JOEY T. CHENG (University of British Columbia)
Research Interests: The dynamics of competition and cooperation, particularly the psychological and biological mechanisms that operate when we compete with one another, and how we manage to successfully coordinate and orchestrate collective actions. Methodological emphasis is placed on studying social phenomena “in the wild” among naturalistic teams, communities, and organizations (e.g., sports teams, marching bands, military squads).
GORD FLETT (University of Toronto)
Research Interests: The roles of trait perfectionism and perfectionistic self-presentation in personal adjustment, psychosocial functioning, and health problems. The associations among personality, coping, stress, and distress in adolescents, middle-aged individuals, and the elderly.
ESTHER GREENGLASS (University of Toronto)
Research Interests: Stress, burnout, coping, social support, health. Applying the Proactive Coping Inventory (PCI) to a variety of populations. Study of temporal construal and its relationship to cognitive factors, coping, depression and stress. Financial stress, economic hardship, cross-national differences and psychological well-being. Recently she and her students are conducting research on psychological reactions to COVID-19 and how people are coping with the changes brought about in our society by the pandemic.
KERRY KAWAKAMI (University of Toronto)
Research Interests: The automatic activation of associations related to social categories including stereotypes, prejudice, automatic behaviors, approach avoidance tendencies, and emotions. The implication of these associations for responding to target category members and the self. Strategies to reduce these activations.
RICHARD LALONDE (University of Western Ontario)
Research Interests: Social psychology of intergroup relations with a focus on issues of ethnic, cultural, and national identity. Responses to discrimination, immigrant acculturation, and bicultural identification.
RAYMOND A. MAR (University of Toronto)
Research Interests: Projection of the self into fictional narratives. Ascription of intentionality to abstract social agents. Individual differences in, and the core processes of, empathy and social understanding. Imagination. Simulation based theories of language comprehension. And the neural underpinnings of these processes.
DOUG MCCANN (University of Western Ontario)
Research Interests: Social information processing and socialcognitive models. Aspects of the self, depression, and interpersonal communication.
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Research Interests: The application of social psychological theories of close relationships to learn how couples can have more satisfying and fulfilling partnerships over time. Using dyadic and longitudinal research methods to understand the processes in romantic relationships, such as motivation, beliefs, and perceptions, that influence couples’ sexual desire and satisfaction in daily life and over time as relationships grow and develop.
ERIN ROSS (University of Western Ontario)
Research Interests: How psychologists conceptualize and research lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience. Stereotypes of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse survivors.
REGINA SCHULLER (University of Western Ontario)
Research Interests: Research focuses generally on behavioural assumptions in the law, and specifically on the behaviour of various decision makers (e.g., juries, police). Considerable work done on decision making processes of decision makers in cases involving violence against women (sexual assault, battered women). More recent work examines the impact of racial bias and legal strategies for curbing its influence (e.g., challenge for cause).
JENNIFER STEELE (Harvard University)
Research Interests: Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from the target’s perspective. How people combat the effects of negative self-relevant stereotypes in academic settings. How stereotypes are activated and inhibited in impression formation. The development of gender/ racial stereotypes and beliefs in children, examined from a social cognitive perspective.
WARD STRUTHERS (University of Manitoba)
Research Interests: Social cognition or how people make sense of themselves and other people. Social and organizational psychology, including attributions, social motivation, forgiveness, coworker interactions, and decision making.
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DAVID WIESENTHAL (SUNY-Buffalo)
PAUL KOHN (Harvard University)
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RHONDA BALZARINI (Western University)
Research Interests: Dr. Balzarini's work focuses on romantic and sexual relationships. Specifically, how to sustain commitment, satisfaction, and passion over time in relationships; the impact of (dis)concordance in sexual behaviors and relationships ideals on relationship quality; the effect of romantic secrecy and acceptance on relationships; and the moderating role of sexual responsiveness on sexual ideal discrepancies.
EMILY CROSS (University of Auckland)
Research Interests: Intimate Relationships, Sexism, Gender, Aggression, Power, Dyadic Functioning. More specifically, I am interested in the intersection between sexist attitudes in intimate relationships, and investigating the ways both overt and covert gender-based attitudes influence intimate relationships. I integrate relationship science theories and methods with intergroup perspectives to examine how sexist attitudes impact relationship dynamics in complex, and at times oppositional, ways. I am also interested in power and aggression in intimate relationships, as well as how relationship transitions (forming new relationships, breaking up) can impact people’s health and wellbeing.
XIA FANG (University of Amsterdam)
Research Interests: Xia Fang is a post-doctoral researcher in the Social-Personality Psychology Department. Currently, she is working with Dr. Kerry Kawakami. Her research interests include a range of topics, including emotion perception and production, static and dynamic facial expressions, face perception, and cultural influences.
CHANEL MEYERS (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Research Interests: Racial diversity, intergroup relations, multiracial identity, social perception, discrimination/prejudice.
MARIKO VISSERMAN (University of Amsterdam)
Research Interests: Self-other dilemmas and sacrifice in romantic relationships (e.g., balancing pursuit of own and relationship interests). Accuracy and bias in perceiving partner's pro-social acts (e.g., detection of partner's sacrificial acts and the costs they incur). Emotional and relational well-being with a focus on the emergence of gratitude.
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JESSICA WOOD (University of Guelph)
Research Interests: how sexual motivations are associated with relational outcomes, such as sexual and relationship satisfaction, psychological need fulfillment, and sexual problems and challenges. The determinants of sexual health behaviours and examines barriers to healthcare access for individuals with developmental disabilities.