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Psychology Department

University of Windsor

Windsor, ON



Research Director and Faculty Advisor: Catherine T. Kwantes, Ph.D.

Members of the Centre for Culture and Organizational Research are encouraged to work on both individual and joint research projects. Research in this centre revolves around topics concerning workplace issues and the influence of social culture on individual and group behaviour. Oftentimes, the two primary interests of the lab are combined through projects that investigate cross-cultural issues in the workplace. For example, some of the projects that lab members are currently involved in are:


  • Indigenous Workways:  Cultures of Trust and Psychologically Safe Workplaces: To effectively engage members of the Indigenous workforce organizations must shed traditional barriers which fostered marginalization and mistrust, and replace them with cultures of trust. Grant proposals have been submitted to develop an understanding of what cultural safety means for Indigenous employees in the Canadian workplace, and to use this understanding to create a tool to assist organizations in providing greater psychological safety in the workplace for Indigenous employees.

  • International Trustworthiness Study: Data collection for this study was conducted in collaboration with researchers from 12 different countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Taiwan, South Africa, USA).  This study examines the influence of societal culture on perceptions of trust and trustworthiness in social and work relationships.

Undergraduate volunteers:

Undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience are welcome to apply to volunteer in the Centre for Culture and Organizational Research. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in ongoing activities and often have the option to participate in a variety of projects. Some of the tasks that lab volunteers may be asked to complete include providing input during lab meetings, data collection, data entry, and simple data analyses.  If interested, contact Dr. Kwantes at or click the button above.

Conference Presentations
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Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference (April 2022)

Symposium:  Psychological Safety and Diversity: Findings from the Indigenous Workways Project

Conveners:  Catherine T. Kwantes, University of Windsor & Leanne Gosse, Conestoga College


  1. Trust and Psychological Safety for Minority and Non-minority Employees

    1. (Gosse, L, & Kwantes, C. T.)

  2. Two Different Worlds? Psychological Safety for Minority and Non-Minority Group Members

    1. (Soleimani, M., Hussein, N., Tahsin, F., Livingstone, J., Coxaj Ruiz, L., Dugal, E., & Kwantes, C. T.)​

  3. It Must Exist Somewhere? The Search for Psychological Safety in the Indigenous Workforce​

    1. (Jacobs, A., MacIntyre, M., Rhee, S., Lanoue, N., & Kwantes, C. T.)​

  4. Employee Expectations of Psychological Safety Within Two Different Norwegian Organizational Settings​

    1. (Livingstone, J., Dugal, E., Soleimani, M., Ryan, T., Bondy, B., Tahsin, F., Hussein, N., Kwantes, C. T., & Ekelund, B. Z.)​

Canadian Psychological Association (June 2022)


Psychological Safety, Conflict & Team Performance (Kwantes, C. T., Rauti, C., Bang, H., & Ekelund, B. Z.)

Workplace Microaggressions: The Role of Culture (Kwantes, C. T., Soleimani, M, & Kartolo, A.)

Social Representations and COVID-19 Behaviours  (Kwantes, C. T., McMurphy, S., & Rauti, C.

Cognitive Styles and Trustworthiness Expectations (Kwantes, C. T., McMurphy, S., Ekelund, B. Z., & Soleimani, M.)

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