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Peter R. Grant

Peter R. Grant

B.Sc., B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Professor

Office: Arts 179
Phone: 966-6675
Email: peter.grant@usask.ca

Research


My research is in the field of intergroup relations.  Most of my recent work has used Social Identity theory and Relative Deprivation theory to study:

  1. the credentialing problems of recent skilled immigrants as they try to enter the Canadian labour force
  2. how recent immigrants from Asia and Africa acculturate to Canada and develop a strong Canadian identity often in the face of discrimination
  3. nationalism and involvement in collective action for social change

I also supervise graduate students doing practica and internships as part of the training in the Applied Social Psychology graduate program. We work with community and government agencies to help with program planning and development , sometimes as a part of program and policy development units.  The research activities that my students and I engage in are generally either needs assessments, process evaluations, or outcome evaluations. The approach is collaborative and we often develop logic models so as to maximize the utility of the evaluation activities.  The technical report section of my profile lists some recent evaluation activities that my students and I have engaged in.

Publications

Sample publications:

  • Abrams, D. & Grant, P.R. (2012). Testing the social identity – relative deprivation (SIRD) model of social change: The political rise of Scottish nationalism. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 674-689. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.2011.02032.x . (available on line).
  • Grant, P. R. (2008). Protest Actions by Skilled Immigrants Facing Credentialing Problems: A Test of a Model Integrating Relative Deprivation Theory with Social Identity Theory. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 687-705. (available on line).
  • Plett Martens, V. & Grant, P. R. (2008). A Needs Assessment of International Students’ Wives. Journal of Studies in International Education,12, 56-75.
  • Grant, P. R. (Editor, Special Issue) (2007). Accessing the higher echelons of a host country’s labour market: Policy directions from the personal experiences of skilled immigrants. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 8.
  • Grant, P. R. & Nadin, S. (2007).The Credentialing Problems of Foreign Trained Personnel from Asia and Africa Intending to Make their Home in Canada: A Social Psychological Perspective. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 8, 141-162.
  • Grant, P. R. (2007). Sustaining a Strong Cultural and National Identity: The Acculturation of Immigrants and Second Generation Canadians of Asian and African descent. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 8, 89-116.
  • Millard, J. E. & Grant, P. R. (2006). The stereotyping of Black and White women in fashion photographs: The pose of the model and the impression she creates. Sex Roles, 54(9-10), 659-673.
  • Heinz, L. C. & Grant, P. R. (2003). A process evaluation of a parenting group for parents with intellectual disabilities. Evaluation and Program Planning, 26(3), 263-274.
  • Meeres, S.L. & Grant, P.R. (1999). Enhancing collective and personal self-esteem through differentiation: Further exploration of Hinkle and Brown's taxonomy. British Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 21-34.
  • Grant, P.R. (1997). The relocation of nursing home residents: An illustration of the advantages gained by planning a new program and designing an implementation evaluation together. Evaluation and Program Planning, 20(4), 507-516.
  • Sully, P.D. & Grant, P.R. (1997) Ethical and methodological improvements to mail survey research: An alternative follow-up method. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 12(4), 81-104.
  • Grant, P.R., & Brown, R. (1995). From ethnocentrism to collective protest: Responses to relative deprivation and threat to social identity. Social Psychology Quarterly, 58(3), 195-211.
  • Grant, P. R. (1993). Ethnocentrism in response to a threat to social identity. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 8(6), 143-154.
  • Keashly, L., Fisher, R. J., & Grant, P. R. (1993). The comparative utility of third party consultation and mediation within a complex simulation of intergroup conflict. Human Relations, 46(3), 371-393.
  • Grant, P. R. (1993). Reactions to intergroup similarity: Examination of the similarity - differentiation and the similarity - attraction hypotheses. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 25(1), 28-44.
  • Grant, P. R., Skinkle, R. R., & Lipps, G. (1992). The impact of an interinstitutional relocation on nursing home residents requiring a high level of care. The Gerontologist, 32(6), 834-842.
  • Grant, P. R. (1992). Ethnocentrism between groups of unequal power in response to perceived threat to social identity and valued resources. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 24(3), 348-370.
  • Grant, P. R. (1991). Ethnocentrism between groups of unequal power under threat in an intergroup competition. Journal of Social Psychology, 131, 21-28.
  • Grant, P. R. (1990). Cognitive theories applied to intergroup conflict. In R. J. Fisher, The social psychology of intergroup and international conflict resolution (pp. 39-57). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Recent Technical Reports

  • Kotrcova, J. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2011). An Outcome Evaluation of the Mentorship Project.  A final report submitted to the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Saskatoon, SK (53 pages).
  • Kotrcova, J. & Grant, P. R. (September, 2010). Aspiring and Existing Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan: An Initial Needs Assessment. A Report to the Immigrant Services Division, Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment, and Labour, Government of Saskatchewan. (35 pages).
  • Robertson, D., Gajadhar, A., & Grant, P. R. (September 2010). Understanding the Experiences of Immigrant Entrepreneurs to Foster Innovation and Business Development in Saskatchewan. A Report to the Immigrant Services Division, Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment, and Labour, Government of Saskatchewan. (22 pages).
  • Shynkaruk, J. M. & Grant, P. R. (2008). Client Satisfaction with the Literacy to Pre-Employment Program at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. A final report to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, Saskatoon, SK (72 pages).
  • Calvez, S. S. & Grant, P. R. (February, 2007). A Process Evaluation of the Program Advisor Component of the Aboriginal Student Achievement Model. A report presented to the Aboriginal Student Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (72 pages).
  • Calvez, S. S. & Grant, P. R. (August, 2006). An Evaluability Assessment of the Academic First Year Transition Programs offered by The Aboriginal Student Centre of the University of Saskatchewan. A report presented to the Aboriginal Student Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (46 pages).
  • Nadin, S. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2006). A Process Evaluation of the Steering Committee Component of the Saskatoon Urban Aboriginal Strategy. A final report presented to the Steering committee of the Saskatoon Urban Aboriginal Strategy and Service Canada, Saskatoon, SK. (34 pages).
  • Nadin, S. & Grant, P. R. (September, 2005). A Formative Evaluation of a Work Readiness Program for Skilled Immigrants and Refugees. A final report presented to the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Saskatoon, SK (39 pages).
  • Parhar, K. & Grant, P. R. (August, 2002). Evaluation of the Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service: Persons with a Housing Crisis. A report presented to the Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service, Saskatoon, SK. (42 pages).
  • Turriff, S. & Grant, P. R. (August 2001). Citizenshipand Immigration Canada, Prairies/NT Region, Settlement Area: Policy and Procedural Review of Local CIC Offices. A report presented to the regional headquarters of CIC, Winnipeg, Manitoba.(148 Pages)
  • Plett Martens, V. & Grant, P. R. (July, 2000). An Extension of the Needs Assessment of International Students Wives at the University of Saskatchewan.  A Report to the International Student Advisor’s Office, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (18 pages)
  • Clark, J. & Grant, P. R. (March, 2000). An Outcome Evaluation of "Work It Out - Talk It Out": An Anger Management/Social Skills Program. A Report to the Prince Albert Mental Health Centre, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (55 pages).

 Recent Conference Papers

  • Garay, J. & Grant, P. R. (May 2012). Evaluating the success of an employment program for immigrants. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Grant, P. R., Robertson, D., Garay, J., & Nadin, S. (November, 2011). Are the Difficulties Faced by Immigrants with Ongoing Credentialing Problems Lessening? Comparing 2005 with 2010 using Community Samples from a Prairie City. A poster presented at the Prairie Metropolis Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Robertson, D. & Grant, P. R. (November, 2011). The Social Psychological Dimensions of Immigrant Entrepreneurship. A poster presented at the Prairie Metropolis Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Kotrcova, J. & Grant, P. R. (November, 2011). A needs Assessment of Immigrant Women Starting Businesses in Saskatchewan, a Mid-Western Canadian province. A poster presented at the AEA Conference, Anaheim, California.
  • Kotrcova, J. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2011). Psychological barriers to labour market integration of immigrant women. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Totonto.
  • Grant, P. R. (April, 2011). Examining the Nature and Functions of a New National Identity: Comparing Recent Immigrants to Canada with the Native-Born. A paper resented at the second Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland, University og Limerick, Limerick City, Ireland.
  • Grant, P. R. & Abrams, D. (July, 2009). Using Social Identity Theory and Relative Deprivation Theory to Explain Social Protest: Two Tests of an Integrated Model. A paper presented at the European Association of Social Psychologists’ meeting entitled, “Collective Action and Social Change”, University of Groningen, Holland.
  • Gajadhar, A. J. A. & Grant, P. R. (June 2009). Analysis of Stereotypic Imaging in Advertisements and Pin-up Pictures in Lad and Women’s Fashion Magazines. A poster presented at CPA, Montreal.
  • Nadin, S. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2009). Does Identity Predict Citizenship?: Psychological Acculturation and Asian Immigrants’ Intentions to Acquire Canadian Citizenship. A poster presented at CPA, Montreal.
  • Calvez, S. S. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2008). Designing a culturally sensitive evaluation when issues of culture and methodology collide. A poster presented at the 69th annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.
  • Grant, P. R. (June, 2008). Cultural Incompatibility as an Identity Threat to Recent Migrants: Toward a Social Identity Perspective on Psychological Acculturation. A paper presented at the 15th general meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychologists, Opatija, Croatia.
  • Calvez, S. S. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2007). Evaluating the new Aboriginal student achievement model at the University of Saskatchewan. A symposium presentation at the Canadian Psychology Association’s 68th Annual Convention, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Calvez, S. S. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2007). Examining program advising and student monitoring components of the University of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal first-year academic transition programs. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Grant, P. R. & Calvez, S. S (May/June, 2007). The Nature of the Emergent Canadian Identity of Immigrants from Asia and Africa: Identification in the Face of Discrimination. A paper presented at the joint SPSSI-EAESP immigration conference, Toronto, Ontario. 
  • Grant, P. R. & Calvez, S. S. (March, 2007). The Canadian Identity of Asian and African Immigrant. A poster presented at the Ninth National Metropolis Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Grant, P. R.& Nadin, S. (October, 2005). The Difficulties Faced by Immigrants Facing Ongoing Credentialing Problems: A Social Psychological Analysis. A paper presented at the Tenth International Metropolis Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Grant, P. R. (August, 2005). Integrating Social Identity Theory and Relative Deprivation Theory to Explain Social Protest: The Prediction of Protest Actions taken by Skilled Immigrants in Response to Credentialing Problems. The annual meeting of the Social Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Grant, P. R. (October, 2004). Cultural Identity and Dealing with Discrimination: Challenges and Problems Faced by Immigrants from Asia and Africa. A paper presented at the Saskatchewan Node Workshop of the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. 
  • Grant, P. R. (September, 2004). How immigrants sustain a strong cultural identity in the face of cultural incompatibilities: The relationship between ingroup bias and strength of identification under threat.. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 13(1), 111 (abstract). A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Social Psychology division of the British Psychological Society, Liverpool, England. 
  • Millard, J. E. &  Grant, P. R. (June 2004). The Stereotyping of Black and White Models in Magazine Fashion Spreads and Advertisements and the Influence of the Model's Immigration Status on these Stereotypes. A paper presented at the POPular Culture Conference organized by the Women's Studies Research Unit, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Grant, P. R. (May, 2004). Developing Recommendations for an Evaluation Design from a Program Logic Model: Evaluability Assessment Revisited. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 
  • Grant, P. R. & Lawson, K. (May 2004). The Applied Social Psychology Program at the University of Saskatchewan: Advanced Training for Action Researchers.A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • Parhar, K. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2003). Evaluation of a rural crisis intervention service: Persons with a housing crisis. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Vancouver.
  • Robertson, T. & Grant, P. R. (June, 2003). A formative evaluation of a second language acquisition program for immigrant children. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Vancouver.
  • Grant, P. R., McMullen, L. M., & Noels, K. A. (March, 2003). Acculturation as Participation versus Acculturation as Identification: A comparative Analysis of First and Second Generation Immigrants from Asia and Africa. A paper presented at the Sixth National Metropolis Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • Grant, P. R. McMullen, L. M. & Noels, K. A. (July, 2001). The Content and functions of Canadian and Cultural Identities Expressed by First Generation Immigrants. A poster presented at the Seventh European Congress of Psychology, London, England. Book of Abstracts, 132
  • Clatney, L. & Grant, P. R. (May, 2001). A Directory of Respite Services for Informal Caregivers. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Banff, Alberta.
  • L'Heureux, L. & Grant, P. R. (May, 2001). Compiling an Inventory of Diversity Initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Banff, Alberta.
  • Millard, J. & Grant, P. R. (June 2001). Stereotypes of Women in Magazines: Content Analysis of Advertisements and Fashion Photographs. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Quebec City.
  • Burgess, L. & Grant, P. R. (May, 2000). Program Evaluation in a Field-Based Environment: A Modified Evaluability Assessment and Process Evaluation of an At-Risk Youth and Child Prostitute Street Outreach Program. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Montreal.