Saba Safdar, Ph.D. - Associate Professor



I have been at the University of Guelph, Psychology Department since 2002. I received my BA from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (1996) and my Master's and PhD from York University, Toronto, Canada (2002).


Research Interests

My research interests lie broadly within the area of cross-cultural psychology. To date, my work has primarily examined a wide range of factors that could help to understand adaptation processes of immigrants, including resilience, acculturation strategies, and ethnic and national identity. In addition to my research on immigration, I am interested in examining the academic, psychological, and social adaptation processes among international students. In my research, I use both qualitative and quantitative methods. This includes focus groups, interviews, multigroup analysis and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM).


In the past two years, my students and I have been examining the relation between expression of identity (including ethnic and national identity) and attitudes toward clothing (both ethnic and conventional fashion) among second generation immigrants in Canada.


Sample Publications


Professional Activities:

I am an active member of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and I have served as the Chair of the International and Cross-Cultural Section of the CPA (2006-2008). I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International and Intercultural Relations, the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and the Journal of Iranian Psychologists.


About the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research

The Centre for Cross-Cultural Research was established in 2005 after receiving support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Since its establishment, the Centre has hosted doctoral and masters' students, undergraduate honours students, research assistants, and visiting fellows. Additionally, several local, national, and international collaborations have been developed, all of which have been based at the Centre, where focus groups and workshops are conducted and data are analysed and stored. The Centre is uniquely situated to provide various projects with the necessary intellectual and infrastructure resources to enable success.

International researchers are welcome to spend their sabbatical or their research leave at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research. To apply please contact the director, Prof. Safdar, at




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