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Myriam Mongrain

Principal Investigator

“Nothing is permanent. Everything is subject to change. Being is always becoming.”

- Buddha

My Story

Myriam Mongrain is a clinical psychologist and Full Professor of Psychology at York University. She was born in a small francophone town of Quebec and is a graduate of McGill University. Professor Mongrain completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California at Davis in the area of Social/Personality. She is an active clinician and researcher. Her research has focused on the role of Dependency and Self-Criticism as vulnerability markers for major depression. She examined the interpersonal, cognitive, and generational correlates of these personality traits. She has looked at positive psychology and examined the effect of interventions such as the practice of compassion, gratitude and optimism in large community samples. These interventions have been found effective in reducing depression particularly in distressed individuals. Recently, her interests have been on the experience of the self as an interconnected entity with an emphasis on self-transcendent goals and emotions.


Professor Mongrain’s research has been widely disseminated in empirical journals and media outlets. She has won numerous teaching awards. She is also an active member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research.


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