Doctoral Students

roxanne aubin

Roxanne Aubin

As a Ph.D. student in psychology, I am passionate about social and clinical psychology. The research ideas that I have developed with Dre Catherine Amiot involve the self in the context of intergroup relations. The first branch of my research program is concerned with the impact of a group’s social power on the individual well-being of its members. More specifically, I am examining whether the power a group has over the decisions that concerne its own environment, resources and destiny (i.e.,intragroup power) has a stronger effect on group members’ individual well-being compared to the power a group has over the decisions concerning the environment, resources and destiny of outgroups (i.e., extragroup power).  The second branch of my research program focuses on mediating processes that could explain the links between group power and individual well-being (e.g., intergroup emotions and appraisal of collective coping options). These research ideas are inspired by existing social issues, such as the sociopolitical situation of First Nation Peoples, Tibetans and the independence interests of Québécois.


Sophie Sansfaçon

I started my PhD in social psychology in September 2008. I conducted an honours thesis during the 2007-2008 school year concerning the links between motivations to identify as a Quebecois, ingroup bias, and identity threat. My doctoral thesis examines the influence of multiple groups on the endorsement of group norms. More specifically, I am interested in investigating how the congruence (degree of similarity vs. divergence) between the norms endorsed by different important social groups has an impact on specific social behaviors. Broadly, I wish to investigate the individual and group variables that contribute to the endorsement of more prosocial group norms (e.g., pro-environmental behaviours). Besides my thesis, I also participated in a program of research on the motivations that underlie behaviours that are considered "harmful". We explored the internalization of those behaviors (e.g., discrimination) when they are promoted by a social group that is important for the individual.


Maya Yampolsky

I am completing my doctorate in experimental psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where I specialize in social and cultural psychology, as well as self and identity psychology.  My dissertation project is on the experience of living with more than one culture, and how our identification with their different cultures is shaped by our social environment (e.g., social support, cultural participation).  I’m interested in further examining this multicultural identity process in different contexts (e.g., in close relationships and subcultures) throughout my career.  I am also currently involved in the development of a dynamic acculturation measure through my collaboration with Dr. Ryder and the Culture, Health and Personality Lab at Concordia.   Some of my other research interests include multiculturalism, and intercultural relationships and experiences.


Melisa Arias-Valenzuela

My interest in research began during my undergraduate degree at the Laboratory of Personality and Social Psychology at the University of Ottawa. It is where I completed my honors thesis under the direction of Dr. Dave Miranda and where I developed my interest for social psychology and interculturalism. I now continue my academic career doing a doctorate in psychology in the scientist-practitioner profile under the direction of Dr. Catherine Amiot. At the LRSI, my doctoral research will focus on the style of cultural normative conflict resolution among second-generation immigrants. I wish to explore how cultural identity configurations (see Amiot and colleagues, 2007) influence the style of conflict resolution of second-generation immigrants in specific situations that make salient normative conflicts between their two cultures. I also want to investigate if the relationship between these variables is moderated by the perceived discrepancy between the norms of the two cultures. Given the important proportion of second-generation immigrants in the Canadian population (45 % in 2011 according to Statistics Canada), this research will respond to important issues related to conflict resolution and cultural identity.