contact us at:

  Health Psychology Laboratory
Dr. Bärbel Knäuper
Department of Psychology, McGill University
1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue, W7/14
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1B1

Tel (lab): (514) 398-1399
Tel (Dr. Knäuper): (514) 398-8186
Fax: (514) 398-4896

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