Dr. Loraine Lavallee has an interdisciplinary background having completed a BA in history, a Ph.D. in social psychology, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the faculty of forestry at UBC. Her research work has focused on social components of resource use including investigating factors that influence 1) peoples' willingness to conserve natural resources, 2) inter-group conflict over forestry, and 3) British Columbian's values associated with forests. She also conducts research in the area of psychological health and well-being.
Supervises in MA NRES Environmental Studies
Research and Expertise
factors that motivated conservation
barriers to conservation
values, attitudes and behaviours associated with the environment
environmental conflict and conflict resolution
Subjective Well-Being, Coping, and the Self
life satisfaction – measurement & link to conservation
healthy and harmful self-esteem
responses to stressful events, coping and well-being
The focus of my research at present is investigating the factors that motivated individuals to increase their conservation behaviour. One line of investigation involves identifying behaviours that both improve people’s life satisfaction and decrease people’s focus on material consumption.
My recent research work on self-esteem involves investigating the stability of people’s feelings of self-worth in response to daily negative and positive events and examining how unstable self-esteem is linked to defensiveness, egotism and emotional problems.