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Our Research Team

Lab members

Students at the post-doctorate, doctorate and master's programs


Galina L. Gorborukova, Ph.D. (Post-doctorate)

My research interests lie in several areas and disciplines. I work in Kyrgyzstan, where I explore how the collapse of state socialism has simultaneously undermined the already existing communities, and precipitated the emergence of new ones.  I also study how individuals act as agents of their own identities, tracing how experienced or imagined trauma create or influence the post-socialist identities and their meanings.  Moreover, I am interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms of cultural identity change and how cultural representations emerge at the intersection of ethnicity.


Mathieu Pelletier (PhD Candidate)

Currently I am interested in the relationship between the dramatic social changes and clarity of cultural identity.  It has been theorized that a dramatic social change brought a reduction in the clarity of cultural identity, or the link has not yet been tested empirically.  During my doctoral studies, I will try to determine which variables can explain the link between the dramatic social changes and clarity of cultural identity.


Mélissa Stawski (PhD candidate)

Je m’intéresse aux perceptions de soi lors de travail en groupe, spécifiquement, dans une organisation. Notre identité, qui consiste en la manière l’on se définit, est construit à partir de notre environnement social (Erikson, 1980;Turner, Oakes, Haslam, & McGarthy, 1994). Le travail étant l’un des environnements sociaux les plus importants de l’âge adulte, il est attendu qu’il ait des répercussions importants sur l’identité des travailleurs. Dans le cadre de ma thèse de doctorat, j’examinerai l’effet de différentes caractéristiques du travail en groupe  sur l’identité des travailleurs.


Diana Cardenas (PhD candidate)

My main research interest is the process of identity integration in the context of immigration. More specifically, I want to understand how people can have a coherent self-concept when they are confronted with different identities. I am also interested in understanding the consequences of identity integration on prejudice and intergroup conflict.

Laura French Bourgeois (PhD candidate)

Each group has its own values, but behavior of group members does not always correspond to respecting these values. Then the question arises from this problem: how to align individual behavior in accordance with values in which ​​that person believes?

As part of my PhD studies, I am interested in researching various factors that encourage individuals to change their behavior so that it is consistent with values ​​of their group. In particular, I am using the Theory of normative behavior which is the basis of several studies that apply social norms as a form of intervention in changing behavior.

Mathieu Caron-Diotte (Maîtrise)

Je m’intéresse à l’intégration de nouvelles identités par les individus, par exemple, suite à l’immigration, de transitions de vie ou de changements sociaux. Plus précisément, je m’intéresse aux processus cognitifs par lesquels les individus vont intégrer de nouvelles identités dans leur soi. Mon projet de maîtrise concerne l’établissement de liens cognitifs entre les identités des individus. Je tente de déterminer les caractéristiques des liens cognitifs qui permettent l’intégration des identités.

Students at the Bachelor's program

Jérémie Dupuis (Stage de recherche, 2014)

Je suis présentement le rédacteur en chef pour le huitième volume du Journal sur l’identité, les relations interpersonnelles et les relations intergroupes (JIRIRI). Je m’intéresse à l’effet de l’environnement social sur l’identité des individus. Plus précisément, je m’intéresse aux phénomènes de l’âgisme et des stéréotypes négatifs sur l’identité des personnes âgées.

Sarah Gaham (Assistante technique de recherche, 2014)

I work with other students in the laboratory to establish a psychological definition of social change in order to better understand its characteristics and its impact on individuals and groups. The study of social change is often neglected in social psychology. It is important to bring this issue to the center of this area of ​​research to better understand the challenges that millions of people around the world face. Currently, I am particularly interested in the ways in which individuals cope with shared threats as well as the impact of those threats on their identity and well-being. I have also been working within the JIRIRI's editorial team for two years, currently as the Managing Editor for the 7th volume.  


Lily Trudeau-Guévin (Assistante technique de recherche, 2014)

Je travaille présentement en étroite collaboration avec d’autres étudiants du laboratoire sur un projet concernant le changement social. L’objectif est de définir le changement social d’un point de vue psychologique. Pour ce faire, nous passons au peigne fin tout ce qui a été publié dans le domaine des changements sociaux. Je suis également impliquée au sein du Journal sur l’identité, les relations interpersonnelles et les relations intergroupes depuis deux ans. Cette année, j’agis à titre de formatrice pour les nouveaux membres du journal.

Nada Kadhim (Assistante technique de recherche, 2014)

Je travaille présentement sur un projet qui porte à définir le changement social, plus particulièrement, le changement social dramatique. En évaluant le changement social dramatique du point de vue des perspectives psychologiques et sociologiques, je cherche à découvrir les conditions qui mènent à un changement social dramatique ainsi que les caractéristiques de celui-ci. Je désire également connaitre la façon dont les individus qui vivent un changement social dramatique perçoivent celui-ci.


Matt Davidson

Matt worked as the Lab Coordinator from April to December 2013. He is currently pursuing PhD in neuropsychology at the University of Queensland in Australia.

Amélie Privé (Stage de recherche, 2013)

Amélie est présentement inscrite à l'Université d'Ottawa en biochimie.

Marie-Josée Leclerc (Research internship, 2012)

Marie Josée is currently pursuing PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Elodie Roebroeck

Elodie is currently pursuing PhD at the University Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France) under supervision of Serge Guimon.

Mariam Najih (Research internship, 2012)

Mariam is currently pursuing Master’s in counseling psychology at McGill University.

Fabrice Pinard Saint-Pierre, M.Sc.

Fabrice is currently working at TELUQ while pursuing his writting career.

Esther Usborne, Ph.D. (Post-doctorate, 2011)

Esther currently works for the Government of Canada.

Émilie Auger (Master's, 2011)

Émilie is currently pursuing PhD at McGill University under supervision of John Lydon.


Marie-Claire Sancho (Master's, 2011)

Marie-Claire currently teaches psychology at Collège/Cégep Ahunstic.

Marie-Elaine Huberdeau (Master's, 2010)

Marie-Elaine passed away in July 2013. During her master's studies she impressed us with her energy and teaching skills. Through her research she has also shown us that ideas can really change the world.

Anne Gendreau (Research internship, 2010)

Anne is pursuing PhD at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) under supervision of Mélanie Vachon.


Régine Debrosse (Honors, 2009)

Régine is pursuing PhD in social psychology at McGill University under supervision of Donald Taylor.

Raphaël Gani (Research internship, 2009)

Raphaël is completing Master’s in history under supervision of Jocelyn Létourneau.


Cristina Perozzo (Master's, 2008)

Cristina is completing PhD in intervention/research psychology at the University of Laval.


Joëlle Carpentier (Honor, 2008)

Joëlle is currently pursuing PhD at University of Montreal under supervision of Geneviève Mageau.

Simon Coulombe (Honors, 2008)

Simon is completing doctorate studies in community psychology.


Sophie Aspirault (Associate Editor, JIRIRI, 2012)
Christine Gros (Research Assistant, 2011)
Camille Anctil (Research internship, 2010)
Julie Sauvageau (Research internship, 2010)
Jasna Komlijenovic (Research internship, 2010)
Corinna Antonacci (Research internship, 2010)
Mathieu Mireault (Research internship, 2010)
Valérie Courchesne (Research internship, 2009)
Virginie Riel (Research intership, 2009)
Alexandre Smith-Peter (Research internship, 2009)
Karine Benoit (Research internship, 2009)
Sebastien Nguyen (Research internship, 2009)
Joanne Adeclas (Research internship, 2008)
Simon Coulombe (Honors, 2008)
Anne-Marie Hénault (Honors, 2007)
Elsy Fneiche (Volunteer, 2007-2008)


University of Montréal
Social psychology research labs (PSUM)
Laboratory on support of intrinsic needs in hierarchical relationships (SOBI)
Social change and identity laboratory (CSI)

Québec and Canada
Catherine E. Amiot, Ph.D., University of Québec in Montréal
Donald M. Taylor, Ph.D., McGill University
Francine Tougas, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
Mark W. Baldwin, Ph.D., McGill University
John E. Lydon, Ph.D., McGill University

Nazgul Sadykova, MA, American University of Central Asia
Galina L. Gorborukova- American University of Central Asia
Zarina Osmonalieva, American University of Central Asia


Eugene Dotsenko, Tyumen State University

Yasmin Lodi, Ph. D., Aga Khan Humanities project

Onon Perenlei, MA

Join the team

To join the team, you must be passionate about the world of theoretical ideas and research in social psychology. You need to be interested in issues that relate to identity, social change, well being, discrimination, racism, culture shock. In short, all of the issues that have social significance and which primarily affect the most disadvantaged populations.


It is the ideas that change the world!

For those who are pursuing graduate studies

I prefer working with research students who begin first at the Master’s level. In my opinion, Master’s program enables to develop and accomplish a specific research project (thesis) and submit without delay a scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal.
I supervise students in a research program/intervention.  Interest in research must be very strong. I expect that the theoretical contribution of the PhD thesis will be as important as a doctoral research. I am also open to students wishing to pursue a D. Psy. and who are interested in my research topics. 


Community connections

Christmas 2010 for orphaned children in Kirghizstan
Kativik School Board
Radio Centre-Ville, CINQ FM 102,3 «Ici Radio-Refuge»
Radio-Canada, «Maisonneuve en direct»
Orphanage - Lotus Child Center, Mongolia
Southern African Migration Project (SAMP)
Montreal inter-university research center on study of ethnic relations (CEETUM)
Intergroup Relations and Aboriginal Peoples Laboratory (IRAP), Donald M. Taylor
Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)
Canadian National Committee for CODATA (CNC/CODATA)
Psychology departement, University of Montréal
Civic Education Project (CEP)
Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP)
National University of Mongolia (NUM)
American University of Central Asia (AUCA)
Academic Fellowship Program, Soros Foundation
University of Central Asia (UCA)

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