Above: My Masters' 'convocation' at home during the COVID-19 pandemic!
Below: Me receiving the RHR Kendall-Evans Award from then president Dr. Josh Bourdage for the male allyship project at the 2022 Canadian Psychological Association's Annual Convention; photo by Sam Hancock
My Research Journey
I have always had an interest in people and understanding what impacts their behaviour. Hence, through several experiences during my undergraduate studies at Brescia University College at Western University (e.g., working as a research assistant in the Esses Lab; working as a student researcher with Middlesex County; beginning to work on the Youth Wellness Quest with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), I realized how much I enjoyed working in research. I thus completed an honours thesis on perfectionism under the supervision of Dr. Don Saklofske and earning my Honours BA in Psychology in 2017.
After my undergraduate studies, I began working in two research positions. At the Survey Research Centre at the University of Waterloo, I helped both academic and non-academic researchers conduct survey research on a range of topics. As the lab manager for the EDGE Lab, which is now named the GEDI Lab, I was exposed to the field of organizational behaviour - and found my passion for working on research related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
I therefore went on to earn my MSc in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. I completed my Master's thesis under the supervision of Dr. Greg Irving, examining how organizational repair behaviours after a psychological contract breach could restore employees' expectations. During this time, I also began working with Dr. Ivona Hideg, Dr. Janine Bosak, and Dr. Madeline Heilman to understand how others perceive and react to male allyship for gender equality in the workplace.
I am now pursuing my PhD in Organization Studies at the Schulich School of Business at York University under the supervision of Dr. Hideg. During this time, I have been fortunate to continue working on that male allyship project as well as others around equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace with various collaborators. More about these projects may be found on my Projects page.
I have finished the coursework portion of my PhD program, having gained training in both quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology. I recently completed and passed my comprehensive exams; next steps therefore include working on my dissertation, with the goal of being on the job market beginning Spring/Summer 2024!