Current Graduate Students

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Thomas Sasso is a PhD candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph, where he also received his master’s degree. His research is dedicated to understanding and improving the experiences of diverse and marginalized populations in workplaces, with particular emphasis on LGBTQ+ identified individuals. He co-founded the Sexual and Gender Diversity Research Lab as part of the Centre for Families, Work, and Wellbeing with a focus placed on improving inclusive and accessible education and research. Thomas’ research interests broadly include: diversity and inclusion; identity, power, and oppression; the work-life interface; workplace victimization and wellbeing; corporate social responsibility; higher education and training; and positive psychology. Thomas’ research is currently funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

In his spare time, Thomas has been actively involved in his communities. He has served on the board of directors of a number of community organizations, the University of Guelph board of governors, and is a member of the advisory board for See Different, a program of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) targeted at developing inclusive leadership among high school students. He currently is a columnist for The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist quarterly and co-hosts a local radio show, Sexually Charged. In partnership with the CCDI and Pride at Work Canada, Thomas co-authored a national report on the experiences of LGBTQ+ Canadians in the workforce. Thomas uses evidence-based and community-engaged practices to support individuals and improve organizations.

Katya Pogrebstova


Katya Pogrebtsova is a consultant for Organization and Management Solutions and a Graduate researcher in Industrial-Organizational Psychology working with Dr. M. Gloria Gonzalez-Morales. Katya loves working on interventions and longitudinal studies, with an overarching vision of health understanding and promotion. In her research, Katya is currently exploring how individuals can promote mental well-being with simple, brief and self-practiced emotion regulation interventions integrated into daily activities. As a management consultant, speaker and active community volunteer, Katya has delivered a host of successful evidence-based workshops and solutions to Canadian organizations and Universities to promote engagement, performance and well-being. Katya has conducted research and presented at international conferences on a breadth of topics, including: selection interviews, organizational support, employee engagement, occupational health, and positive psychology. Katya is especially passionate about helping students, employees and organizations with her expertise in statistics and research design, health and well-being, and positive organizational behaviour.


Alexandra Chris


Alexandra Chris is a PhD Candidate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph. She works under the supervision of Dr. M. Gloria Gonzalez-Morales in the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab. For her dissertation, Alexandra is conducting a meta-analysis on incivility. She also conducts research on organizational commitment and the application of positive psychology principles for promoting mental health. Alexandra has consulted with private and public organizations in Canada on matters related to change management, training and leadership development, and employee health and well-being. Alexandra has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph.