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Social Sciences and Humanities; Health Sciences

Diana Cárdenas Mesa

social psychology

Professeure adjointe

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de psychologie


Research expertise

I am trained in social psychology, and my research focuses on understanding how individuals develop a sense of "us", a shared social identity. This sense "us" emerges in a wide variety of contexts including in immigrants, in schools among students and staff members, and among the general population. Thus, my first research axis focuses on the process by which social identities develop. I am particularly interested in understanding how individuals manage multiple social identities. This is most evident among migrants, who often manage affiliation and identification with multiple cultural groups.

My second research axis focuses on the consequences of social identity. Having a shared sense of "us" allows individuals to work together with fellow group members towards better outcomes. These include greater social cohesion, better mental health, adopting public health measures, and engaging in collective action. Thus, I seek to better understand why and how social identities matter.

My third research axis seeks to understand when and how societies experience social change, and the way in which societies and individuals adapt to these processes. It is increasingly recognised no society and no group is immune to change, and hence we need to better understand when social change will occur, and how it can be mitigated to protect those who are vulnerable.


  • Baccalauréat en Psychologie, Université Bishops (2006-2009).
  • Maîtrise en Psychologie, Université de Montréal (2010-2012).
  • Doctorat en Psychologie, Université de Montréal (2012-2018).
  • Postdoctorat, Université d’Utrecht (2018-2019).
  • Postdoctorat, Université Nationale de l'Australie (2020-2022).

Affiliations and responsabilities

Teaching and supervision Currently recruiting

Recruitment in research Currently recruiting

2022/2023: Je vais accepter des étudiants à l maîtrise/doctorat.


Research projects

2024 - 2028

I do, therefore I am [accepted as one of us]: Individual behaviour and group acceptance as catalysts of social identification development

Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Subvention Savoir
2023 - 2026

Being Two and More Online: Examining Migrants' Dual Group Memberships on Twitter

Lead researcher : Diana Cárdenas Mesa
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVX20020-Subvention institutionnelle du CRSH - Subventions d'exploration


Publications and presentations


Chapitres des livres 

  • Cárdenas, D., & de la Sablonnière, R. (2022). Dramatic social change or DSC. In R. Gurung (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Psychology in the Real World.
  • Cárdenas, D., French Bourgeois, L., & de la Sablonnière, R. (2019). Social Psychology. In J. Darquennes, J. Salmons, & W. Vandenbussche (Eds.), Language Contact: An International Handbook (pp. 775-785). Berlin: De Gruer Mouton.
  • Cárdenas, D., de la Sablonnière, R., & Taylor, D. M. (2018). Indigenous languages. In H. Giles (Ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communications. Oxford, UK; Oxford.
  • Cárdenas, D., de la Sablonnière, R., & Taylor, D. M. (2017). Justice motive. In F. Moghaddam (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (pp. 427-428). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • de la Sablonnière, R., Cárdenas, D., & Taylor, D. M. (2017). Distributive justice: Can it all be reduced to equity? In F. Moghaddam (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (pp. 200-201). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


  • Neumann, C., Stanley, S., & Cárdenas, D. (accepted). Fleshing out the ways masculinity threat and traditional masculinity ideology relate to meat-eating and environmental attitudes in Australian men. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. (Q1 journal).
  • Cárdenas, D., Orazani, N., Manueli, F., Donaldson, J. L., Stevens, M., Cruwys, T., Platow, M. J., O’Donnell, J., Qureshi, I., M., Zekulin, M., Walker, I., & Reynolds, K. (2023). Social cohesion at the outset of COVID-19 predicts vaccination intentions and uptake. Personality and Social Psychology Compass, e12759. (Q1 journal).
  • Dunstone, E., Reynolds, K. J., & Cárdenas, D. (in press). Building Positive Futures for Youth: Investigating the Role of the Number of Group Memberships and Social Identity Processes. British Journal of Social Psychology. (Q1 journal).
  • Klik K. A., Cárdenas, D., & Reynolds, K. (2023). School climate, school identification and student outcomes: A longitudinal investigation of student well-being. British Journal of Educational Psychology, e12597. (Q1 journal).
  • Orazani, N., Cárdenas, D., & Reynolds, K. J., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2023). ‘Divided or united': Strengthening social cohesion for well-being and prosperity. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. (Q2 journal).
  • Sahib, A., Chen, J., Cárdenas, D., & Calear, A. (2023). Intolerance of uncertainty and emotion regulation: A meta-analytic and systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 102270.  (Q1 journal).
  • Sahib, A., Chen, J., Reynolds, K. J., & Cárdenas, D. (2023). The curative effect of schools: A longitudinal study of the impact of school climate, school identification, and resilience on adolescent mental health. School Psychology. Advance online publication. (Q1 journal).
  • Zhou, H., Cárdenas, D., & Reynolds, K. J. (2023). Norms and COVID-19 Health Behaviours: A longitudinal investigation of group factors. European Journal of Social Psychology. (Q1 journal).
  • Cárdenas, D., & Fleischmann, F. (2022).  “They Keep an Eye on You”: Minority Pressure and its Implications for Dual Identity Among Six Immigrant Groups in the Netherlands. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 0(0).
  • Cárdenas D., Lattimore, F., Steinberg, D., & Reynolds, K. J. (2022). Youth well-being predicts later academic success. Scientific Reports, 12, 2134.
  • Evans, O., Cruwys, T., Cárdenas, D., Wu, B., & Cognian, A.V. (2022). Social identities mediate the relationship between isolation, life transitions and loneliness. Behavior Change, 1-14. doi:10.1017/bec.2022.15
  • Cárdenas, D., Orazani, N., Evans, A., & Reynolds, K. J. (2022). The longitudinal effect of COVID-19 infections and lockdown on mental health and the protective effect of neighbourhood social relations. Medicine and Social Sciences, 114821.
  • Adelman, L., Verkuyten, M., Cárdenas, D., & Yogeeswaran, K. (2021). On a slippery slope to intolerance: Slippery slope thinking predicts outgroup negativity. Journal of Research in Personality, 94, 104141. 10.1016/j.jrp.2021.104141
  • Cárdenas, D., Orazani, N., Stevens, M., Cruwys, T., Platow, M., Zekulin, M., & Reynolds, K. (2021). United we stand, divided we fall: Socio-political predictors of physical distancing and hand hygiene during the covid-19 pandemic. Political Psychology, 42(5), 845-861.
  • Cárdenas, D., Verkuyten, M., & Fleischmann, F. (2021). “You are too ethnic, you are too national”: Dual identity denial and dual identification. Journal of Intercultural Relations, 81, 193-203.
  • & Verkuyten, M. (2021). Foreign Language Usage, European and National identification in the Netherlands. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 40(3), 328-353.
  • Cruwys, T., , M., Donaldson, J., Cárdenas, D., Platow, M., Reynolds, K., & Fong, P.  (2021). Perceived COVID-19 risk is attenuated by ingroup trust. BJM Public Health, 21, 869.
  • Stevens, M., Cruwys, T., Cárdenas, D., Platow, M. J., & Reynolds, K. (2021). Sport and exercise group memberships protect against depression because they reduce loneliness. Medicine and Social Sciences, 286, 114337.
  • Cárdenas, D., & de la Sablonnière, R. (2020). Intergroup conflict and the process of social change: Similar conflicts, different intragroup processes. Peace and Conflict Journal of Peace Psychology. 6(3), 303–313.
  • Cárdenas, D., & Verkuyten, M. (2020). Immigrants’ behavioral participation and its relation with host society identification: Perceived closeness to the prototype as a psychological mechanism. Self and Identity, 19(6), 719-737.
  • Cárdenas, D. (2019). Dual identity, minority group pressure and the endorsement of minority rights: A study among Sunni and Alevi Muslim in Western Europe. Journal of Social Issues, 75, 592-610.
  • Cárdenas, D., & de la Sablonnière, R. (2020). Participating in a new group and the identification processes: The quest for a positive social identity. British Journal of Social Psychology, 59(1), 189-208.
  • Cárdenas, D., de la Sablonnière, R., Gorborukova, G. L., Mageau, G. A., Amiot, C. E., & Sadykova, N. (2019). Participation in a new cultural group and patterns of identification in a globalized world: The moderating role of similarity. Self and Identity. 18(6), 709-738.
  • de la Sablonnière, R., Lina, J.-M., & Cárdenas, D. (2019). Rethinking current models in social psychology: A decision tree approach to understand dramatic social change. British Journal of Social psychology, 58, 175-195.
  • Cárdenas, D., & de la Sablonnière, R. (2018). La participation à un nouveau groupe social : le patron additif et le patron soustractif de l’identification [Participating in a new social group: The additive and subtractive paterns]. Revue québécoise en psychologie, 39, 65-83.
  • Cárdenas, D., & de la Sablonnière, R. (2017). Understanding the relation between participation in a new culture and identification: Two studies with Latin-American immigrants. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 854-873.
  • de la Sablonnière, R., Amiot, C. E., Cárdenas, D., Sadykova, N., Gorborukova, G. L., & Huberdeau, M.-E. (2016). Testing the subtractive pattern of cultural identification. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 441-450.
  • Cárdenas, D., Roebroeck, E., Pelletier-Dumas, M., & de la Sablonnière, R. (2013). Les enjeux de la Charte des valeurs québécoises en tant que politique assimilationniste: une augmentation du sentiment de menace et de la légitimation des préjugés [The challenges of the Quebec Charter of Values as an assimilationist ideology: An increase on the feeling of threat and of legitimitation of prejudice]. Diversité Canadienne, 10, 11-14.
  • Cárdenas, D., & Stout, D. (2010). Personality and intellectual abilities as predictors of intelligent behaviour. Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity, 3, 23-37.


  • Psychology
  • Public Health

Areas of expertise

  • Social identity
  • Ethnic identity
  • COVID-19
  • Mental health