Academic resilience and motivation: A longitudinal exploration in the University of Ottawa student population

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The presentation will begin with a scoping review of the literature, examining the relationship between academic resilience and self-determination in students. Two independent reviewers screened 6989 studies, selecting eight from the final full-text sample. The majority of researchers (six out of eight) reported a significant and positive relationship between academic resilience, students' motivation and their ability to meet their psychological needs. We will explore the implications of these findings for researchers, students and educators. Next, a quantitative longitudinal study will be presented, assessing the evolution of the relationship between basic psychological needs, anxiety, coping strategies and academic resilience over the course of a term.

Results indicate stability in academic resilience over time, but significant changes in the relationship between basic psychological needs and coping. The theoretical implications and practical applications of these observations will be discussed.  Finally, we will discuss a longitudinal study of hardiness, academic resilience, coping mechanisms and well-being in university students, detailing the results and their implications.

*Bilingual activity organized in collaboration with the research unit on the Advancement of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (ASoTL).

Leading the session (in alphabetical order)

Bianca St-Denis

Graduate Student

Bianca (she/her) is a first-year student in the M.A.-Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. Her research interests are data anxiety, academic resilience, problematic smartphone use, and measurement validation. 

Laurence Beaulieu


Laurence Beaulieu (she/her) is completing the last year of her bachelor's degree in psychology. She is presently doing her honors thesis on the study of hardiness, academic resilience, coping mechanisms and the mental well-being of university students.

Pari-Gole Noorishad

Doctoral candidate

Pari-Gole Noorishad (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She has completed research in several research laboratories on topics such as mental health among minoritized communities, knowledge mobilization, academic resilience, human sexuality, and intersectional research methods.

Simon Beaudry PhD

INSPIRE’s Senior Manager

Simon Beaudry (he/him) earned his B.Sc. in science and his doctorate in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Simon worked in developing the School of Psychology’s first research participant pool in 2005, a human participant recruitment tool. Simon focused on the creation and management of the INSPIRE Lab, serving over 150 researchers on campus and one of the only core facilities in Canada specialized in research on human behaviour. Simon has been leading all operational, financial, human, and scientific aspects of this successful core facility since its conception. Simon also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, quantitative methods, and social psychology. He was the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching award from the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2014. Simon is also active in research as co-director of the uOttawa Data Literacy Laboratory, publishing in the fields of human motivation, data literacy and the scholarship of teaching and learning. In 2021, he was awarded a Chair in University Teaching from the University of Ottawa to conduct research in academic resilience.

Event details

Start date Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 2:30 pm
End date Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 3:30 pm
Duration 60 min
Cut-off date Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 1:00 pm
Registered 55
Seats available 175
Organizer SAEA and ASOTL (Advancement of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning)
Language Bilingual event
Delivery mode Bimodal
Location Zoom + VNR 1042

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