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Michelle vanDellen

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Professor & Chair
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program
Social Psychology


Ph.D., Duke University, 2008

Research Interests

My research is aimed at understanding how people can be successful at self-regulation and self-control. I am particularly interested in how social relationships affect self-control and how self-control affects social relationships. I study the social underpinnings of motivation and self-control across multiple goal domains including academics, health (especially smoking and physical activity), career, and finance. 


Articles Featuring Michelle vanDellen

Check out this feature on Dr. Michelle vanDellen's PsyCorona Study, the biggest pandemic behavior study in the world. Dr. vanDellen and collaborators are surveying over 60,000 participants from more than 100 countries to determine how the coronavirus is…

The Department of Psychology's Dr. Brian Haas and Dr. Michelle vanDellen new study was recently featured in UGA Today. Their study compared individual self-concepts between Americans and Japanese individuals and uncovered an essential contradiction…

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle vanDellen who is one of the 2019 CURO Research Mentoring Award recipients! The CURO Research Mentoring Award recognizes outstanding faculty who consistently engage undergraduates through CURO Programming (courses, the symposium,…

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