Group Members

Research Group Director


Dr. Kieran O'DohertyDr. Kieran O'Doherty, Associate Professor, Applied Social Psychology

Dr Kieran O'Doherty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Guelph. Kieran undertook his undergraduate training at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, with majors in physics and chemistry. He subsequently completed his honours and PhD degrees in psychology at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Kieran has published in such diverse areas as communication of risk and probability, consumer behaviour, public engagement and deliberative democracy, and media representations of asylum seekers. His current research program focuses primarily on the social and ethical implications of emerging biotechnologies and the use of public deliberation to help inform policy. Specific areas of focus include human tissue biobanks, the Human Microbiome Project, and salmon genomics.

For honours thesis and graduate supervision please email me at to set up a time to discuss current opportunities. The group conducts primarily qualitative and theoretical research. 

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Jennie Haw, PhD

Jennie is a Postdoctoral Researcher with DSP. She received her MA in Sociology at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC) and PhD in Sociology at York University (Toronto, ON). Her dissertation project was a feminist qualitative study of private umbilical cord blood banking in Canada.  Broadly, Jennie’s research interests are in contemporary biosciences and biotechnologies, health, and biopolitics. In her work, she draws on various bodies of scholarship including: the sociology of health, science and technology studies, and feminist theories. She is currently working on the asthma project, conducting a qualitative study examining physicians’ views of new research on microbiota and asthma. The aim of this project is to better understand emergent social and ethical issues that may arise as human microbiome research results move from the lab to the clinic. For more information, please contact Jennie at




Graduate Students


Claudia BarnedClaudia Barned, MSc

Claudia is a PhD Candidate in the Applied Social Psychology program. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology at the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica. Her Master’s research examined gender differences in perceptions and attitudes towards fatness among a cohort of Jamaican young adults. Claudia’s research interests include issues relating to body image and obesity, social determinants of health and non-communicable diseases. Claudia is currently working on a project which focuses on Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the involvement of children in biomedical research.




Sara CrannSara Crann, MA

Sara is a PhD Candidate in the Applied Social Psychology program at the University of Guelph.  She recently completed her Master's degree in the same program. Sara's research interests are in the area of women's health, including violence against women.  Her Master's research explored the lived experience of resilience in women who have survived intimate partner violence using qualitiative methods.  Sara is involved with the women's health and vaginal microbiome project.





KarlaKarla Stroud, MA

Karla is a PhD Candidate in the Applied Social Psychology program at the University of Guelph where she also completed her Master’s degree.  Her Master’s thesis research examined the social networks of older volunteers and non-volunteers. Karla has research interests in social gerontology, program evaluation, volunteerism among older adults, health and mental health services, and chronic illness. Karla recently completed a paper on the ethical issues of biobanking human oocytes and embryos and is currently involved in the St. Michael's Cystic Fibrosis Study.




Amanda Jenkins, MA

Amanda is a PhD Candidate in the Applied Social Psychology program at the University of Guelph. She completed her MA at York University inthe History and Theory of Psychology Program. Her MA thesis explored the perseverance of menstrual invalidism through medical and psychological theories from 19th century to today in America.   Her other research interests include women's reproductive health, feminist theory and qualitative research. She is currently involved with the women's health and vaginal microbiome project and the asthma project .       




Kristie Serota, BA


Kristie is a first year master’s student in the Applied Social Psychology program. She completed two internships with DSP during her undergraduate studies working on the inflammatory bowel disease project. In these projects she examined illness disclosure and the ethical implications of involving children with chronic illness in research. Her master’s thesis will be focused on a public deliberation project examining the funding for cancer drugs in Canada.





Undergraduate Students


Joshua Davis 

Joshua is a fourth year student at the University of Guelph. He is currently doing an internship with Dr. O’Doherty focusing on the theoretical implications of trust and trustworthiness in health databases. Josh is also writing his Honours Thesis with Applied Social Psychologist Dr. Giguere, on how social norms effect alcohol consumption in undergraduate students. Josh has a passion for social psychology and hopes to pursue graduate school in either Applied Social or Industrial Organizational Psychology. 





 Past Members 

  • Danielle Nerenberg
  • Jessica Boelhouwer
  • Stephanie Figliomeni
  • Stephanie Liscumb
  • Kaitlin Snell
  • Jessica Gibson
  • Christine Smith
  • Janet Amos
  • Leanne Bird 
  • Maggie Campaigne
  • Clarissa Cheong
  • Kristen Dawson
  • Stephanie Hache
  • Leah Horzempa
  • Laura Parrott