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Bonnie Le

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology (starting July, 2019)

Ph.D., University of Toronto

bonnie.le@rotman.utoronto.ca


Research Overview

Professor Le will be accepting applications for graduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Professor Le's research focuses on how emotions and motivation shape well-being in interpersonal relationships. In particular, she examines how and when the regulation of emotions, the perception of emotions, and the motivation to care for others predict well-being for better or for worse. To do so, she uses naturalistic methods including surveying people in daily life, observing them in lab interactions, and following-up with them over time. Given that supportive relationships are vital to psychological well-being and physical health, the goal of Professor Le's research is to understand how people may most optimally regulate their emotions and care for one another in ways to build satisfying relationships.

Selected Publications

  • Le, B. M., Impett, E. A., Lemay Jr., E. P., Muise, A., & Tskhay, K. O. (2018). Communal motivation and well-being in interpersonal relationships: An integrative review and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 144(1), 1-25.
  • Le, B. M., & Impett, E. A. (2017). Parenting goal pursuit is linked to emotional well-being, relationship quality, and responsiveness. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advanced online publication.
  • Le, B. M., & Impett, E. A. (2016). The costs of suppressing negative emotions and amplifying positive emotions for parents. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(3), 323-336.
  • Le, B. M., & Impett, E. A. (2015). The rewards of caregiving for communally motivated parents. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(7), 758-765.
  • Impett, E. A., Le, B. M., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (2014). When you think your partner is holding back: The costs of perceived partner suppression during relationship sacrifice. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(5), 542-549.
  • Impett, E. A., Le, B. M., Asyabi-Eshghi, B., Day, L. C., & Kogan, A. (2013). To give or not to give? Sacrificing for avoidance goals is not costly for the highly interdependent. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(6), 649-657.
  • Le, B. M., & Impett, E. A. (2013). When holding back helps: Suppressing negative emotions during sacrifice feels authentic and is beneficial for the highly interdependent. Psychological Science, 24(9), 1809-1815.
  • Le, B. M., Impett, E. A., Kogan, A., Webster, G. D., & Cheng, C. (2013). The personal and interpersonal rewards of communal orientation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30(6), 695-712.