People

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jason Deska

Dr. Jason Deska is the director of the Social Perception & Intergroup Relations lab at Ryerson University. He completed his PhD at Miami University under the supervision of Kurt Hugenberg and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto with Nick Rule.


Graduate Students

Sam Pejic is an incoming graduate student starting Fall 2020. Stay tuned for more about her!

This could be you!

The Social Perception & Intergroup Relations lab is actively recruiting new graduate students. You can learn more about graduate training in psychology at Ryerson University here, and Dr. Deska encourages interested applicants to email him directly.


Research Assistants

Rachel Appiah is an undergraduate Psychology student minoring in Organizational Leadership. Throughout her undergraduate years, Rachel has been particularly drawn to theories and literature in the areas of social, cognitive and industrial/organizational psychology. She is interested in exploring how different styles of leadership influence employees and their performance in the workplace; and how to positively impact the well-being of a person in and out of social institutions.

Samira Hussein is an undergraduate Psychology student minoring in English. She is interested in the areas of clinical and social psychology, with a particular interest in how social perceptions and biases on the basis of race can affect the standard of healthcare (both physical and mental) individuals receive.

Krisoula Kotassidis is a fourth-year undergraduate Psychology student minoring in Sociology, and an honour’s thesis student in the lab. She is interested in social psychology research, as well as the practice of psychotherapy. In this lab, she is excited to explore individual biases about how weight affects pain sensitivity, and what are the psychological beliefs contributing to such stereotypical perceptions.

Natalie Loserro is a third year undergraduate psychology student with a passion for social and memory psychology. Specifically, she is interested in how others are perceived and memories are stored based on the biases we present with. In this lab she hopes to further understand the complications associated with the biases humans hold and how they affect interpersonal relationships.

Saba Salemi is an undergraduate Psychology student in her 4th year at Ryerson, and is a research practicum student in the lab. In terms of various fields in psychology, she is interested in both the social and personality branches. In this particular lab, she is interested to explore how various physical attributes affect first impressions and judgements among individuals, and how self-perception can influence those judgements.

Kyla Shaw is a fourth-year Psychology and Health undergraduate student at Queens University. She is passionate about research in human judgment and attitudes, including the hidden evolutionary judgment processes that become less adaptable as society changes. Kyla is eager to gain more experience in psychological research, especially related to the processes behind discriminatory judgments.

Anthony Tay is a third-year undergraduate Biology student minoring in Psychology. He is interested in the biological basis of psychopathology, personality, and social psychology. In this particular lab, he is excited to explore the existence, origins, and possible interventions to eliminate various human stigmas.


Lab Alumni

  • Undergraduate Alumni
    • Jeremy Mesich
    • David Racioppa
    • Tav Sandhu