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Meet The Team

Abigail Scholer

Batten Family Bicentennial Distinguished Leadership Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, Lab Director

Abby received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University in 2009. She recently joined the UVA faculty in Fall 2023 after 12 years at the University of Waterloo as the Canada Research Chair in Motivated Social Cognition. She is a motivation scientist and social psychologist whose research interests relate to the study of self-regulation, motivation, and social cognition, as broadly described on the lab home page. These days, she is particularly passionate about investigating what people understand about regulating motivation—metamotivation—and how this affects their overall success at goal pursuit. When she’s not working, Abby enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading a great novel, and coloring outside the lines.

Alec Davis

Lab Manager for Motivation Science Lab

Alec Davis is the lab manager for the Social Motivation Lab at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He Is also the lab manager of the Culture, History, Identity, and Policy Lab. He achieved a B.S. in Psychology with certificates in Athletic Healthcare and Disability Rights & Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned a varsity letter as a member of the Men’s Rowing team. Outside of research, he enjoys running, climbing, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Graduate Students

The following graduate students are currently affiliate members of the lab at the University of Waterloo and collaborating with Dr. Scholer on various projects described below.

Lab Alumni

Kassandra Cortes - Statistics Canada 

Abdo Elnakouri - Northwestern University 

Jeffrey Hughes - Employment and Social Development Canada 

Erik Jansen - Impact Canada Fellow 

David Kille - Instagram 

Jane Klinger - Corona Insights 

Franki Kung - Purdue University 

Jhotisha Mugon - University of Victoria 

Andriy Struk - Quantitative Trader in partnership with Alex Struk 

Amanda Wudarzewski - Avidbots Corporation 

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