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Meet Our Current Lab Members

Graduate Students

Nouran Sakr, M.A.

Nouran is a PhD Candidate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with research interests in diversity and inclusion, organizational climate, and well-being. Her current research focuses on subtle discrimination in the remote workplace.

Nouran obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, where she completed a specialist in Psychology and a major in Neuroscience. Prior to joining the University of Guelph, Nouran assisted with several research projects in the fields of behavioural neuroscience, clinical psychology, and organizational behaviour.

She is also a consultant at Organization and Management Solutions (OMS), where she has worked with public organizations to conduct small and large-group facilitation on structured interview training.

Fun Fact: Nouran has swam with dolphins in Bali, Indonesia.


Caren Colaco, B.Sc.

Caren Colaco is a MA student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at the University of Guelph. Prior to this, Caren earned her Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at York University (Research Stream). The goal of her research is to understand the antecedents to stigmatization and discrimination in the workplace.

Currently, her master’s thesis is investigating the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on women, visible minorities, disabled, and Indigenous workers in Canada and the United States.

Drawing from her prior experience with intersectionality research, Caren is also exploring how having multiple stigmatized identities compounds to produce worse outcomes. She hopes that her research can help organizations target initiatives that mitigate inequality and protect vulnerable workers against cumulative disadvantage.

Caren is a member of the Psychology Department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee at the University of Guelph. Being one of the few international graduate students in the department of Psychology, as well as a proud BIPOC member, Caren is passionate about breaking down barriers to postgraduate education for minority students.

Undergraduate Students

Sarah Cappellaro

Sarah is in her fourth year as a Bachelor of Arts Co-op Honours Psychology student. She is also minoring in Political science.

Sarah has experience in Dr. Paula Barata’s lab as a research assistant, and is currently the lab coordinator for Dr. Song Hing’s lab. Sarah has experience in data analytics through her co-op at Institutional Analysis and Research at the University of Guelph, and became passionate for research through these experiences.

Currently, Sarah is completing her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Leanne Son Hing. Sarah is eager and very passionate to learn and gain experience in the field of I-O psychology research as she intends to pursue postgraduate education in this field. Sarah hopes to develop her research skills and gain valuable guidance from this experienced team.

Outside of academics, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to read. 


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