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PRIMARY INVESTIGATORS

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DR. BRENT J. LYONS

(HE/HIM/HIS)

Lab Director

Associate Professor of Organization Studies
York Research Chair in Stigmatization and Social Identity

Through research, I aim to understand peoples’ experiences with stigma and social identity in organizations. I examine how people whose social identities are devalued navigate employment contexts (e.g., job search, workplace) to avoid, manage, and/or overcome stigmatization and its consequences for their work lives and careers. I also examine how organizational initiatives about diversity and inclusion play a role in exacerbating and/or mitigating peoples’ experiences of stigmatization. My research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and has been funded by grants from SSHRC and CIHR. I received my PhD in Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University.

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DR. WINNY SHEN

Collaborator and Research Supervisor
Associate Professor of Organization Studies

Trained as an industrial/organizational psychologist, I am currently an Associate Professor of Organization Studies at the Schulich School of Business, York University. My goal is to help businesses and organizations become more inclusive, productive, and healthy. To this end, my program of research centers on three themes: (1) diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with an emphasis on gender-related issues, (2) organizational leadership, and (3) worker well-being, particularly work-family issues and the consequences of workplace understaffing.

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CAMELLIA BRYAN

Lab Manager
PhD Student

I am a direct-entry PhD student. The main objective of my research is to help organizations unlock the potential of stigmatized individuals as our workforce, and broader society becomes increasingly diverse. I study stigma identity management from both the perspective of the stigmatized and external audiences reactions to these identity management strategies. Beyond stigma identity management, I am also interested in examining how workplace interactions and relationships can lead to de-stigmatization. I am the recipient of the Elia Scholar award for 2017-2020, York University’s most prestigious award for incoming PhD students, and the Anthony P.Cunliffe scholarship.  Before my PhD, I worked a manager of a fundraising team for non-profits. You can learn more about my research at www.camelliabryan.com