Interests: I received my MA degree from the University of Manitoba and am currently a PhD student in Social Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Within the framework of social psychology, my interests concern intergroup relations and prosocial behavior. Across several lines of research, I apply theory and methods from psychology to understand the behavioural foundations of various social issues such as intergroup reconciliation, global poverty alleviation, and charitable giving.
Interests:I am a PhD student with a passion for social justice and an interest in both basic and applied research with a specific focus on intergroup relations and social identity. My Masters’ thesis examined the role of self-expansion motivation (the basic need to grow as a person) in cross-group interactions. My dissertation research will continue to look at the role of self-expansion motivation but within the context of community identity in a number of different neighbourhoods in Greater Vancouver in collaboration with the United Way of the Lower Mainland. For the last three years I have also facilitated a poverty simulation (see: https://mempovertysimulation.com/), designed to increase people’s awareness about poverty; and more recently I have joined a large research consortium (Success in STEM, see: http://successinstem.ca/) that tries to promote the social inclusion of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
CV: CV_Odilia Dys-Steenbergen_July 2018
Interests: I’m a PhD student in the IRSJ lab. I received my BA in psychology and sociology from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo in 2011, my group facilitation diploma from the School for Peace in 2014, my MA in social psychology from Tel Aviv University in 2015, and my academic teaching certificate from Simon Fraser University in 2017. My dissertation work explores the effects of extended contact with majority group members (i.e., the inclusion of outgroup members in one’s broader social network) on the political (dis)engagement of minority group members.
Interests: I am a PhD student in Social Psychology at Simon Fraser University. I received my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Educational Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. My current interests include prejudice and stereotyping of ethnic minorities, social contact and its applications, and as a side hobby, embodied cognition.
I am a MA student in the IRSJ lab and am thrilled to be continuing the research I began as one of Dr. Wright’s honours students. My research interest involves collective action, with a particular focus within two domains. The first concerns destructive intergroup behaviour: actions taken on behalf of one’s group with the proximal intent of harming an outgroup. The second concerns the factors that encourage identification as an activist and the psychological barriers people overcome to do so. Being an environmental activist myself, it is my hope that the research I conduct during my graduate degree can be applied in a way that mobilizes consequential collective action.
Marissa Traversa (They/She)
I am a Master’s student in Social Psychology at Simon Fraser University. I graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology and a minor in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. My current interests include cancel culture and collective validation; toxic masculinity and gender-based violence and oppression; radical/extreme prejudice; and psychometrics. I also work as a graduate researcher on the PRISM Project within the Engendering Success in STEM Consortium.