Starting in the IRSJ lab in 2018, my research interests surround intergroup helping and its role in decreasing or reinforcing systemic inequalities. Through my work with Dr. Stephen Wright and the Making Ends Meet Poverty Simulation, I explored how participant perceptions of competence towards those in poverty impact the type of help they endorse. Currently, I am pursuing an honours degree under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Wright and PhD student Priscilla Shum. This research examines the role of collaboration in cross-group interactions. My goal is to continue research on intergroup helping through future graduate degrees in counselling psychology, considering the therapeutic relationship through a social justice lens
My honours project looks at allyship, particularly from the view point of marginalized groups. Although the term “ally” is commonly used, there is no one definition or conceptualization of what it is. As such, my study hopes to gain insight into allies and their role in social justice in a way that is informed by the people and communities they wish to support.
I started my involvement in the IRSJ lab as a volunteer in 2019. My honours project focuses on mental health professionals’ perception of humanization of suicide attempters and how their humanization subsequently leads to different emotional responses. I am passionate about promoting social justice in the mental health system, and my project perfectly combines my interests in social psychology and clinical psychology. In addition to honours, I have also been awarded the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), which allows me to be more involved in a project that examines destructive intergroup behavior. I plan to pursue a graduate degree and eventually help others through both research and clinical practice.