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 Ph.D. in 2018 at Miami University under the supervision of Kurt Hugenberg and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto with Nick Rule.


Graduate Students

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

Tav Sandhu is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology and Human Resource Management. She is interested in the area of social psychology. Specifically, in race relations between clients and therapists in counselling.

David Racioppa is a research assistant with a passion for personality and social psychology. One of his prevalent interests is how mental heuristics like biases affect judgments, behaviour, and interpersonal relationships. He hopes to examine this in greater detail during graduate school, as well as possible strategies for overcoming biases.

Jeremy Mesich is an undergraduate psychology student who is interested in researching how an individual’s prejudice affects their perceptions and behaviours towards members who belong to outside social groups. Jeremy is also interested in further exploring topics related to relations between racial groups and exploring how Eurocentric approaches in policy lead to indirect discrimination among minority groups seeking services.

Rachel Appiah