I am currently a graduate student at York University in the Social and Personality Psychology Department, working with Richard Lalonde in the Cultural Collective Lab.
I completed my M.Sc at Western University in 2017 in the Personality and Measurement program under the supervision of Paul Tremblay.
I completed my BA at The University of Waterloo in 2012, where I did a double major in Psychology and History.
My primary research interests are in the following areas
- Social Identity & Historical Narratives The way in which we think about our past can influence our present attitudes and behaviours. Likewise, our current perspectives can influence how we think about the past. My dissertation work focuses on the interplay between Canadian national identity, biases in historical narratives, and current sociopolitical attitudes. Specifically, I look into regional differences in Canadian identity and historical biases, assess what common historical narratives Canadians share, and consider how these identities and biases influence attitudes towards minority groups within Canada.
- Model Minority Stereotype The dominant stereotype of Asian Canadians paints them as intelligent, hard-working, and ambitious, though it can also be associated with more negative stereotypes, such as viewing them as perpetual foreigners. My work has looked at the relationship between these stereotypes and the well-being of Asian Canadians.
- Masculinity The expected gender roles and norms for boys and men can have a tremendous influence on their emotional, physical, and relational lives. My research has focused on non-traditional forms of masculinity, how it varies among groups and individuals, and the effects this variation can have on behaviours such as aggression and attitudes towards women.
- Scale Development The operationalization of unobserved variables is one of the most deceptively difficult tasks in psychological research. My work has focused on the psychometric processes that go into creating strong, reliable, and valid measures.