Current Graduate Students - CCCR

 Melisa Choubak

Birth Place/Raised: Born in Iran, raised in Europe.

Education: PhD candidate, Applied Social Psychology, University of Guelph

Previous: MA (2014), Applied Social Psychology, U of Guelph; B.Sc.Hons Psych. York U; B.Ed. York U

Research Interests: My interests within cross-cultural psychology are manifold. I am interested in research pertaining to prejudice against minority groups and the perception of prejudice, and social inequality, especially for individuals who associate with more than one minority identity (intersectionality). Some of my interest lies in the intersection of ethnicity and gender (identity).


    Omorowa Eguakun

Birth Place/Raised: Fredericton New Brunswick, Canada

Cultural Ethnicity: Ghanaian

Education: B.Sc. Psychology Honours, University of Regina 

Research Interests: Cultural perceptions and attitudes towards mental health and medicine, positive psychology, immigration and labour, intersectionality, and social inequality

    Kimberley Goh

Birth Place/Raised: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 

Education: M.A. student, Applied Social Psychology, University of Guelph 

Previous: B.A. Psychology & Asian Studies (double major) and B.Ed. at the University of British Columbia 

Research Interests: Broadly speaking, I am interested in examining how culture and one’s construal of culture  influences  social interactions. I hope to examine stereotypes of cultural identity, values of bicultural individuals, and immigrants/refugees who acculturate in pluralistic societies. 

    Ashna Jassi

Birth Place/Raised: Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

Cultural Ethnicity: Indian

Education: PhD candidate, Applied Social Psychology, University of Guelph

Previous: MSc. Social and Cultural Psychology at the London School of Economics, BSc. (Honours) Psychology at the University of British Columbia

Research Interests: Gender Equality across Cultures, Immigration, Cultural Identity 

Sample Publications: 

Rowntree, G., Ayatero, S., Diem-O’Connell, M., Hoffman, M., Jassi, A., Narusvicius, V., & Tspektos, D. “Examining the impact of a journaling intervention on resilience of emergency medical responders: A feasibility study.”  Journal of European Psychology Students, 6(2), 79-84.

  Rashelle Litchmore

Birth Place/Raised: I was born and raised in Jamaica, I immigrated to Canada at the age of 15

Education: Ph.D. candidate, Applied Social Psychology, University of Guelph.

Previous: M.A. Applied Social Psychology, University of Guelph; B.Sc. Honours, University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus; Specialist in Psychology, Minor in Sociology.

Research Interests: My Master's thesis was titled "Ethnic and Racial Self-Definitions of Second-Generation Canadians: An Analysis of Discourse" where I investigated how second generation youth of African and Caribbean background negotiated racial and ethnic identity, from a social constructionist perspective. I am also interested in the subjective experiences of Muslim-Canadian populations, including perceptions of discrimination, and the experiences of Muslim women who veil. I use both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and am highly interested in pursuing issues of social justice, for minority Canadian populations, partially though (but not limited to) the active involvement of community members in research processes.

Sample Publications:  

Litchmore, R. & Safdar, S. (in press). Young, female, Canadian and Muslim: Identity negotiation and transcultural experience. In C.H. Mayer & S. Wolting (Editors). Narrations on Transcultural Identity Development. Waxmann Publishers: Munster, Germany. 

Litchmore, R., Safdar, S., & O’Doherty, K. (2015). Ethnic and racial self-identifications of second generation Canadians of African and Caribbean heritage: An analysis of discourse. Journal of Black Psychology, 1-34. DOI: 10.1177/0095798414568454

Litchmore, V.H. & Safdar, S. (2014). Perceptions of discrimination as a marker of integration among Muslim-Canadians: The role of religiosity, ethnic identity, and gender. International Migration & Integration. DOI 10.1007/s12134-014-0337-5.


    Maryam Motia

Birth Place/Raised: Iran

Cultural Ethnicity: Iranian (Persian)

Education: PhD candidate, Family Relations and Human Development, University of Guelph

Previous: Masters in Counselling (Specialist in Family Counselling), Iran

Research Interests: Generally speaking, I am interested in positive psychology and its components including social support. I like to focus on immigrants' social network and support, and ways through which social support can be related to mental health, wellbeing, and happiness. I also have a yearning for studying gender issues, similarities, and differences between men and women in their social relationships. The overarching goal of my research would be empowerment of immigrant women to have more pleasant relationships with members of their networks, specifically with their husbands/partners, that eventually enhance their quality of life.