Concordia University

Alexandre J.S. Morin, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology

Office: L-SP 257-06 
Richard J. Renaud Science Complex,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3533
Website(s): Substantive Methodological Synergy Research Laboratory







Ph.D. research and intervention

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

University of Montreal, Canada


M.Ps. (Professional Master)

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

University of Montreal, Canada


Bachelor (B.Sc.)


University of Montreal, Canada








Full Professor

January 2017

Concordia University, Canada

Full Professor (Research Only)

February 2014 –November 2016

Australian Catholic University, Australia

Associate Professor

September 2012- February 2014

University of Western Sydney, Australia

Associate Professor

June 2010 – August 2012

University of Sherbrooke, Canada

Assistant Professor

June 2005 –June 2010

University of Sherbrooke, Canada


Teaching activities


PSYC 374 Organizational Psychology

PSYC 426: Psychometrics and Individual Differences

PSYC 734: Multivariate Statistics (aka Latent Variable Modelling)

Research activities

Substantive-Methodological Synergies (SMS)

Marsh and Hau(2007) and Borsboom (2006) emphasised the need for substantive-methodologicalsynergies (SMS) in psychological research. Substantive-methodological synergiesrepresent joint ventures in which new methodological developments are appliedto substantively important issues. Welive in exciting times of fast-paced innovation in quantitative methods. Thiscreates new research opportunities: methodological innovations enableresearchers to penetrate previously inaccessible research problems, revisitclassic unresolved issues, and address new research issues. However, this alsocreates concerns for substantive researchers who fail to keep pace with newmethodological developments. As pointed out by Marsh and Hau (2007): (a)some of the best methodological research is based on the development ofcreative methodological solutions to problems that stem from substantiveresearch; (b) new methodologies provide important new approaches to currentsubstantive issues; and (c) substantive-methodological synergies areparticularly important in applied areas. The converse is also likely: researchers with strong methodologicalskills might lose touch with the need to present statistical tools in ways thathave practical and theoretical significance. Substantive-methodologicalsynergies are also useful in demonstrating the practical advantages ofstatistical innovations to substantive research and to present thoseinnovations in a clear and replicable way to applied researchers who might lackthe formal mathematical training necessary to be able to dig into statisticalpapers. Substantive-methodological synergies represents the core of my research program.

Leading a research program centered onsubstantive-methodological synergies involvestwo core components. A first component is to remain open to collaborativeopportunities with substantive experts seeking better, clearer, or simply moreprecise answers to critical research questions. A second component focuses on a number of key statistical models that I particularly enjoy using, illustrating, but alsoworking at improving in terms of applications and interpretations: psychometric models (ESEM, Bifactor ESEM), person-centered analyses, longitudinal analyses of change, and their combination.

Selected publications

For an up-to-date list of my publications,see:

Currently Funded Research Projects

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC):Insight

The Centrality of Self-Equilibrium and Self-Complexity as Critical Indicators of Optimal Functioning Across the Transition into Adulthood and Entry into the Workforce

Alexandre J.S. Morin, Concordia University

Christophe Maïano, Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)

David Litalien, Université Laval

Christian Vandenberghe, HEC Montreal

Robert J. Vallerand, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): Insight

The development of emotion regulation in at-risk youth from infancy through early adulthood: Mitigating adversity and enhancing wellbeing

Dale M.Stack, Concordia University

Lisa A. Serbin, Concordia University

Alexandre J.S. Morin, Concordia University

Paul D. Hastings, UC Davis

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): Insight

Furthering positive futures for adolescents with intellectual disabilities: A longitudinal investigation of school life and physical activity benefits on psychosocial and physical well-being

Christophe Maïano, University of Quebec in Outaouais

Alexandre J.S. Morin, Australian Catholic University

Herbert W. Marsh, Australian Catholic University

Danielle Tracey, University of Western Sydney

Stéphane Bouchard, University of Quebec in Outaouais

Claude L. Normand, University of Quebec in Outaouais

Geneviève Piché, University of Quebec in Outaouais

Olivier Hue, University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières

Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture du Québec (FRQSC)

Soutienaux équipes de Recherche / Universitaire – émergence:

Groupede recherche sur la santé et le mieux-être au travail  (G-SMAT)- Santé psychologique au travail: Vers des avancées théoriques, méthodologiques et pratiques

[Group for Research on Health and Well-being at Work – Psychological Health at work: Toward theoretical, methodological, and practical advances]

Claude Fernet, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

Stéphanie Austin, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

Sarah-Geneviève  Trépanier, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Caroline  Biron, Université Laval

Alexandre J.S. Morin, Concordia University

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