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Reeshma Haji

Reeshma Haji

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology


  • Honours Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto
  • Master of Arts, York University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, York University


My primary research area is intergroup relations of different religious, cultural, or gender groups, with a particular focus on interventions aimed at decreasing prejudice. I am also interested in media representations of diverse groups and media-based interventions aimed at improving attitudes toward stigmatized groups. Other specific areas of research interest include: indirect intergroup contact, dimensions of religiosity, intergroup intimate relationships, religious identity, cultural identity, and gender identity. A secondary research area of mine is online social behaviour. 


  • Teaching Appreciation Award (Centre for Academic Excellence)
  • Laurentian University Research Fund (LURF) Research Grants & Publication Grant


Research Design and Analysis


Social Psychology

Psychology of Intergroup Relations

Major Paper in Psychology

Supervision of research practica, honours theses, and graduate theses in Psychology


Haji, R. Cila, J. & Lalonde, R. N. (2020). Beyond sectarian boundaries: Dimensions of Muslim Canadian religiosity and the prediction of sociocultural attitudes. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Advance online publication.

Haji, R., McKeown, S., Matthews, A., & Platten, S. (2020). (De)humanization and (dis)trust: Representations of Muslims in UK newspapers following the 7/7 London Bombings. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Advance online publication.

McKeown, S., Haji, R., Bryant, J., dela Paz, E., & Flothman, C. (2020). (De)humanization of Muslim Immigrants: Newspaper discourse and public responses during the UK 2015 general election. In J. Sinnott & J. S. Rabin (Eds.) The Psychology of Political Behavior in a Time of Change. Springer.

Haji, R. & Noguchi, H. (2019). Indirect Contact Interventions to Promote Peace in Multicultural Societies. In N. Balvin  & D. Christie (Eds.), Children and Peace: From Research to Action. New York: Springer.

 Bacev-Giles, C. & Haji, R. (2017). Online First Impressions: Person Perception in Social Media Profiles. Computers in  Human Behavior, 75, 50-57.

Haji, R.  & Lalonde, R. N. (2017). If a Close Friend is From Another Religion, Are You More Open to Other Faiths? In M. Seedat, S. Suffla, & D. Christie (Eds.), Enlarging the Scope of Peace Psychology: African and World-Regional Contributions. New York: Springer.

McKeown, S., Haji, R., Ferguson, N. (2016). Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Theoretical, contemporary, and worldwide perspectives. Springer.

Choma, B.L, Haji, R., Hodson, G. & Hoffarth, M. (2016). Avoiding cultural contamination: Intergroup disgust sensitivity and religious identification as predictors of interfaith threat, faith-based policies, and Islamophobia. Personality and Individual Differences, 95, 50-55.

Haji, R. & Hall, D. (2014). Trait quest religiosity: Rising against religious fundamentalism. Intellectual Discourse. 22, 73-88.

McGregor, I., Nail, P.R., Kocalar, D., & Haji, R. (2013). I’m OK, I’m OK: Praise makes narcissists with low implicit self-esteem indifferent to the suffering of others. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 655-659.

Haji, R. & Lalonde, R.N. (2012). Interreligious Communication. In H. Giles (Ed.) The Handbook of Intergroup Communication. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Haji, R., Lalonde, R. N., Durbin, A., & Naveh-Benjamin, I. (2011). A multidimensional approach to identity : Religious and cultural identity in young Jewish Canadians. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 3-18.

McGregor, I., Haji, R., & Kang, S. (2008). Can ingroup affirmation relieve outgroup derogation?  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1395-1401.

McGregor, I., Haji, R., Nash, K., & Tipper, R. (2008). Religious zeal and the uncertain self. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30, 183-188.