Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jorida Cila wins Sandra Pyke Award

Jorida Cila, a PhD Candidate supervised by Prof. Richard Lalonde in the S/P Psychology area, has won the 4th Annual Sandra Pyke Award!!

The Sandra Pyke Award recognizes graduate student excellence and is administered at the annual YUTSPA Conference.

Keep up the amazing work Jorida!!

Richard Lalonde and Jorida Cila

Thursday, September 22, 2016

SP Orientation and New Students

The Social-Personality Area at York University recently held our annual orientation to kick off the fall semester! Our orientation is the first of our colloquium brownbag series every Monday from 12:00-1:30pm.

This year everyone caught up from summer over a wonderful pot luck lunch. Attendees were also entered into random raffle draws for prizes. Special thanks to Dr. Esther Greenclass and Co. (Kristen Maki and Joana Katter) for organizing the event.

We also welcomed out new graduate students to the area. Welcome Ashley, Christina, and Rotem!

(Left to Right) Ashley, Christina, Rotem, and Esther Greenglass

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Alexandria and Regis graduate with their MA.

Alexandria West, supervised by Dr. Joni Sasaki, and Regis Caprara supervised by Dr. Kerry Kawakami successfully defended their theses and graduated with their Master's degrees!

Both Alexandria and Regis are continuing their research in the S/P program as PhD students. Congratulations to you both!

Alexandria West and Regis Caprara

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Justin Friesen accepts Tenure-track position at the University of Winnipeg

Dr. Justin Friesen, a post-doctoral researcher working with Dr. Kerry Kawakami at York U has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Friesen is now Assistant Professor and Principle Investigator of the Motivation, Ideology, and Inequality Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Winnipeg. Way to go Justin!

You can read more about Justin Friesen's work and lab at HERE.

Dr. Justin Friesen

Monday, March 07, 2016

S/P Brownbag: Dr. Tae Hart (Ryerson)

The Social-Personality Colloquium Series was pleased to feature Dr. Tae Hart from Ryerson University.

She presented her talk "Psychological Effects of Gay and Bisexual Men’s Treatment for Prostate Cancer". 

Dr. Hart at York University

Dr. Hart completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and then held a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University's School of Medicine. Dr. Hart is currently a professor in the Psychology department at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on psychological factors associated with adjustment to illness in chronically-ill individuals. Primarily, her work has investigated quality of life, psychological distress, and symptom burden in patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, multiple sclerosis, or gastrointestinal disorders.

For more information about Dr. Hart's research, please visit:

Thursday, February 04, 2016

York grad named Associate Editor at Psych Science

Ayse Uskul, a PhD graduate from York's S/P Psychology program has recently been named an Associate Editor at Psychological Science for 2016. Psychological Science is one of the highest ranked empirical peer-reviewed journals in psychology.

Ayse is also a Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. Way to go Ayse!

Dr. Ayse Uskul

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Research Funding for Dr. Lalonde and Dr. Sasaki

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Lalonde and Dr. Joni Sasaki!

They were awarded a 5 year grant by SSHRC, entitled "The double-edged sword of the model minority stereotype: Cognitive components, affective responses, and psychological outcomes".

Great job!

Dr. Richard Lalonde
Dr. Joni Sasaki