Skip to main content

Our Team

Catherine Connelly

Dr. Catherine Connelly is professor of organizational behaviour at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. She holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Organizational Behaviour, and is a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada. She is a former associate editor for Human Relations and currently serves on the board of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Review. Her research focuses on the attitudes, behaviours, and experiences of non-standard workers (e.g., temporary agency workers, contractors, temporary foreign workers), the effects of leadership styles on leader well-being, and knowledge hiding in organizations.

Contact Information

Dr. Catherine E. Connelly Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23954 Email: connell@mcmaster.ca

 

Mailing Address

DSB-412 McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4M4

  A video conference with the current cohort

Current PhD Students

Jennifer Ho
Jennifer Ho

PhD Student

Jennifer Ho

Jennifer joined the PhD program in Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business in September 2018. Her research interests include workplace diversity, employee well-being, occupational stress, workplace discrimination, and positive organizational behaviour.

Email: hoj47@mcmaster.ca

Ali Lefcoe
Ali Lefcoe

PhD Student

Ali Lefcoe

Ali joined the PhD program at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business in September 2018. She completed her Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (MIRHR) as well as a BSc in Psychology and HR at U of T. Her research interests include: emotion regulation and burnout; leadership; personality; organizational culture and accountability.

Email: lefcoea@mcmaster.ca

Megan Murphy
Megan Murphy

PhD Candidate

Megan Murphy

Megan is a PhD candidate in the Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (MOBHR) program at McMaster University. Her research interests include psychological contracts, formal mentoring programs, contingent work arrangements, stress, social network usage, and organizational deviance. Megan currently holds a SSHRC doctoral fellowship for her work on formal mentoring programs and psychological contracts.

Email: murphyme@mcmaster.ca

Sarah-Kay Walker
Sarah-Kay Walker

PhD student

Sarah-Kay Walker

Current Undergraduate Students

Paige Entwistle
Paige Entwistle

Individual Lab Student

Paige Entwistle

Paige is a fourth-year Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour student interested in topics related to abnormal psychology, forensic psychology, clinical psychology and neuroscience. She hopes to complete a Master’s and Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, or a similar field.

Email: entwistp@mcmaster.ca

Lia Fraleigh
Lia Fraleigh

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Lia Fraleigh

Lia Fraleigh {pronounced Leah Fray-lee} (she/her) is a fourth year Arts & Science student at McMaster University. She has a minor in psychology and is interested in learning more about the intersection between business and psychology. Under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Connelly, Lia will be conducting research for her thesis project on the topic of musicians and social media. Specifically, she will be examining the effect of one’s social media presence on their musical career.

Email: fraleigl@mcmaster.ca

Isabelle Koerber
Isabelle Koerber

Individual Lab Student

Isabelle Koerber

Isabelle is a third year Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour student. She is particularly interested in how research in Psychology can improve wellbeing. She is hoping to pursue a career in clinical psychology.

Email: koerberi@mcmaster.ca

Leah Kogan
Leah Kogan

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Leah Kogan

Leah Kogan is a 4th year Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour Student. She is completing her undergraduate thesis with Dr. Connelly’s lab. Her research interests include mental health and disabilities in the workplace, and in school settings.

Email: kogana@mcmaster.ca

Taya Linton
Taya Linton

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Taya Linton

Taya is a fourth-year student pursuing a degree in Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. She is particularly interested in the intersection between psychological research and its applications in real-world settings, such as the workplace. Her thesis will focus on musicians’ career success as it relates to their personality traits.

Email: lintont@mcmaster.ca

Current Staff

Nicole Badzioch
Nicole Badzioch

Research Assistant

Nicole Badzioch

Nicole is working as a research assistant for the project ‘Is everyone equal in the COVID recovery? Labour market opportunities and exclusion during the job application process’.

Email: nicolebadzioch15@gmail.com

Anne St-Amand
Anne St-Amand

Research Coordinator

Anne St-Amand

Anne has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Toronto and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa. She is research coordinator for Dr. Catherine Connelly.

Email: astamand@mcmaster.ca

PhD Alumni

Dr. Christa Wilkin
Dr. Christa Wilkin

PhD Student

Dr. Christa Wilkin

Drs. Connelly and Wilkin have published three articles in highly regarded journals and two book chapters on non-standard work arrangements (e.g., volunteers; contingent work) and employee well-being (e.g., wellness initiatives; justice). Dr. Wilkin was a professor at York University, with work published in journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Personality and Individual Differences in the areas of non-standard relationships and well-being.

Dr. Mona Zanhour
Dr. Mona Zanhour

PhD student

Dr. Mona Zanhour

Dr. Mona Zanhour is currently an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management at California State University, Long Beach. As a doctoral student, Dr. Zanhour worked under the supervision of Dr. Connelly. In her dissertation, she examined the relationship between organizational work-family resources and work-family conflict and enrichment, mediated by balance self-efficacy. She is currently working with Dr. Connelly to explore training interventions aimed to increase balance self-efficacy and decrease stress associated with work-family conflict.

Email: Mona.Zanhour@csulb.edu

Undergraduate Alumni

Sayaka Akisyama
Sayaka Akisyama

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Sayaka Akisyama

Sayaka worked with Dr. Connelly for her undergraduate thesis project in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. Her research examined leadership development through different leadership coaching styles. She is interested in human behaviours in the workplace.

Email: akiyams@mcmaster.ca

Esther Arase
Esther Arase

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Esther Arase

Esther studied in the lab as a fourth year student in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour with a minor in Mental Health, Addiction and Society. She is looking to pursue a career in the mental health sphere. Her research interests are centred around understanding what motivates people to behave in certain ways, make certain decisions and how psychology can be applied to many areas of our lives. More generally, she seeks to understand people and use that understanding to help people.

Email: arasee@mcmaster.ca

Nicole Badzioch
Nicole Badzioch

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Nicole Badzioch

Nicole studied in the lab as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour Honours student, pursuing a minor in business. She is interested in how psychology can be applied to better understand the people and systems in an organization.

Email: nicolebadzioch15@gmail.com

Jasneet Bains
Jasneet Bains

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Jasneet Bains

Jasneet studied in the lab as a fourth-year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours student with a Specialization in Mental Health. Her research interests include behaviour analysis, stress, and human memory. She is also interested in research with special populations and vulnerable groups.

Email: bainsj1@mcmaster.ca

Chanchal Bhandari
Chanchal Bhandari

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Chanchal Bhandari

Chanchal joined the lab as a Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours student at McMaster University. She is highly interested in research revolving around human behaviour, especially in social contexts, allowing her to study it across various research areas.

Email: bhandac@mcmaster.ca

Jacqueline Chan
Jacqueline Chan

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Jacqueline Chan

Jacqueline worked with Dr. Connelly for her undergraduate thesis project in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. Her thesis explored the effects of preparatory nonverbal behaviours on leadership effectiveness. She is interested in the social and cognitive perspectives of interpersonal relationships, and is particularly intrigued by the effects of implicit attitudes and cognitions on behaviours (and vice versa).

Email: chanj43@mcmaster.ca

Isabelle Choi
Isabelle Choi

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Isabelle Choi

Isabelle studied in the lab as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Honours student. She is enthusiastic about research within the realm of organizational psychology and human behaviour. Isabelle is highly interested about what workplace behaviours are efficient to create an effective business and aspires to go into Human Resources.

Email: choii1@mcmaster.ca

Sina Farid
Sina Farid

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Sina Farid

Sina worked with Dr. Connelly to complete her honours thesis project as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour student at McMaster University. Her thesis explored the effects of non-verbal behaviour on self-efficacy and leadership. Her interests include the effects of cognitive biases in the organizational setting and their related behavioural outcomes, specifically for managerial acquisition and promotion.

Email: farids@mcmaster.ca

Dylantha Fernando
Dylantha Fernando

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Dylantha Fernando

Dylantha studied in the lab in his fourth year of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. He is interested in how we can implement organizational behaviour research into the workplace. His thesis focused on intersectionality and hiring biases during resume screening.

Email: fernad13@mcmaster.ca

Mahyar Garmsiri
Mahyar Garmsiri

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Mahyar Garmsiri

Mahyar studied in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Masters of Science in Management program with a specialization in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources. His projects involved familiarity and psychological well-being in the workplace, cyber workplace-deviance, and disability biases and feedback quality. His previous research experience also included perceptual psychology and neuroscience. He currently works for Lisa Isaac HR Professional Services.

Sarah Hirst
Sarah Hirst

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Sarah Hirst

Sarah joined the lab as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours Student. She is especially interested in how psychology and behaviour affect social constructs and why people interact differently with individuals of different characteristics. Sarah is currently exploring the use of psychology and behavioural marketing to combat internal biases.

Email: shirst224@gmail.com

Hufriya Kateli
Hufriya Kateli

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Hufriya Kateli

Hufriya joined the lab as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour Honours student at McMaster University. Her research interests involve learning about motivating operations in an organization, and how they affect employee productivity. Hufriya is also keen to understand the effects of negative feedback on employee morale and workplace satisfaction.

Email: katelih@mcmaster.ca

Sol Ji Kim
Sol Ji Kim

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Sol Ji Kim

Sol Ji worked with Dr. Connelly for her Senior Honours Thesisis as a fourth year undergraduate student in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. Her research explored the effects of preparatory nonverbal behaviours, such as power posing, on leadership effectiveness.

Email: kimsj7@mcmaster.ca

Samantha Luxmikanthan
Samantha Luxmikanthan

Individual Lab Student

Samantha Luxmikanthan

Samantha studied in the lab as a fourth year Honours Human student specializing in Autism Behavioural Sciences. Her research interests involve disabilities and human behaviour and how they play as a factor through operations within an organization, allowing her to study this interest across various research fields.

Email: luxmikas@mcmaster.ca

Rory Macleod
Rory Macleod

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Rory Macleod

Rory studied in the lab as a fourth year Psychology Neurosciencs and Behavior student, pursuing a minor in business. He studies organizational behavior and is interested in the application of psychology principles to the workplace with the goal of creating more efficient and enjoyable work environments.

Email: roderickmacleod8@gmail.com

Max Manglal-Lan
Max Manglal-Lan

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Max Manglal-Lan

Max studied in the lab in his 4th year of the Honours Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour program while also pursuing a minor in Commerce. He studies and has a strong passion for organizational behaviour in addition to marketing and finance. Max is very ambitious and enjoys research as well as entrepreneurial environments.

Email: manglalm@mcmaster.ca

Lily Martin
Lily Martin

Individual Lab Student

Lily Martin

Lily studied in the lab as a third year Arts & Science student specializing in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. Broadly speaking, her research interests are how and why individuals do things the way they do. She emphasizes interdisciplinary and dynamic thinking and hopes to pursue management and psychology.

Email: martil15@mcmaster.ca

Daniel McLean
Daniel McLean

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Daniel McLean

Daniel studied in the lab as a fifth year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours student with a specialization in Mental Health. His research interests include disabilities as well as behavioural analysis.

Email: mcleandw@mcmaster.ca

Ryan Mussell
Ryan Mussell

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Ryan Mussell

Ryan studied in the lab as a fourth year student in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour with a specialization in mental health. She is looking to pursue a career in counselling psychology, and she has a specific interest in studying individual differences in human behaviour within the field of mental health as well as organizational behaviour.

Email: mussellr@mcmaster.ca

Sumana Naidu
Sumana Naidu

Undergraduate Senior Project Student

Sumana Naidu

Sumana Naidu is a medical student at the University of Toronto. She is interested in the patient and physician perspectives regarding continuity of care, and in research related to the eye. She is a member of the Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership, and is helping facilitate advisory groups as well as their first national program evaluation. She enjoys baking, cooking, and watercolour painting in her downtime!

Vanessa Natareno
Vanessa Natareno

Individual Lab Student

Vanessa Natareno

Vanessa studied in the lab as a third year Arts & Science student combining in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. She is particularly interested in how human behaviour and psychology principles can be applied to create efficient, diverse, and inclusive workplaces.

Email: natarenv@mcmaster.ca

Elaine Nguyen
Elaine Nguyen

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Elaine Nguyen

Elaine studied in the lab as a fourth year student in the Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour program, specializing in mental health. Her career/research interests are in clinical and counselling psychology, community development, and individuals with disabilities.

Email: nguyet19@mcmaster.ca

Meera Patel
Meera Patel

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Meera Patel

Meera joined the lab as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours student with a specialization in Mental Health. As a keen student, she is highly interested in learning how psychology can be applied in a variety of fields and daily life.

Email: patelm75@mcmaster.ca

Tuneesh Ranota
Tuneesh Ranota

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Tuneesh Ranota

Tuneesh studied in the lab as a fourth year Honours Life Sciences student. Her research interests include workplace discrimination, workplace diversity, workplace environments, and how organizational behaviour and psychology can be applied to real life!

Email: ranotat@mcmaster.ca

Diana Serban
Diana Serban

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Diana Serban

Diana is a former Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour student. Her thesis investigated the relationship between leader well-being and transformational leadership behaviours. She is interested in Occupational Health & Safety, and specifically the impact of leadership, stress, and well-being on organizations. She is now a Masters student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. Her current work includes investigating the relationship between virtual leadership and stress, mental health framework development, and safety-specific transformational leadership.

Rasesh Shah
Rasesh Shah

Individual Lab Student

Rasesh Shah

Rasesh is an Ivey HBA Student and was previously a Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour student at McMaster. His research interest includes behavioural finance, leadership, and employee productivity. He also has an interest in financial markets and is looking to pursue a career in investment banking.

Yiyu Shi
Yiyu Shi

Individual Lab Student

Yiyu Shi

Yiyu studied in the lab as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours student at McMaster University and was working with Dr. Connelly for her Independent Lab Study. She is enthusiastic about all research projects, especially nonverbal behaviors and interpersonal relationships.

Email: shiy15@mcmaster.ca

Grant Sweeny
Grant Sweeny

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Grant Sweeny

Grant Sweeny graduated from McMaster with a Bachelor of Arts & Science and Business in 2020. His undergraduate thesis examined the effect of the baseline psychological stress of followers on their perceptions of transformational leadership performance. Grant is a certified nutrition coach and the owner of Grant Sweeny Nutrition Coaching.

Samson Yeung
Samson Yeung

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Samson Yeung

Email: yeungs3@mcmaster.ca

Christina Yin
Christina Yin

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Christina Yin

Christina studied in the lab as a fourth-year Health Sciences Honours student at McMaster University. She is interested in the field of public health, especially epidemiology and biostatics. She is passionate about inclusive design research.

Email: yinc6@mcmaster.ca

Zhuoli Zheng
Zhuoli Zheng

Individual Lab Student

Zhuoli Zheng

Zhuoli studied in the lab as a third year student in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (Mental Health Specialization). Her research interests involve how to help people with disabilities and mental illnesses better adapt in society and promote people’s awareness of mental health. She wants to pursue a career in clinical psychology or counselling psychology.

Email: zhengz14@mcmaster.ca

Staff Alumni

Chanchal Bhandari
Chanchal Bhandari

Research Assistant

Chanchal Bhandari

Chanchal joined the lab as a Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours student at McMaster University. She is highly interested in research revolving around human behaviour, especially in social contexts, allowing her to study it across various research areas.

Email: bhandac@mcmaster.ca

Adam Buffett
Adam Buffett

Research Assistant

Adam Buffett

Adam is a Commerce student in the Degroote School of Business at McMaster University, with a planned specialization in Finance and Accounting. Adam’s role as a research assistant included transcribing interview recordings as well as conducting online research about employment in Canada.

Email: buffetac@mcmaster.ca

Ani Chénier
Ani Chénier

Interim Research Coordinator

Ani Chénier

Ani holds an MA in Anthropology from McMaster University. She worked as a research coordinator for Dr. Catherine Connelly from August, 2015 to March, 2016.

Email: chenieae@mcmaster.ca

Sina Farid
Sina Farid

Research Assistant

Sina Farid

Sina worked with Dr. Connelly to complete her honours thesis project as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour student at McMaster University. Her thesis explored the effects of non-verbal behaviour on self-efficacy and leadership. Her interests include the effects of cognitive biases in the organizational setting and their related behavioural outcomes, specifically for managerial acquisition and promotion.

Email: farids@mcmaster.ca

Mahyar Garmsiri
Mahyar Garmsiri

Research Manager

Mahyar Garmsiri

Mahyar studied in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Masters of Science in Management program with a specialization in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources. His projects involved familiarity and psychological well-being in the workplace, cyber workplace-deviance, and disability biases and feedback quality. His previous research experience also included perceptual psychology and neuroscience. He currently works for Lisa Isaac HR Professional Services.

Hufriya Kateli
Hufriya Kateli

Research Assistant

Hufriya Kateli

Hufriya joined the lab as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour Honours student at McMaster University. Her research interests involve learning about motivating operations in an organization, and how they affect employee productivity. Hufriya is also keen to understand the effects of negative feedback on employee morale and workplace satisfaction.

Email: katelih@mcmaster.ca

Sol Ji Kim
Sol Ji Kim

Research Assistant

Sol Ji Kim

Sol Ji worked with Dr. Connelly for her Senior Honours Thesisis as a fourth year undergraduate student in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. Her research explored the effects of preparatory nonverbal behaviours, such as power posing, on leadership effectiveness.

Email: kimsj7@mcmaster.ca

Joey Legere
Joey Legere

Research Assistant

Joey Legere

Joey researched the effects of stress in business settings and created custom software to process and interpret physiological stress data measured using EKG, GSR, and respiration effort sensor. His other research interests are diverse, and include web-based communication and collaboration, scalp electrophysiology, and performance / error monitoring. For more information about other projects he is involved in, visit http://brain.mcmaster.ca/.

Email: joeylegere@gmail.com

Daniel McLean
Daniel McLean

Research Assistant

Daniel McLean

Daniel studied in the lab as a fifth year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours student with a specialization in Mental Health. His research interests include disabilities as well as behavioural analysis.

Email: mcleandw@mcmaster.ca

Sumana Naidu
Sumana Naidu

Research Assistant

Sumana Naidu

Sumana Naidu is a medical student at the University of Toronto. She is interested in the patient and physician perspectives regarding continuity of care, and in research related to the eye. She is a member of the Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership, and is helping facilitate advisory groups as well as their first national program evaluation. She enjoys baking, cooking, and watercolour painting in her downtime!

Gina Nguyen
Gina Nguyen

Research Assistant

Gina Nguyen

Gina studied in the lab as a fourth year Life sciences student at McMaster University, specializing in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. She is fascinated with all fields of research and especially appreciate interdisciplinary approaches!

Email: nguyengt@mcmaster.ca

Meera Patel
Meera Patel

Research Assistant

Meera Patel

Meera joined the lab as a fourth year Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour Honours student with a specialization in Mental Health. As a keen student, she is highly interested in learning how psychology can be applied in a variety of fields and daily life.

Email: patelm75@mcmaster.ca

Monika Pobiedzinski
Monika Pobiedzinski

Research Assistant

Monika Pobiedzinski

Monika is an Honours Commerce student at the DeGroote School of Business, focusing her degree towards finance and management. She began working for Professor Connelly in her first year as a data research clerk, and also worked as a research assistant. Working from audio and video recordings of interviews and experiments, and using standardized assessment tools like the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire, she prepared data for analysis.

Email: pobiedm@mcmaster.ca

Rasesh Shah
Rasesh Shah

Research Assistant

Rasesh Shah

Rasesh is an Ivey HBA Student and was previously a Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour student at McMaster. His research interest includes behavioural finance, leadership, and employee productivity. He also has an interest in financial markets and is looking to pursue a career in investment banking.

Samson Yeung
Samson Yeung

Research Assistant

Samson Yeung

Email: yeungs3@mcmaster.ca