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I have two general streams of research: 1) the impact that cross-cultural interactions haveonhumandevelopment; and, 2) the psychology of religion – specifically how religious orientation impacts motivation and behavior. Over the years I have had the opportunity to be involved in, and supervise students doing diverse research projects including: the exploration of cultural-bound mental health disorders within certain Canadian immigrant populations; the psychological and relational impact of cross-cultural relocation on individuals and families; the dynamics ofparent-child bilateral influence; issues of prejudice and stereotype activation with dominant andimmigrantpopulations; developing a psychological model of people’sconstruction of evil (specifically the concept of sacrilege); and, the psychosocial health issues surrounding weight-loss surgery. I have also conducted research exploring the impact of community-based recreation programs on health in 15 remote First Nations communities in Ontario. In my research, I often utilize a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Trent's program in Psychology ensures that students acquire both research skills and a broadly-based background in the basic content of the discipline, combined with the opportunity at upper levels to focus on more specialized topics.