Louise Wasylkiw

Professor, Psychology

Louise Wasylkiw

Contact Information

(506) 364-2465
208 Crabtree
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Monday 3-4 PM Friday 2-3 PM
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Louise Wasylkiw (Ph.D.) is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology. Her teaching duties include: personality psychology, design and analysis, and tests and measurement. Her research interests broadly fall under the umbrella of the self and she has three active research streams.

Before joining the faculty at Mount Allison in 2002, Louise Wasylkiw taught at Queen's University (2001-2002) where she was a graduate student in the Department of Psychology. Prior to graduate studies in psychology, Louise Wasylkiw was employed as a Registered Nurse in neonatal intensive care.


2002  Ph.D. in Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario          
1998  M.A. in Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario    
1997  B.A. in Psychology, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario
1989  Nursing Perinatal Certificate, George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario   
1980  Nursing Diploma, St. Lawrence College, Cornwall, Ontario       



Psyc 3001 Advanced design and analysis
Calendar description: This lecture and laboratory course provides the student with advanced analytic and design tools necessary to interpret the research of others and to conduct original research. Lectures will be supplemented by labs in which students will have an opportunity to practice their skills in answering questions of practical and theoretical interest.

Psyc 4701 Advanced Topics in Personality
Calendar description: This course presents an in-depth examination of theory and research pertinent to a topic of current interest in the field of Personality. For the 2014/2015 academic year, this course will focus on the Social Self.

Psyc 2701 Personality
Caledar description: This course will provide an introduction to personality as an enduring, organized pattern of thinking, feeling and behaving. The course will examine key theorists and broader perspectives on personality, as well as the measurement of personality from those perspectives. Examples of perspectives may include dispositional, biological, psychoanalytic, learning, and phenomenological.

Psyc 3301 Interpersonal Relations
Calendar description: A lecture and laboratory course examining aspects of interpersonal attraction and interpersonal relationships. Topics covered will include attachment and affiliation, interpersonal attraction, developing and maintaining close relationships, friendship and love, relationship problems, as well as relationship termination.

Research interests

I am a social/personality psychologist interested in the self. A large literature defines the self as the beliefs and feelings a person holds that make her/him unique. I think about the self as a system, in other words, the self refers to independent but interrelated parts that comprise a unified whole. It includes structure (i.e., how parts relate to each other) as well as processes (i.e., how it works).

Broadly, I study aspects of the self such as its organization (e.g., self-complexity), its contents (e.g., self-beliefs), its processes (e.g., self-discrepancies; social comparisons), and its implications (e.g., self-esteem; depression; body image).


Wasylkiw, L., & Tomes, J. L. (Eds). (2016). Mount A Teaches. Friesen Press, Victoria, BC.

Wasylkiw, L. (2015). Students’ perspectives on pathways to university readiness and adjustment. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 4, doi: 10.11114/jets.v4i3.xx

Wasylkiw, L. Holton, J., Azar, R. & Cook, W. (2015). The impact of mindfulness on leadership in a health care setting: A pilot study. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 29(7), 893-911. doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-06-2014-0099

Wasylkiw, L., & Butler, N. A. (2014). Body talk among undergraduate women: Why conversations about exercise and weight loss differentially predict body appreciation. Journal of Health    Psychology. 19, 1013-1024. DOI: 10.1177/1359105313483155

Claxton-Oldfield, S. Claxton-Oldfield, J., Paulovic, S., & Wasylkiw, L. (2013). A Study of the motivations of British hospice volunteers, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 30, 579-586.

Wasylkiw, L., & Williamson, M. E. (2013). Actual and perceived similarity in body image concerns of young women and their friends. Sex Roles, 68, 239-251.

Wasylkiw, L.,  MacKinnon, A., & MacLellan, A. (2012). Exploring the link between self-compassion and body image in university women, Body Image, 9, 236-245.

Wasylkiw, L., & Currie, M. (2012). The Animal House era: How university-themed comedy films affect students’ attitudes. Social Psychology of Education, 15, 25-40.

Tomes, J. L., Wasylkiw, L., & Mockler, B. A. (2011). Studying for success: Diaries of students’ study behaviours. Educational Research and Review, 17, 1-12.

Claxton-Oldfield, S., Wasylkiw, L., Mark, M., & Claxton-Oldfield, J. (2011). The Inventory of Motivations for Hospice Palliative Care Volunteerism: A tool for recruitment and retention. American     Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 28, 35-43.

Wasylkiw, L., Currie, M. A., Meuse, R., & Pardoe, R. (2010). Perceptions of male ideals: The power of presentation. International Journal of Men’s Health, 9, 144-153.

Wasylkiw, L., Fabrigar, L. R., Rainboth, S., Reid, A. & Steen, C. (2010). Neuroticism and the architecture of the self: Exploring Neuroticism as a Moderator of the Impact of Ideal Self-Discrepancies on Emotion. Journal of Personality, 78, 471-492.