Katherine Starzyk, B.A. Hon. (University of Alberta), M.A., Ph.D. (Queen's University)
Associate Professor and Laboratory Director

Dr. Starzyk is a member of the Social and Personality area in the Department of Psychology, a founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Research, and a research affiliate of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. At the University of Manitoba since 2006 (except 2012-2013), Dr. Starzyk aims to understand how to shift attitudes toward past and present human rights issues and how various frames of such issues or histories affect intergroup relations. Born in Poland, a country deeply affected by WWII, Dr. Starzyk approaches her work with this background. Integrating her expertise in psychometrics and intergroup relationships, with the support of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant, in coming years Dr. Starzyk and her collaborators (see the project section for more info) will be focusing on how to measure reconciliation in Canada—with the goal of building a valid and reliable "Canadian reconciliation barometer."


Katelin Siemens Neufeld, B.A. Hon., M.A., Ph.D. (University of Manitoba)
Research Associate

As a research associate in the laboratory, Dr. Neufeld is centrally involved in all the major projects and several others. Dr. Neufeld’s research interests reflect her upbringing in Treaty 1 territory and lie at the intersections of experimental social psychology, intergroup relations, and psychometrics. She seeks to develop methods to measure and shift peoples’ support for addressing minority outgroup issues, such as non-Indigenous Canadians’ solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.


Iloradanon Efimoff, B.A. Hon. Applied Psychology (Douglas College), M.A. Applied Social Psychology (University of Saskatchewan)
Ph.D. Student, Social and Personality Psychology
Funding: Vanier Canada Scholarship

Iloradanon is Haida and European settler, and was born in Northwestern BC. She is grateful be in Winnipeg. For her Ph.D. research, Iloradanon will investigate methods of anti-racist education—specifically, how to use education to reduce racism towards Indigenous peoples. She is also interested in program evaluation and Indigenous health.


Aleah Fontaine, B.A. Hon. (University of Manitoba)
M.A. 2 Student, Clinical Psychology
M.A. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Canada Graduate Scholarship
Ph.D. Funding: Vanier Canada Scholarship

Aleah is a proud Anishinaabe, English, Scottish, German, and Welch Winnipegger, with family ties to Sagkeeng First Nation. Aleah is interested in the connections among intergroup relations, social justice issues, and well-being. For her master's research, Aleah is exploring perceptions of reconciliation progress, cultural respect, intergroup trust, and psychological well-being among post-secondary Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Her next step is to complete her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.


Leora Strand, B.A. Hon. (University of Manitoba)
Technician Level 1

As a Technician Level 1, Leora is the lead research assistant assessing the effects of a virtual Residential School. She will be applying to graduate programs this fall.


Jessica Trickey
Undergraduate Honors Student (final year of B.A. Hon. in progress)

For her honors thesis, Jessica is evaluating the effects of immersion in a virtual Residential School, compared to an empty control group, on attitudes toward Residential Schools and Indigenous peoples. Her long-term educational goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology. She is interested in reducing prejudice and discrimination toward minority groups.