Lab Members


Lab Director

Hilary Bergsieker

Hilary Bio PicHilary Bergsieker is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, where she directs the Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab. She joined the faculty at Waterloo after completing her bachelors degree in Psychology at Stanford and a Fulbright Enterprise Scholarship in Berlin, Germany, followed by her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton. Dr. Bergsieker has expertise in trust formation and maintenance in diverse groups, social network analysis, and bias reduction, and was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2017. She is a Fellow of the Engendering Success in STEM research consortium, collaborating with industry partners to use science-based interventions to advance the inclusion and success of women in engineering. When not pursuing her passion for research, Hilary also loves to spend time with her husband and three little boys, hike, camp, ski, watch spy movies, do arts and crafts, and travel.

Email: hburbank@uwaterloo.ca


Graduate Students

Emily Cyr

Emily Cyr

Emily completed her Social Psychology Masters program under the supervision of Dr. Bergsieker, and is currently working on her PhD. Emily researches how gender stereotypes influence our perceptions of romantic partners, and how objective social network structures moderate our behaviours and attitudes. Her other interests include intergroup trust, negotiation strategies, and minority-majority interactions. Outside of academia, she enjoys yoga, gardening and listening to audiobooks.

Email: encyr@uwaterloo.ca

Alex Huynh

Alex HuynhAlex is a sixth year graduate student in Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. He is currently studying the influence of ethnic diversity on changing cultural values, social trust, and rising individualism. He also researches the topics of social class, gender discrimination, and wise reasoning. Outside of academics, he loves traveling, practicing martial arts, cooking, and coffee.

Email: a7huynh@uwaterloo.ca

Erik Jansen

ErikErik is a second-year graduate student in Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo, working under the joint supervision of Dr. Bergsieker and Dr. Abigail Scholer. He completed his B.A. (Honours) at MacEwan University in Edmonton. He is interested in how intergroup interactions unfold, with the ultimate goal of improving interactions between diverse groups. Currently, he is investigating how majority-group members provide support to minorities after minorities experience discrimination. Outside of academics, he enjoys spending time with friends, reading, biking, music and video games.

Email: e2jansen@uwaterloo.ca

Sherman Kwok

ShermanKwokPicSherman started graduate school in Social Psychology in September 2016. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include personality influences on romantic relationship processes and communications in romantic relationships. He is also interested in investigating different ways to raise awareness of discrimination faced by minorities. Outside of school, Sherman likes listening to music, reading, and watching TV shows and movies.

Email: sherman.kwok@uwaterloo.ca 

Christopher Lok

ChristopherChris is a PhD student in Social Psychology. He completed his undergrad in Psychology at Waterloo where he also holds a degree in Accounting and Financial Management. His research interests include stereotypes and prejudice as well as performance and achievement gaps. Chris especially likes working on applied projects and interventions in real world settings. Non-research related interests include sports, movies, and video games.

Email: cblok@uwaterloo.ca

Frank Mu

FrankFrank is a second-year PhD student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at the University of Waterloo. He studies intergroup trust, gender stereotypes, and fairness in the workplace. His other interests include leadership, decision-making, applied statistics, and psychometrics. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, video games, and fiddling around with technology.

 

Harrison Oakes

Harrison Oakes

Harrison is a fourth-year PhD student and Vanier Scholar in Special Programs at the University of Waterloo. Together with Dr. Hilary Bergsieker and his supervisor, Dr. Richard Eibach, he has recently been examining the development of identity suspicion as a function of social environment. His other work explores issues related to gender and sexuality, power and wisdom, and societal levels of ideological change. He is the father of the world's cutest Shorkie puppy (@zara_lilz on Instagram), a fan of cooking and making desserts, grows a small jungle of plants, and loves his coffee.

 

Matthew Wilmot

MattMatthew is in the 4th year of his PhD working under the joint supervision of Dr. Bergsieker and Dr. Spencer. His research interests encompass the realm of social perception in intergroup contexts with a focus on how stigmatized members manage their interpersonal relations with in-group and out-group members. With an interest in the changing demographic landscape, Matthew investigates how intergroup phenomena interact with existing social and professional networks to challenge or facilitate efforts to form intercultural friendships.

Email: wilmot.10@osu.edu


Lab Managers

Tyler Hartwig

TylerI graduated from the Honours Psychology program. I have a wide range of interests within the field of social psychology and also within neurology. One of my interests tying the two together is how social situations/experiences can shape a person’s development, changing them both psychologically and physiologically. Some of my hobbies beyond school include guitar, hockey and photography.

 

Seth Mahon

SethI graduated from the Honours Psychology program with a research intesive specialization. My research interests involve intergroup dynamics and social networking within religious and corporate organizations. My current goal is to pursue a doctorate in Social Psychology. Outside of school my hobbies include graphic design, cooking, and playing board games.

 

Undergraduate Students

Monica Bustos

MonicaI am a second year student pursuing a major in health studies. My interests in social psychology include trust, intergroup relations and perceptions of social class specifically in minority groups experiencing discrimination and marginalization. I am also interested in how social interactions relate to a population’s health and wellbeing. In my spare time, I like to read, watch films, listen to live music and go outdoors.

 

Sarah Dargie

SarahI am currently in my second year of a double major in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. My main interests in psychology focus on Psychopathology as well as Social Psychology, specifically what influences people to develop relationships with certain people over others. In my free time, I like to bake, do yoga, sing, dance, and play my ukulele!

Apery Kirakalaprathapan

AperyI am currently a second year Health Studies student hoping to pursue a health research specialization. I am in the process of refining my research interests, but I am interested in understanding the social psychological effects of intergroup relations on both general and mental health of individuals. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, running, baking, and listening to music.

Jake Pavicic

JakeI am currently in my third year of Honours Psychology (BA) after transferring from game development. I hope to pursue clinical psychology after my undergraduate, but am open to other opportunities. When I find free time, I enjoy writing, graphic design, and watching video essays dissecting films.

Haroon Pervez

haroonpervezpicI am currently in my fourth year of Honours Psychology (BSc). My interests lie in various fields of psychology, however I am particularly interested in Industrial/Organizational as well as Clinical Psychology. During my free time, I enjoy sports and weightlifting, as well as photography and videography.

Mathew Pugh

mathewpughI am currently in my third year of a BA in psychology with a research-intensive specialization. My interests in psychology lie in how social relationships can serve as protective factors against various forms of psychopathology. After completing my undergraduate degree I hope to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist or as a researcher in the field of social psychology or psychopathology. In my free time, I like to perform musical theatre and relax with my friends.

Hunter Rose

HunterI am a fourth year Honours Legal Studies and Psychology student with a Research Intensive Specialization. I have a broad interest in social and clinical areas of psychology, and their interaction with the judicial system. I hope to positively influence public and professional attitudes towards those who encounter the law. When I’m not in class, I can be found stress-baking, practicing yoga, playing guitar, and complaining about the weather to my dog.

Natasha Wall

natashaI am an Honours Psychology student, particularly interested in how implicit bias and unconscious motivations affect the success of social interactions. I’m also interested in the intersection of cognitive science and social psychology, specifically the application of artificial neural networks to social learning. In addition to Psychology, I enjoy windsurfing, sailing and camping.

Lab Director

Hilary Bergsieker

Graduate Students

Emily Cyr

Alex Huynh

Erik Jansen

Sherman Kwok

Christopher Lok

Frank Mu

Harrison Oakes

​Matthew Wilmot

Lab Managers

Tyler Hartwig

​Seth Mahon

Undergraduate Students

Monica Bustos

Sarah Dargie

​Apery Kirakalaprathapan

Jake Pavicic

Haroon Pervez

Mathew Pugh

Hunter Rose

Natasha Wall