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Andrew Szeto

  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Staff

Research Areas & Interests

My research interests can be broadly divided into three areas. First, my work at the Mental Health Commission of Canada involves the evaluation of anti-stigma programs for their efficacy in reducing stigmatizing attitudes towards people with mental disorders. The anti-stigma programs we are currently evaluating take the form of hour-long presentations to more comprehensive multi-session workshops, with audiences of employees in a workplace setting, health care providers, and more diverse population samples. My second research area is a blending of my current interest in the stigma of mental disorders and my general interest in social psychology. For example, I am conducting studies examining the application of intergroup prejudice findings to the mental disorders stigma domain, such as the use of the Implicit Association Test or prejudice related measures as moderators of negative attitudes towards people with mental disorders. Other research falling within this category include current studies on the effects of media representations on stigmatizing attitudes and personality correlates of such negative attitudes. Finally, my third area of interest extends from my previous work on the interface of motivation and cognition across cultures. One current project in this area examines the emotional reactions to achievement and social events as a function of one's uncertainty self-regulation style in four divergent cultures.

Recent Publications

Modgill, G., Patten, S., Knaak, S., Kassam, A., & Szeto, A. C. H. (2014). Opening Minds Stigma Scale for Health Care Providers (OMS-HC): Examination of psychometric properties and reliability. BMC Psychiatry, 14, 120.

Jarvie, A., Buxton, J., Szeto, A. C. H., & Austin, J. (2013). A pilot study of the effect of an intervention involving exposure to stand-up comedy performed by people with mental illness on medical students' stigmatization of affected individuals. University of British Columbia Medical Journal, 5, 15-18.

Sorrentino, R. M., Szeto, A. C. H., Chen, X., & Wang, Z. (2013). Uncertainty regulation across cultures: An exploration of individual differences in Chinese and Canadian children in the classroom. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 383-388.

Szeto, A. C. H., & Dobson, K. S. (2013). Mental disorders and their association with perceived work stress: An investigation of the 2010 Canadian Community Health Survey. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 18, 191-197.

Szeto, A. C. H., Luong, D., & Dobson, K. S. (2013). Does labelling matter?: An examination of attitudes and perceptions of labels for mental disorders. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48, 659-671.

Patten, S. B., Remillard, A., Phillips, L., Modgill, G., Szeto, A. C. H., Kassam, A., & Gardner, D. M. (2012). Effectiveness of contact-based strategies for reducing mental illness-related stigma in Pharmacy students. BMC Medical Education, 12, 120.

Szeto, A. C. H., & Dobson, K. S. (2010*). Reducing the stigma of mental disorders at work: A review of current workplace anti-stigma intervention programs. Applied and Preventive Psychology, 14, 41-56. (*Published in 2012 but the issue was back dated to 2010)

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