Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Lisa Legault has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of psychology in the School of Arts & Sciences.
Legault's expertise is in human motivation and self-control, with a focus on how motivation and emotion shape people’s capacity to inhibit social biases, such as prejudice.
In addition, she studies how the brain mediates executive function, paying special attention to the usefulness of negative emotion in boosting self-control performance.
Since arriving at Clarkson, Legault has also been a lead researcher on Clarkson’s Smart Housing Project, designing motivational interventions to empower students to save energy.
Legault has published 22 peer-reviewed research articles, most in top psychology journals. Six of her undergraduate students have co-authored papers with her. She has also authored three book chapters and presented her research at more than 50 national and international conferences. During her time at Clarkson, she has been invited to deliver two keynote talks at international meetings -- one on reducing prejudice and another on the role of distress in self-control.
Legault's research has been funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Defence Research and Development Canada, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. She was recently the recipient of a Diversity and Climate Committee Admired Scholar Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
At Clarkson, she created and implemented a partnership with the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, N.Y., to provide psychology undergraduates with an in-depth professional experience working with individuals with mental illness. Her students work with clinical psychologists who treat adults, youth, and sex offender populations.
Legault joined Clarkson in 2012. She received her bachelor of social science degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. Before coming to Clarkson, she was awarded a Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Laboratory for Social Neuroscience at the University of Toronto.