Reeshma Haji

Reeshma Haji

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology


  • Honours Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto
  • Master of Arts, York University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, York University


My research projects fall into two broad categories; religion and intergroup relations and a positive psychology approach to everyday mental health. The first is my primary research area. My main focus is methods of decreasing religious prejudice. Other research interests within this area include: intergroup relations, dimensions of religiosity, intergroup intimate relationships, relationship satisfaction, religious identity, cultural identity, rumination, and thought suppression.

The second area, a positive psychology approach to everyday mental health, consists of my collaborative work with Dr. Chantal Arpin Cribbie. This research deals primarily with coping with perfectionistic concerns.


  • Publications

    Choma, B. L., Haji, R., Hodson, G., & Hoffarth, M. (in press). Avoiding cultural contamination: Intergroup disgust sensitivity and religious identification as predictors of interfaith threat, faith-based policies, and Islamophobia. Personality and Individual Differences.

    McKeown, S., Haji, R., Ferguson, N. (in press). Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Theoretical, contemporary, and worldwide perspectives. Springer.

    Haji, R. & Hall, D. (2014). Trait quest religiosity: Rising against religious fundamentalism. Intellectual Discourse. 22, 73-88.

    McGregor, I., Nail, P.R., Kocalar, D., & Haji, R. (2013). I’m OK, I’m OK: Praise makes narcissists with low implicit self-esteem indifferent to the suffering of others. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 655-659.

    Haji, R. & Lalonde, R.N. (2012). Interreligious Communication. In H. Giles (Ed.) The Handbook of Intergroup Communication. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

    Haji, R., Lalonde, R. N., Durbin, A., & Naveh-Benjamin, I. (2011). A multidimensional approach to identity : Religious and cultural identity in young Jewish Canadians. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 3-18.

    McGregor, I., Haji, R., & Kang, S. (2008). Can ingroup affirmation relieve outgroup derogation? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1395-1401. 

    McGregor, I., Haji, R.., Nash, K., & Tipper, R. (2008). Religious zeal and the uncertain self. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30, 183-188.