todd chan

social psychology researcher

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in social psychology at the University of Michigan, a Fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course, and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Most recently, I was also the Chair of the American Psychological Association's Science Student Council.

How can people effectively deal with poor social relationships? In what ways are people with sharper minds better organizational leaders? I am interested in these questions.

With the Adaptive Social Cognition Lab, I use surveys, experiments, and archived datasets to study the power of having supportive friendships, how relationships drive a sense of purpose and direction in life, and how cognitive abilities enable effective social performance.

My work has been published in leading psychology and management journals and featured in popular press. For example, my research has investigated how people can leverage their beliefs to better recover from social disconnection and a loss of purpose in life, and how flexible attention and memory are critical to effective negotiations and organizational leadership. Along with this research, I teach courses on social psychology, relationships, and negotiations. I am a graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto.