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Dr. Carsten Wrosch


Carsten Wrosch, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Psychology 1997; Free University of Berlin)

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Concordia University

7141 Sherbrooke Street, West
Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6


Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 2231


Research Lab: Personality, Aging and Health Lab

Website: Wrosch Lab Website






Our research indentifies pathways to successful living across the adult lifespan. We examine from a self-regulation perspective how people can adjust to challenging life circumstances and prevent the adverse consequences on their psychological, biological, and physical health (e.g., depression, cortisol dysregulation, or chronic disease). This research program integrates theories from personality, developmental, and health psychology, and is based on the premise that there are reliable individual differences in people’s personality processes that determine the quality of life of individuals who confront problematic life situations.





Hortop, G.E., Wrosch, C., & Gagne, M. (in press).  The why and how of goal pursuits: Effects of global perceived control and autonomous motivation on subjective well-being.  Motivation and Emotion.


Jobin, J., Wrosch, C., & Scheier, M.F. (in press).  Associations between dispositional optimism and diurnal cortisol in a community sample: When stress is perceived as higher than normal.  Health Psychology.


Farquhar, J.C., Wrosch, C., Pushkar, D., & Li, K.Z.H. (2013).  The value of adaptive regret management in retirement.  The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 76 (2), 99-121.


Wrosch, C. & Sabiston, C.M. (2013).  Goal adjustment, physical and sedentary activity, and well-being and health among breast cancer survivors.  Psychooncology, 22 (3), 581-589.