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Professor Fuschia Sirois


PhD, BSc (Biochem-nutrition)

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Professor in the Department of PsychologyRH-1003 
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


I am social/health/personality psychologist interested in the factors that create risk or resilience for health and well-being. I have a particular interest in the how self-regulation (how we manage and direct our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours to reach our goals) can impact health and well-being and the factors and qualities that contour people’s capacities to self-regulate. 

I joined Durham University as a Professor in Social and Health Psychology in May 2022, and was previously a Professor at the University of Sheffield. Prior to arriving in the UK in 2015, I was a Canada Research Chair and the Co-ordinator of the multidisciplinary Psychological Health and Well-being Research cluster at Bishop’s University (2010-2015).

I am passionate about communicating the results of psychological science with the public so that research is accessible and impactful beyond academia. To this end, I regularly engage with the public, media, and journalists about research on health and well-being. You can read some of the articles that I have written for The Conversation here.

Research interests

  • Emotion regulation
  • Positive psychology, esp. self-compassion and gratitude
  • Health behaviours
  • Personality and health-related outcomes
  • Loneliness and meaningful relationships
  • Time perspective and temporal thinking
  • Adjustment to chronic health conditions
  • Counterfactual thinking

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Psychology: Health and well-being
  • Psychology: Causes & consequences of procrastination
  • Psychology: Perfectionism
  • Psychology: Adjustment to chronic health conditions
  • Psychology: Stress and coping
  • Psychology: Gratitude
  • Psychology: Self-compassion
  • Psychology: Time perspective
  • Health & Welfare: Health behaviours
  • Psychology: Loneliness


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