Graduate Students

Mehdi Isa Arathoon (Struthers; MA)
Research interests: the interrelation among culture and victims' post-transgression responses (i.e., forgiveness, revenge, grudge); how people maintain and form romantic relationships.

Jonathan Bridekirk (Hynie; PhD)
Research interests: social and positive psychology; exploring how motivation can improve social and cognitive development; community-based research, engagement and outreach; refugee experiences and access to Canadian education and resource generation; inclusion in education; examining methods of human flourishing.
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Daniel J. Chiacchia (Greenglass; MA)
Research interests: : economic stress, coping and resilience, prosocial behaviour, the social psychology of work, materialism and consumer psychology, response processes, subjectivity and society, extrinsic and intrinsic values.

Caroline Erentzen (Schuller; PhD)
Research interests: the intersection of psychology and the law, racial bias in the immigration and criminal justice system, conceptualizations of justice and fairness in sentencing, and the psychology of victimization and vengeance.

Meghan George (Steele; PhD)
Research Interests: racial stereotypes, implicit attitudes from the perspective of minority groups.

Joshua R. Guilfoyle (Struthers; PhD)
Research Interests: interpersonal transgressions and conflict resolution (apology, forgiveness), trait apology, self-control, social power, psychological immune activity.

Chantelle Ivanski (Mar; MA)
Research interests: Stress and coping, particularly related to financial stress, health psychology, romantic relationships

Francine Karmali (Kawakami; PhD)
Research interests: predicted and actual responses to outgroup prejudice, suppression of stereotype activation and application, stereotype threat and self-knowledge, automatic associations related to social categories and the self.

Christina Lapytskaia (Steele; MA)
Research interestsExamining different aspects of prejudice in society, and researching children's development of prejudice.

Ronda Lo (Lalonde; PhD)
Research interests: Cultural variation in cognitive processes such as attention and language, culture and sibling relationships, and the interactions of linguistic, cultural and national identity. 

Madeline Nickel (Kawakami; MA)
Research Interests: Cognitive processes, social perception, and intergroup bias; particularly, how racial stereotypes and implicit prejudice influence automatic behaviors, and the implications of these behaviors in cross-race interactions.

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Jessica Padgett (Lalonde; PhD)
Research Interests: Diversity representation and its influence on perceptions and attitudes; cultural identity; measurement and scale development. 

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Ingrid G. Pechenkov (McCann; PhD)
Research Interests: Formation and change in the self-concept; influence of personality, social context, and social cognition. The intersection of personality and social, cultural environment; depression and distress.

Kashmala Qasim (Hynie; PhD)
Research Interests: Community engagement/outreach; socio-cultural challenges faced by the Muslim community in accessing health care resources; perceptions of the Muslim community in seeking mental health care; development of a culturally sensitive model for psychotherapy.

Joshua A. Quinlan (Mar; PhD)
Research interests: The potential for videogames to induce attitude change and the moderating roles of engagement and genre; measurement of videogame and genre-specific exposure; perceptions of meaning when meaning is ambiguous and the role that personality plays in this process; measurement and scale developement; open science.

Marina Rain (Mar; PhD)
Research interests: The effects of media on interpersonal perception and behaviour; Experiences with narrative fiction and the development of social and emotional knowledge; Mindfulness.
Stephanie Raposo (Muise; MA)
Research interests: sexual desire and satisfaction in relationships, self-expansion, sexual exchange, and long-term romantic relationships.

Alisha Salerno (Schuller; PhD)
Research Interests: psychology and law, extralegal factors influencing legal decision-making, cyberjustice (the use of technology in law), the intersection of disability and the law, criminal psychology.

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Deborah Sears (Flett; PhD)
Research Interests: Mattering - the felt need that one matters to another or others; Anti-Mattering - the felt belief that another or others seek to make one feel that one doesn’t matter to another or others; Psychological concepts and psychometric constructs related to mattering and anti-mattering. 

Alexis Strazds (Ross; MA)
Research Interests: Models of gender that are inclusive of non-binary individuals and transcend masculinity and femininity. Related psychometrics, particularly cognitive.

Elysia Vaccarino (Kawakami; PhD)
Research Interests: Social categorization processes; person perception as it relates to intergroup dynamics; motivations underlying prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination, and strategies to reduce these biases.
Elizabeth van Monsjou (Struthers; PhD)
Research Interests: Forgiveness in interpersonal relationships, and how people respond when they are victims of a transgression.

Ashley Weinberg (Steele; PhD)
Research interests: Intergroup contact/friendships and personalization of the outgroup. Implicit attitudes, cognitive mechanisms, and emotions involved in intergroup interactions, and how these vary by group.  Bias reduction and improving intergroup relations.
Alexandria West (Muise; PhD)
Research interests: Influences of biculturalism on cognition, identity, and subjective experience; the self; social cognition; social and cultural neuroscience.