Lupina Foundation Postdoctoral Research showcase

Monday, June 19, 2023 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Derek Albert and Eugene Kukshinova
Please join this special Faculty of Arts research presentation featuring our current Lupina Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Now in its second year, this postdoctoral program is generously sponsored by the Lupina Foundation and supports the best and brightest researchers addressing the social determinants of health.

Meet the speakers

Dr. Derek Albert, Lupina Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2022-23

Stereotype Threat: A Potential Contributor to Distraction and Workplace Accidents

“Each year in Canada, more than 200,000 workers are injured in workplace accidents. Migrant workers are disproportionately represented in workplace injuries, and fatalities. Recent evidence suggests that stereotype threat contributes to disparities in workplace accidents. Stereotype threat describes the fear of behaving in ways that confirm a negative stereotype. Understanding the mechanisms by which stereotype threat contributes to workplace accidents may inform the development of interventions targeting this risk factor.”

Read more about Dr. Albert's research.

Dr. Eugene Kukshinov, Lupina Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2022-23

“Well Represented”: The Positive Effect of Avatar Customization (via Presence) On Mental Well-Being in Social VR

“Digital environments are mediated spaces that often exclude marginalized groups from being represented in them and often misrepresent these groups. Negative social/cultural effects of mis- and underrepresentation in the digital environments (such as video games or Second Life) are well known among cultural/critical scholars, but embodying an avatar can also impose strong psychological effects on users, and yet, very little is known about the positive effects of avatar customization, specifically on users’ mental well-being and health.”

Read more about Dr. Kukshinov's research.

Light refreshsments will be served. Your registration is appreciated but not required.