Friday, July 06, 2018

Caroline Erenzten Gives Interview for Online Publication on Mental Health Awareness

Caroline Erenzten, current PhD candidate in the social-personality area, recently gave a 2-part interview for Care For Your Mind, an online publication that centers on mental health awareness. She talked about her research on mental health awareness for men, the challenges of how to focus on men in mental health ads, and elaborated on other work done in this area. 

Check out both parts here and here !


Caroline Erenzten

Friday, June 22, 2018

Congratulations to the Psychology Undergraduate Awards recipients!


Congratulations to the hard working Psychology undergraduate students who are the recipients of the following undergraduate awards this year!

W.B. Templeton Honours Thesis Award

Amanda Bockaj, thesis entitled: "The benefits of sexual communal motivation for couples coping with low desire", supervised by our own S/P faculty member, Amy Muise!

Kuszyszyn Award for Originality

Alexis M. Fabricius, paper entitled: "Visually impaired women discuss personal safety to inform development of relevant violence prevention strategies", supervised by Alex Rutherford

Ivana Guglietti-Kelly Prize for Qualitative Research

Shalyn Isaacsm, paper entitled: "Exploring the impact of cultural values on the mental health and help-seeking behaviours of first and second generation South Asians", supervised by Alex Rutherford

CPA (Canadian Psychological Association) Awards of Excellence

Amanda Bockaj (see thesis title above)

Rebecca Hudes, thesis entitled: "The impact of memory intervention programs on subjective outcomes in healthy older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis", supervised by Jill Rich

David Herman, paper entitled: "How and when do parents discuss race with their children?: A literature review of parent's racial and socialization practices in black and white families", supervised by our own S/P faculty member, Jennifer Steele!

Richard Goranson Memorial Psychology Honours Thesis Poster Award

1st place: Marette Abdelmaseh, thesis entitled: "Caregiver relationship styles as a moderator for the association between caregiver behaviours and children's pain-related distress", supervised by Rebecca Pillai-Riddell

2nd place: Amanda Bockaj (see thesis title above)


Special thanks to our own S/P faculty Raymond Mar for being on the adjudication committee and Esther Greenglass for volunteering!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Francine Karmali accepts post-doctoral position at UofT with Dr. Elizabeth Paige-Gould



Francine Karmali, who works with Dr. Kerry Kawakami, has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship position with Dr. Elizabeth Paige-Gould at the University of Toronto, starting in January 2019.

Way to go Francine! It's a very exciting time for you, and we wish you all the best.


Francine Karmali

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sandra Pyke Award winners Caroline Erentzen and Marina Rain & YUTSPA Conference

The annual York University-University of Toronto Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology Conference was held on May 16th, 2018 at York University. 

Every year at the YUTSPA conference, the Sandra Pyke Award is given to students who demonstrate graduate student excellence.

This year, both Caroline Erentzen (supervised by Prof. Regina Schuller) and Marina Rain (supervised by Prof. Raymond Mar) have won the 5th Annual Sandra Pyke Award!

Congratulations to both of you!

Prof. Regina Schuller and Caroline Erentzen
Prof. Raymond Mar and Marina Rain

In addition to our awardees, we also had 4 wonderful York student speakers at YUTSPA this year:

Kashmala Qasim
From hell to acceptance: The role of religion in coping with financial threat in Muslim Syrian refugees

Meghan George
It's not what you say, it's how you look when you say it: The role of nonverbal cues in apologies

Stephanie Raposo
Sexual economics: Does trading sex for resources influences satisfaction in romantic relationships

Elysia Vaccarino
Confronting prejudice and apathy: Shifting perceptions of targets and witnesses


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Amy Muise and Kerry Kawakami awarded and honoured!



In early April, Professor Amy Muise received Ontario's Early Researcher Award (valued at $100k, and matched with $50k by York U) for her research on how couples engaging in self-expanding activities may help maintain high romantic relationship satisfaction over time. 



Professor Amy Muise
On May 16th, Professor Kerry Kawakami will be honoured at "I am Psyched!", APA's (American Psychological Association) Asian Pacific American Heritage event. This event honours prominent women psychologists of Asian descent that have broken barriers in their professional careers. Prof. Kerry Kawakami is the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and the first woman of Asian descent to serve as an editor of any APA journal.

Professor Kerry Kawakami


Congratulations to both Professor Amy Muise and Professor Kerry Kawakami!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

York U Representation @ SPSP and AP-LS 2018 !


As usual, York U was well-represented at the Annual Meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in the peachy city of Atlanta, Georgia that ran from March 1-3, 2018.

See below for our faculty and graduate student presentations!

Amy Muise - Close Relationships Pre-Conference
Keeping The Spark Alive: Self-Expansion in Relationships (link)

Meghan George
Implicit Bias Following Social Exclusion (Finalist for Student Poster Award!)

Joshua Guilfoyle

Transgressor's Willingness to Apologize: The Effects of Social Power and Perspective Taking (link)

Francine Karmali
Race and Body Cues: The Effects of Posture on Perception of Blacks

Heewon Kwon  - Advances in Cultural Psychology Pre-Conference
Public Perceptions of the Model Minority Stereotypes

Christina Lapytskaia 
The Effects of Racialized Police Violence on Racial Attitudes

Ronda Lo - Advances in Cultural Psychology Pre-Conference
Culture and Social Comparison in a Sibling Context: The Ambivalence of Sibling Differentiation

Joshua Quinlan
The Effect of Expectation and Intention on the Appreciation of Absurd Humour

Elysia Vaccarino
Shifting Perceptions of Prejudice and Apathy

Elizabeth van Monsjou
A Qualitative Analysis of Harbouring Grudges

Ashley Weinberg

Implicit Academic Stereotyping Among Black and Non-Black Children

Alexandria West
The Social Consequences of Switching Between Cultures

Model SP graduate students commencing the end of SPSP 2018 by posing in front of the lovely SPSP peach.


In addition to SPSP, the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Annual Conference happened shortly afterwards on March 8-10, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee, where two of our own students successfully presented their research (see below!).

Caroline Erentzen 
Exploring the Dark Figure of Hate: A Comparison of Official Police Reports and Private Victimization Experiences

Alisha Salerno
Police Response to Developmental Disability

Conferences as usual!


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Ashley Weinberg elected to SPSP Student Committee

Ashley Weinberg, a Ph.D candidate working with Prof. Jennifer Steele was recently elected to serve as SPSP Student Committee member-at-large. For more information on the SPSP Student Committee, click here.

Ashley Weinberg, M.A.

Publicly written statement from Ashley to SPSP membership:
My name is Ashley Weinberg and I was recently elected to serve as SPSP Student Committee member-at-large. In this position I intend to help SPSP student members garner a strong sense of belonging within SPSP and the larger psychological community. I aim to foster natural and genuine connections between student members and the SPSP membership body by realistically addressing hurdles that often prevent this from happening. I will pursue these goals by (1) using feedback from students to respond to these impediments, (2) working to acknowledge concerns specific to diverse student members—especially minority and international students, and (3) providing positive and informal opportunities for networking with other students and more established SPSP members. As SPSP member-at-large I plan to implement and initiate programs and work focused on building academic community and attending to the diverse needs of this community.