Elaine Perunovic

Associate Professor



Keirstead Hall 110


1 506 458 7689

Other titles

Director, Experimental Program

My research interests are generally within the area of social and cultural psychology, including self-concept and identity, goal motivation, subjective well-being, contextualized personality, interpersonal relationships, bilingualism and multiculturalism, immigration and cultural adaptation, and time perception.

Selected publications

Kifer, Y., Heller, D., Perunovic, W.Q.E., & Galinsky, A.D. (2013). The good life of the powerful: The experience of power and authenticity enhance subjective well-being. Psychological Science, 24(3), 280-288.

Perunovic, W.Q.E., Heller, D., Ross, M., & Komar, S. (2011) The within-person dynamics of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, affective states, and cultural identification: A diary study of bicultural individuals. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 635-641.

Wood, J. V., Perunovic, W.Q.E., & Lee, J.W. (2009). Positive self-statements: Power for some, peril for others. Psychological Science, 20, 860-866.

Perunovic, W.Q.E., & Wilson, A.E. (2008). Subjective proximity of future selves: Implications for current identity, future appraisal, and goal pursuit motivation. In K. Markman, W. M. P. Klein, & J. Suhr (Eds.), Handbook of imagination and mental simulation (pp. 347-358). New York: Psychology Press.

Perunovic, W.Q.E., Heller, D., & Rafaeli, E. (2007). Within-person changes in the structure of emotion: The role of cultural identification and language. Psychological Science, 18, 607-613.

Perunovic, W.Q.E., Ross, M., & Wilson, A.E. (2005). Language, culture, and conceptions of the self. In R. M. Sorrentino, D. Cohen, J. M. Olson, & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Culture and social behavior: The Ontario symposium, Vol. 10 (pp. 165-180). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Ross, M., Xun, W.Q.E., & Wilson, A.E. (2002). Language and the bicultural self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 1040-1050.


  • B.A. (Hons.) University of Waterloo
  • Ph.D. (Social and Cultural Psychology) University of Waterloo
  • Postdoctoral Research Training (Social Psychology) Wilfrid Laurier University


  • Undergraduate courses
    • Applied Social Psychology (PSYC 3403)
    • Culture and Psychology (PYSC 3443)
    • Social Psychology Seminar (PSYC 4403)
    • Introductory Psychology II (PSYC 1023)

Professional awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, 2010
  • Nominee for the SSHRC Aurora Prize for Outstanding New Researcher, 2010
  • Harrison McCain Foundation Young Scholar Award, 2008
  • Short-listed for Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, UNB, 2008
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007
  • Nominee for Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Waterloo, 2004
  • National Sciences and Engineering Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, 2000, 2002
  • Honours Thesis Award, University of Waterloo, 2000