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Dr. Becky Choma

Associate Professor & Director of Psychological Science Training
EducationPhD, Brock University
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 553006
Areas of Expertisesocial psychology; political psychology; prejudice and discrimination; socio-political ideologies


Dr. Choma is the Director of the Social and Political Psychology (SPP) Lab at Ryerson University. Her research is primarily interested in tolerance and intolerance, including ideological beliefs such as authoritarianism and left-right ideology, prejudice and discrimination, including sexism and Islamophobia, and prejudice reduction. Currently, she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Research Grant (2015-2020). This research is investigating the relation between ideological beliefs and threat perception. She also holds a Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award (MRI-ERA) grant (2016-2021). With this grant, Dr. Choma is investigating the roles of fear and humour in Islamophobia. Becky is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Dr. Choma completed her SSHRC-funded PhD in social psychology from Brock University in 2008. From 2008 to 2010 she completed a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University. Before joining Ryerson in 2013, she was an assistant professor in the School of Psychology at Plymouth University in the UK from 2010 to 2013. At Ryerson, she primarily teaches History and Theory of Psychology and Prejudice and Discrimination courses.


Selected Publications

Choma, B. L., Hanoch, Y., & Currie, S. (2016). Attitudes toward hydraulic fracking: The influence of knowledge and political ideology. Global Environmental Change, 38,108-117.

Choma, B L., Haji, R., Hodson, G., & Hoffarth, M.* (2016). Avoiding cultural contamination: Intergroup disgust sensitivity and religious identification as predictors of interfaith threat, interfaith attitudes and Islamophobia. Personality and Individual Differences, 95, 50-55.

Choma, B. L., Charlesford, J. J., Dalling, L., & Smith, K. (2015). Effects of viewing 9/11 footage on distress and Islamophobia: A temporally-expanded approach. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 345-354.

Hodson, G., Dube, B., & Choma, B. L. (2015). Can (elaborated) imagined contact interventions reduce prejudice among those higher in intergroup disgust sensitivity (ITG-DS)? Journal of Applied Social Psychology45, 123-131.

Choma, B. L., Charlesford, J. J., & Hodson, G. (2014). Reducing prejudice with (elaborated) imagined and physical intergroup contact interventions. CRISP, 20-26.

Choma, B. L., Hodson, G., Hoffarth, M., Charlesford, J. J., & Hafer, C. L. (2014). Reasoning ability and ideological beliefs: Inaccuracies in hierarchical relations (but not numerical ability) are associated with right-wing authoritarianism. Journal of Individual Differences, 35, 177-183.

Choma, B. L., Hanoch, Y., Hodson, G., & Gummerum, M. (2014). Risk propensity among liberals and conservatives: The effect of risk perception, expected benefits, and risk domain. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 713-721. (*One of the articles selected to be available for free by SPPSeditors in 2014).

Choma, B. L., Hodson, G., & Costello, K. (2012). Intergroup Disgust Sensitivity as a predictor of Islamophobia: The modulating effect of fear. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 499-506.