People

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jason Deska

Dr. Jason Deska is the director of the Social Perception & Intergroup Relations lab at Toronto Metropolitan 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

Lucas Baron is an incoming graduate student. Stay tuned for more!

Karen Chan is an incoming graduate student. Stay tuned for more!

Sam Pejic is a second year Psychological Science master’s student. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Western University. Her past undergraduate research focused on the impact of social media on women’s self and beauty perceptions, as well as exercise and eating behaviour. Sam’s current research focuses on investigating how social pain judgments differ as a function of population membership (e.g., prisoner, exoneree), as well as addiction stigma research.


Affiliated Graduate Students

  • Leah Hamovich
  • Krischanda Bemister
  • Eden Hoffer

Research Assistants

Anamika Bose is a third-year undergraduate Biology student who is interested in exploring the fields of clinical and social psychology. In particular, she wants to investigate how the standard of healthcare is influenced by the stereotypes and biases that we form of each other. Through this lab, Anamika hopes to gain insight into ways to better reform the various systems in our society to reduce inequality.

Nishka Gupta is an undergraduate student going into her fourth year of study. She is majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Psychology. A long term goal of hers is to expand research done on the South Asian community, specifically immigrants in Canada. By being a part of this lab, she wishes to help destigmatize mental health to minority groups. Nishka hopes to pursue her graduate studies soon in a related field.

Emma Robers is a 3rd year undergraduate student in the BSW program who is minoring in Family Supports and Community practice. She holds a diploma in Social Service Work from George Brown College. She is interested in social pain perceptions and how these perceptions influence or bias those who work with social service users who are visible minorities. Through this lab she hopes to better understand these perceptions in order to inform policy and decision-makers.

Stephanie Truong is a fourth-year psychology student completing her undergraduate thesis in the Social Perception and Intergroup Relations lab. She is interested in how social identities intersect and contribute to prejudice and racial discrimination. In the future, she hopes to continue her studies in counselling psychology.

Krystina Wint is an undergraduate psychology student returning to academia after a decade-long hiatus spent living abroad. By passively observing other cultures while travelling, she developed a particular interest in how different individuals cultivate relationships. Future research interests include exploring the ways social and biological psychology work in tandem, influencing attachment behaviours and bonding.


Lab Alumni

  • Undergraduate Alumni
    • Rachel Appiah, 2019-2022
    • Vartan Bzdikian, 2021
    • Mahida Chaudhry, 2021-2022
    • Darlyn Edada, 2022
    • Samira Hussein, 2020-2021
    • Krisoula Kotassidis, 2020-2021
    • Natalie Loserro, 2019-2020
    • Jeremy Mesich, 2019-2020
    • Melanie Parasram, 2021-2022
    • David Racioppa, 2019-2020
    • Saba Salemi, 2020
    • Tav Sandhu, 2019-2020
    • Kyla Shaw, 2020-2021
    • Anthony Tay, 2021-2022
    • Joey Vong, 2021-2022

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