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. June 1, 2017ESS consortium receives SSHRC Partnership Grant

    The SSHRC Partnership Grant will be used to develop and test interventions that aim to reduce obstacles that women and girls who are in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) face within their career paths.  

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

  2. Apr. 7, 2017Incoming grad student Erik Jansen receives SSHRC CGS-M

    SSHRC CGS-M are awarded 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. Erik Jansen is a 2017 recipient of the SSHRC CGS-M by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Congratulations, Erik, and best wishes on your future graduate studies!

  3. Apr. 7, 2017Grad student Emily Cyr receives SSHRC CGS-M

    SSHRC CGS-M are awarded 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. Emily Cyr is a 2017 recipient of the SSHRC CGS-M by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Congratulations, Emily, and best wishes on your continuing graduate studies!

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