Research Assistants

Brian Mulvaney

Brian Mulvaney

I started my involvement in the IRSJ lab as a volunteer in the Making Ends Meet poverty simulation. Since then, I have had the privilege of helping on projects ranging from studies on cross-group contact to Engendering Success in STEM, an investigation of gender bias reduction in the sciences. After undergraduate studies, I will pursue a master’s degree in the field of clinical audiology, where I intend to employ attention toward intergroup processes and social identities.

Chelsea Coombes

Chelsea CoombesI started volunteering in the lab after taking Dr. Wright’s Intergroup Relations course. I became intrigued with learning about prejudice, discrimination, and social structures that apply to everyday life. I was then awarded the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) for social sciences which allowed me to gain further research experience working alongside graduate students within the lab. I am currently working closely with Maitland Waddell and Priscilla Shum on a project that looks into how the COVID-19 pandemic affects individuals’ intergroup attitudes.

Jennifer Tester

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Jonathan Mendel

I am currently completing an honours degree with Dr. Stephen Wright and his Making Ends Meet Poverty Simulator study. I am working closely with Odilia Dys-Steenberger to help facilitate the poverty simulation with the goal of eventually bringing the simulation into the community at large. In addition to this, I recently became an editor for the SFU Undergraduate Journal of Psychology. The poverty simulation project is very important to me as I have volunteered extensively in the Downtown East Side and am motivated to challenge many of the negative stereotypes and attributions associated with impoverished people in Vancouver. My research interests include dehumanization, both in the socio-economic and healthcare contexts, as well as reciprocal dehumanization. My goal is to continue my inter group-relations research through graduate school ultimately obtaining a graduate degree in social psychology.

Michelle Korlacka

Omry Gribov

Omry Gribov

I joined the lab after learning about the poverty simulation, which left me excited to help. I am completing a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. I have been interested in psychological research for a while and joining the lab has helped me gain a better understanding of how it is done. I plan continue into graduate school and hope to eventually conduct my own research.

Ramsha Anwar

Ramsha Anwar 1

I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student with a major in Psychology. Since my intial involvement in the IRSJ Lab through the Poverty Simulator, I have had the opportunity to serve on the organizing committee. In addition, I have also played a role in the Community Identity Project with Odilia Dys-Steenbergen. My interests include prejudice reduction, inter-group behavior and understanding how to successfully facilitate social contact.


Veronica Wong

Veronica Wong

I am currently an undergraduate student studying psychology with a focus in counseling. I started volunteering for the lab to learn more about social psychology, especially the phenomena that can be found in everyday life. I am interested in group processes and attribution theories. I wanted to volunteer for this lab as a stepping stone for future lab experiences and to build on my knowledge of intergroup relations. In the future, I plan to continue studying psychology in graduate school. I spend my time outside of school volunteering as a youth leader in Scouts as well as volunteering for a variety of events at SFU.