Welcome to the Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab

handshakeOur lab investigates interactions and relationships between people from diverse groups. What makes our initial encounters, partnerships, and friendships with individuals from different cultural backgrounds stagnate or succeed? What steps can individuals (and institutions) take to build or repair trust in intergroup interactions? How can we maintain interpersonal trust when facing intercultural conflicts?

We take a social psychological approach to understanding the interpersonal dynamics of intergroup interactions and relationships. We attempt to clarify how both situational and individual factors interact in ways that enable people to connect and bridge cultural divides. Our work addresses questions related to impression management, nonverbal behaviour, affect, depletion, cooperation, and trust.

  1. Dec. 29, 2017Dr. Bergsieker named a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science

    The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. It recognizes researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

    Congratulations to Dr. Bergsieker! The full list of "Rising Stars" and more information about the designation can be found here: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/rising-stars/stars.cfm

  2. June 1, 2017ESS consortium receives SSHRC Partnership Grant

    This 7-year, $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant will develop and test interventions designed to reduce obstacles facing women and girls who pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Dr. Bergsieker co-directs the industry-focused project RISE. 

    Congratulations to the Engendering Success In STEM (ESS) consortium! More about the members and research projects can be found here: http://successinstem.ca

  3. Apr. 7, 2017SSHRC CGS-M awarded to Emily Cyr and Erik Jansen

    Congratulations to graduate students Erik Jansen (incoming) and Emily Cyr on receiving prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Master’s Scholarships!

    The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants CGS-M awards to students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement, strong personal characteristics, and potential high quality research in their studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

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