Mee Hae




I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. In my research, I focus on how aspects of people’s culture, self-concept, and emotional life interact to shape individual differences during important life transitions. In this work, I am also interested in how we can best assess personality processes using mixed methods (e.g., ambulatory assessment including Experience Sampling Methods, mobile sensing, and the Electronically Activated Recorder; and qualitative data, with a specific emphasis on people’s narratives).

I especially value exploratory, descriptive, and transparent research -- open science rocks. Currently, I am co-director of the Karakter project, a longitudinal study focused on exploring how everyday emotional experiences are related to positive personality change in Syrian origin young adults who have recently resettled in the Netherlands.

This work in particular has informed my current research goal, which is to use my training and expertise in the areas of personality, social, developmental, and quantitative psychology to conduct research in partnership with members of the community.


B.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies, Thesis Title: The Effects of the Diagnosis of Autism on the Family; Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley)

B.A. (Psychology, San Francisco State University)

M.A. (Social-Personality Psychology, University of California, Davis)

Ph.D. (Social-Personality Psychology, Dissertation Title: 
Continuity and Change in Self-Esteem, Self-Enhancement, and Ethnocultural Identity in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood, University of California, Davis)


I am recruiting a graduate student to come work with me starting in the 2021-2022 academic year at the University of Toronto.

I am looking to recruit a student who is interested in people's emotional experiences and personality development, and who has experience or great interest in measurement and longitudinal data analysis. I tend to work especially well with students who are: curious, open-minded, patient with the scientific process, and okay with being wrong sometimes.

I am especially open to applicants who have followed an unconventional trajectory into academia, and who may have interests in conducting research in collaboration with people who are underrepresented in psychology.

I encourage my students to bring their lived experiences to their academic endeavors, and take a personalized approach to my mentoring relationships.

Emails with any questions are welcome!