Research Assistants

Brian Mulvaney

Chelsea Coombes

Jennifer Tester

Jonathan Mendel (

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.

Katia Siamer (

Katia Siamer

My name is Katia and I have had the honor to be part of the organizing committee for the poverty simulation, in 2018. I enjoy very much my time at the lab and hope to gain more experience in the world of research, as I aspire to contribute and work with vulnerable populations in the future.

Michelle Korlacka

McKenzie Bahrami

Nathalia Lee

Nathalia Lee

I started as a service provider for the Making Ends Meet poverty simulation. Currently, I am doing a Research Engagement course for another project within the lab. I am a Psychology major and Sociology minor. This lab allows me to combine my interests and knowledge from both fields and apply them to projects that bridges research and community.



Nathan Ryan

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As a current Master’s in Public Policy student at SFU Vancouver, I enjoy identifying societal problems and finding solutions that will benefit everyone involved. That is primarily what attracted me to the Research Assistant position in the Making Ends Meet Poverty Simulation. There are so many intersectional layers that have led to variation in how individuals experience poverty, and no two people have the same experiences. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2018. Following completion of my Master’s degree, I will be applying to either law or medicine. I plan to use my experiences in this lab to better connect with my clients or patients who come from different walks of life.

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

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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.


Spencer Chen 

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.