Professor Robert J. Vallerand is currently Full Professor of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Motivational Processes and Optimal Functioning and is Director of the Research Laboratory on Social Behavior. Professor Vallerand obtained his doctorate from the Université de Montréal and pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Waterloo. He has been a Professor at both the University of Guelph and the McGill University where he has also held a Canada Research Chair.
Professor Vallerand is recognized as a leading international expert on motivational processes where he has developed theories dealing with intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as passion for activities. He has published 12 books and monographs and over 400 scientific articles and book chapters. His research has been cited extensively (over 75,000 citations with a h-index of over 120, GS) and he has received several millions ($) in research grants. Professor Vallerand has presented a number of National and International Keynote addresses and has given colloquia at more than 60 different universities. He has supervised a number of doctoral and postdoctoral students, including more than 25 who are now university professors across Canada and Europe.
Professor Vallerand has displayed administrative and scientific leadership in a number of ways. Thus, he has served as Chair of both the Psychology Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. He also has been the President of the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). He was Conference Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association Convention (2006, 2007, 2008) and that of the World Congress on Positive Psychology held in Philadelphia, USA (2011).
He has also served or serves as Consulting Editor for several of the top international journals in the field, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Motivation and Emotion, Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice, the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and many others. He has also served on several national committees such as the College of assessors of the Canada Research Chair program and on the Molson Prize committee.
Professor Vallerand has received numerous awards and honors from over 15 learned societies, including being elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (as well as Fellow of Divisions 8, 9, 15, 20, and 47), the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Psychological Association, and many others. He has also received the Adrien Pinard Career Award from the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology, the Christopher Peterson Gold medal from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and the Donald O. Hebb Career Award from the Canadian Psychological Association (the highest research awards in psychology in Quebec and Canada, respectively), as well as the Sport Science Award from the International Olympic Committee. His book The Psychology of Passion has received the William James Book award (2017) from the American Psychological Association.