Judgments, Decisions, and Health Lab

Who We Are

Our core values are intellectual curiosity, scientific humility, and kindness.


We study a wide range of topics informed by diverse literatures from multiple disciplines; we actively seek and integrate diverse viewpoints in our thinking; we are constantly seeking to change our minds; and we cooperate and collaborate to provide enduring value for each other, our collaborators, and our partners.

I am always looking for keen students and collaborators at all levels who share these scientific and working values, and are interested in our core areas of research:

  1. decision-making under risk: risk-taking; discounting; gambling; crime; antisociality

  2. social judgments: social comparison; relative deprivation; competition; dis/advantage; inequality

  3. mental health and well-being: anxiety; depression; well-being; resilience; self-regulation

We are primarily interested in understanding causes and consequences of individual differences relevant to the areas of study above.

I am interested in working with graduate students in the Lang School of Business and Economics MA (Management) and PhD (Management) programs. I am a particularly good fit for graduate students primarily interested in research involving basic psychological principles and/or their application.

I encourage students to explore new ideas and research questions that are related to our lab's primary lines of research. I am particularly committed to supporting student accomplishment (as evidenced by the number and diversity of student co-authors on our lab's research). In doing so, I heavily prioritize work/life balance and psychosocial well-being. I am happy to mentor students seeking either industry or academic jobs (in multiple disciplines) who develop research skills through producing rigorous peer-reviewed research.

If you think you fit with us, please send an email -- we are always looking for new collaborators!

Current Graduate Students

Jeff Deminchuk

Current Position: MA student (Psychology), University of Regina

Research interests: Risk; decision-making; evolutionary psychology; relative state model; risk-sensitivity; poker; physical combat

Bio: After spending several years at an office job making wall calendars, Jeff decided to return to school to study evolutionary psychology. His research focuses on risk and decision-making, allowing him to convert his two main hobbies (poker and martial arts) into research projects.


Cody Fogg

Current Position: MA student (Psychology), University of Regina

Research interests: Evolutionary psychology; organizational behavior; risk-taking; competition; memory/learning; inequality; statistics


Current Position: PhD student (Psychology), University of Regina

(as of September 2020, PhD - Management, University of Guelph, Lang School of Business & Economics)

Research interests: Political, organizational, and evolutionary psychology; social comparisons, organizational values, competitive dis/advantage, antisociality

Bio: Nabhan was born and raised in Canada's Capital Region, the youngest son of two entrepreneurs. At a young age, he was passionate about politics, with a particular fascination about the origins of political attitudes and how these attitudes influence decision-making. He continues to express this passion in his research and hobbies, including keeping up with national and international politics, and playing board games and video games.


Current Position: PhD student (Psychology), University of Regina

(as of September 2020, PhD - Management, University of Guelph, Lang School of Business & Economics)

Research interests: Mental health and well-being; developmental harshness and unpredictability; schemas; developmental influences in organizations

Former Graduate Students

Program: MA (Psychology), University of Regina

Current Position: Marketing Consultant, Future Nostalgia Creative

Research interests: emotion; decision-making; arts management; sports analytics; representation of women in athletics, Bayesian statistics

Bio: The son of two Filipino immigrants, Josh uses his research background to bring an evidence-based approach to marketing. He primarily works with clients in the art and fitness worlds. Josh is a huge Golden State Warriors and Baltimore Ravens fan and is an avid songwriter.


Program: MA (Psychology), University of Regina

Current Position: PhD student (Management), Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Research interests: [forthcoming]

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