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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Chris Alksnis

Dr. Chris Alksnis

Associate Professor, Chair, Psychology

Contact Information
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Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4851

Office Location: N2006A
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and went to high school right across the street from the University of Toronto. I always thought I'd go to U of T eventually, but wasn't sure what I'd study. After I took my first psychology course there was no more wondering, I was hooked! Once I finished my undergraduate degree, I moved around quite a bit, settling in each of London, Waterloo, Ottawa, and Guelph for a few years at a time in order to go to graduate school & work in psychology-related jobs. After finishing my Ph.D., my life seemed to come full circle and I ended up back where I started -- in Toronto. I spent three years at the University of Toronto doing applied research in nursing before making the decision to return to my academic roots in psychology. I'm very much enjoying being a faculty member here at WLU Brantford.  I was especially drawn to this campus because of its emphasis on interdisciplinary research and because it provides a small, close-knit environment. When I'm not working, I like to spend my time reading, seeing movies and planning home renovations.

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Applied Social Psychology, University of Guelph
  • M.A., Experimental Social Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Psychology, University of Toronto

Research Interests

My academic research interests are varied. One line of research involves investigating how stereotyping at work can influence hiring and promotion opportunities and income. A second line of research relates to myths and stereotypes regarding sexual assault and their impact in the courtroom.

Representative Publications

Alksnis, C., Desmarais, S., & Curtis, J. (2008). Workforce segregation and the gender wage gap: Is "women's" work valued as highly as "men's"?  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 1416-1441.

Desmarais, S. & Alksnis, C. (2005). Gender Issues. In J. Barling, M. Frone & E.K. Kelloway (Eds.) Handbook of Work Stress. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Alksnis, C. (2001). Fundamental justice is the issue: Extending full equality of the law to women and children. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 10, 69-86.

Alksnis, C., Desmarais, S., Senn, C. & Hunter, N. (2000). Methodologic concerns regarding estimates of physical violence in sexual coercion: Overstatement or understatement? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 29, 323-334.

Renner, E., Alksnis, C. & Park, L. (1997). The Standard of Social Justice as a Research Process. Canadian Psychology, 38, 91-102.