Graduate Students

Joseph Comeau

Joseph

Interests: Although I have interests in many areas of psychology, many of those interests have combined to lead me into the area of Social Psychology. One of those interests is how we construct our identity in relation to the groups we belong to and how our self-identity influences certain behaviours in our life. One order of behaviours that I have a long-standing interest in is addictions (of all types). This is the area I worked in for my Honours thesis. The interest in addictions relates to my present interests in groups and identity in that I am curious about the roles self-identity and group based identities play in determining who becomes and who does not become an addict among the many people who dabble in the behaviours that are so destructive for a few.
Email: josephc@sfu.ca


Gregory Boese

Greg fall 2015

Interests: I received my MA degree from the University of Manitoba in 2012 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.
Email: gboese@sfu.ca
Twitter: @gregboese


Odilia Dys-Steenbergen

SFU Profile March 2018 (7)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).
Email: odysstee@sfu.ca
CV: CV_Odilia Dys-Steenbergen_July 2018


Ziv Levin

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Interests: I’m a third year 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. Across my work, I aim to turn “messy” group processes that can be observed in conflict-centered dialogue settings into independently testable predictions and individually-administered interventions in the lab. My interests include the politicization of identity, the motivated mechanisms of denial of and indifference to suffering, and group-level emotional attributions and meta-attributions.
Email: zlevin@sfu.ca


Priscilla Shum

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Interests: I am a second-year MA 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.
Email: pshum@sfu.ca

 


Maitland Waddell

maitland

I recently became a graduate 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.
Email: mwaddell@sfu.ca