Cultural Collective Lab

Graduate Students

Jessica Padgett, PhD candidate

Jessica is a PhD student in Social and Personality Psychology working with Dr. Richard Lalonde. She completed her M.Sc at Western University in the Personality and Measurement area. Her dissertation uses the lens of cultural psychology to understand the relationship between biased historical narratives, national identity, and contemporary sociopolitical values. Other topics of interest include modern masculinity, the model minority stereotype, and media engagement. Jessica also has a strong interest in methodology, specifically in psychometrics, profile analysis, and natural language processing. For more information, please visit her website.


Ronda Lo, PhD candidate

Ronda is a PhD student in Social and Personality Psychology working under Dr. Richard Lalonde. She is broadly interested in how culture influences cognitive processes (e.g. visual attention, language use) and sibling relationships. Outside of research, Ronda's hobbies include drawing, reading, and playing video games. For more information, please visit her website.




Rebecca Dunk, MA candidate

Rebecca is a Masters student in Social and Personality Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Raymond Mar. Her thesis work will examine whether Western perceptions of propaganda vary based on cultural context. More broadly, she is interested in how culture affects storytelling both stylistically and from an audience perspective. Rebecca's undergraduate research focused on the assumptions people hold about supernatural entities and the ways in which people conceptualize good versus evil. For more information, please visit her website.



Lab Manager

Audrey Li-Chay-Chung

Audrey is a fourth-year student currently enrolled in the Specialized Honours BA Psychology program at Glendon. She has been a research assistant in the Cultural Collective Lab since 2019.  She is currently doing an Independent Research Project under Dr. Lalonde's supervision, working on a manuscript on inter-ethnic perceptions of interracial relationships. Outside of school, Audrey's hobbies and interests include film, running, and travelling.

She can be reached by email at

Research Assistants

Uyen Nhi Nguyen

Uyen Nhi (Annie) Nguyen is in her last year of the Specialized Honours program at York. She is interested in cultural identity and specifically bicultural identity in a family context. She’s looking to learn more about how culture is perceived and interpret in different social contexts as a new member of the Cultural Collective Lab. Outside of psychology, she is interested in cooking, different cuisines and travelling.


Kelly AcevedoKelly Acevedo

Kelly is a fourth-year student in the Specialized Honours B.Sc. Psychology program at Glendon. She is currently working under Dr. Richard Lalonde's supervision on her Honours Thesis that aims to assess the validity of a measure that identifies food motivation. Outside her academic life, Kelly enjoys cooking, hiking and snowshoeing.





Max Cooper

Max completed B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy at University of Ottawa, before moving to Asia where he worked over six years as a teacher and tutor (in India, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines). Observing his students’ struggles with mental health, across diverse ages and backgrounds, inspired him to enroll in the Specialized Honours Psychology program at York. He is interested in research intersecting cultural and clinical psychology, including the applicability of psychotherapeutic interventions to diverse populations.




Previous Post-Docs

Maya Yampolsky, Assistant Professor, Université Laval
Rui Zhang, Assistant Professor, Dickinson College Laval
Andrea Smith, Deceased

Previous PhD Students

Jim Cameron, Professor, St. Mary's University                                                                                                                               Jorida Cila, SSHRC Postdoc, Ryerson University
Banu Cingöz Ulu, Assistant Professor, METU, Turkey
Ben Giguère, Associate Professor, University of Guelph
Reeshma Haji, Associate Professor, Laurentian University
Evelina Lou, Senior Consultant, Navigator Ltd.
Mirella Stroink, Professor & Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University

Previous MA Students

Justin Michel (2017), MSc in Couple and Family Therapy, University of Guelph
Jane Wong (2008), Psy.D, St. John's University
Mike F. Hull (2001)
Donna J. Woolverton (1998)
Deena Weiss (1998)
Anelise G. Araujo-Forlot (1995)
Alison Inglis (1990), Chief Psychologist at Upper Canada District School Board
Randy A. Silverman (1989), Psychologist at Dr. Silverman & Associates