Catherine Ortner

Catherine Ortner

Catherine Ortner

Name: Dr Catherine Ortner
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250-828-5497


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Research Interests

Emotion regulation, interplay between emotion and cognition, mindfulness, benefits of exposure to natural environments for psychological functioning

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Ph.D., University of Toronto (2006)
M.A., Queen's University (2001)
B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Edinburgh (1998)


Peer-reviewed journal articles:
(*denotes student author)

Ortner, C. N. M., *Chadwick, L., & *Wilson, A. M. (2018). Think ahead before you regulate: A focus on future consequences predicts choices of and beliefs about strategies for the down-regulation of negative emotions. Motivation and Emotion, Online First,

Ortner, C. N. M., *Corno, D., *Fung, T. Y., & *Rapinda, K. (2018). The roles of hedonic and eudaimonic motives in emotion regulation. Personality and Individual Differences, 120 (September 2017), 209-212.

Ortner, C. N. M., *Briner, E. L., & Marjanovic, Z. (2017). Believing is doing: Emotion regulation beliefs predict emotion regulation behavioral choices and subsequent subjective well-being. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 13(1).

Ortner, C. N. M., *Ste Marie, M., & *Corno, D. (2016). Cognitive costs of reappraisal depend on both emotional stimulus intensity and individual differences in habitual reappraisal. Plos One, 11(12), e0167253.

Ortner, C. N. M. (2015). Divergent effects of reappraisal and labeling internal affective feelings on subjective emotional experience. Motivation and Emotion. Doi: 10.1007/s11031-015-9473-2

Ortner, C. M., & Zelazo, P. D. (2014). Responsiveness to a mindfulness manipulation predicts affect regarding an anger-provoking situation. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 46(2), 117-124. doi:10.1037/a0029664

Ortner, C. N. M. & *de Koning, M. (2013). Effects of regulating positive emotions through reappraisal and suppression on verbal and non-verbal recognition memory. PLoS One, 8(4), e62750. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062750.

Ortner, C. N. M., Zelazo, P. D., & Anderson, A. K. (2013). Effects of emotion regulation on concurrent attentional performance. Motivation and Emotion, 37(2), 346-354. DOI: 10.1007/s11031-012-9310-9

Ortner, C.N.M., Kilner, S.J. & Zelazo, P.D. (2007). Mindfulness meditation and reduced emotional interference on a cognitive task. Motivation and Emotion, 31, 271-283.

Ortner, C.N.M., MacDonald, T.K. & Olmstead, M. C. (2002). Alcohol decreases impulsivity in a delay discounting task in humans. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 38, 151-156.

Tiplady, B., Harding, C., McLean, D., Ortner, C., Porter, K. & Wright, P. (1999). Effects of ethanol and temazepam on episodic and semantic memory: A dose-response comparison. Human Psychopharmacology Clinical and Experimental, 14 (4), 263-269.

Courses Taught

Psychology of Emotion, Behaviour Disorders, Psychological Testing, Drugs and Behaviour, Introductory Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods

Professional Affiliations

Society for Affective Science
Association for Psychological Science