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Andrew G. Ryder

Andrew G. Ryder

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I am primarily interested in research into the joint contribution of personality and culture in human health and functioning, with an emphasis on emotional psychopathology.

Originally from southern Ontario, I received my B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto and my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). I also completed a predoctoral clinical internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx before starting at Concordia University in Montréal in 2005. Although trained in clinical psychology, the majority of my research mentors have been social or personality psychologists: Ken Dion and Mike Bagby in Toronto; Steven Heine and Del Paulhus in Vancouver. Dr. Heine supervised my dissertation, taking a cultural psychology approach to the study of somatic and psychological symptoms of depression in Han Chinese and Euro-Canadian clinical outpatients.

Perhaps as a result of this dual training, the overall goal of my research is to integrate the cultural psychology perspective that has emerged in recent years largely from inside social-personality psychology with clinical questions. I take the view that 'culture' should be understood both as a distributed system of meanings that shape psychopathological symptoms, and as practices in the world that make up the context in which these symptoms are expressed. Just as symptoms cannot be understood without reference to brains and genes, so equally they cannot be understood without reference to meanings and contexts.

Ongoing research includes studies of personality and depression in Han Chinese, South Korean, and Euro-Canadian outpatient samples, as well as Chinese-Canadian and Korean-Canadian community samples. Recent work has expanded data collection to both urban and rural settings in China, South Korea, and Russia (Siberia). I am also conducting studies on acculturation and adaptation of migrants to complex multicultural contexts, especially the bilingual context of Montreal. A third line of research examines depressive personality in 'Western' cultural contexts, both as a potential DSM diagnosis and as a specific pattern of problems identifiable in the Five-Factor Model of Personality.

I am a recipient of the Early Career Award from the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology and the President's New Researcher Award from the Canadian Psychological Association

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity

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Journal Articles:

  • Dere, J., Falk, C. F., & Ryder, A. G. (2012). Unpacking cultural differences in alexithymia: The role of cultural values among Euro-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian students. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43(8), 1297-1312.
  • Dere, J., Sun, J., Zhao, Y., Persson, T. J., Zhu, X., Yao, S., Bagby, R. M., & Ryder, A. G. (2013). Beyond ‘somatization’ and ‘psychologization’: Symptom-level variation in depressed Han Chinese and Euro-Canadian outpatients. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Dere, J., Tang, Q., Zhu, X., Cai, L., Yao, S., & Ryder, A. G. (2013). The cultural shaping of alexithymia: Values and externally-oriented thinking in a Chinese clinical sample. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54, 362-368.
  • Jurcik, T., Ahmed, R., Yakobov, E., Solopieva-Jurcikova, L., & Ryder, A. G. (2013). Understanding the role of the ethnic density effect: Issues of acculturation, discrimination and social support. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 662-678.
  • Ryder, A. G., Alden, L. E., & Paulhus, D. L. (2000). Is acculturation unidimensional or bidimensional? A head-to-head comparison in the prediction of personality, self-identity, and adjustment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 49-65.
  • Ryder, A. G., Alden, L. E., Paulhus, D. L., & Dere, J. (2013). Does acculturation predict interpersonal adjustment? It depends on who you talk to. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 37, 502-506.
  • Ryder, A. G., & Bagby, R. M. (1999). Diagnostic viability of Depressive Personality Disorder: Theoretical and conceptual issues. Journal of Personality Disorders, 13, 99-117.
  • Ryder, A. G., Ban, L. M., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E. (2011). Towards a cultural-clinical psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 960-975.
  • Ryder, A. G., Bean, G., & Dion, K. L. (2000). Caregiver responses to symptoms of first-onset psychosis: A comparative study of Chinese- and Euro-Canadian families. Transcultural Psychiatry, 37, 225-236.
  • Ryder, A. G., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E. (2012). Depression in cultural context: “Chinese somatization”, revisited. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 35, 15-36.
  • Ryder, A. G., Sun, J., Zhu, X., Yao, S., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E. (2012). Depression in China: Integrating developmental psychopathology and cultural-clinical psychology. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 682-694.
  • Ryder, A. G., Sunohara, M., & Kirmayer, L. J. (in press). Culture and personality disorder: From a fragmented literature to a contextually-grounded alternative.
  • Ryder, A. G., Yang, J., Zhu, X., Yao, S., Yi, J., Heine, S. J., & Bagby, R. M. (2008). The cultural shaping of depression: Somatic symptoms in China, psychological symptoms in North America? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 300-313.
  • Zhou, X., Dere, J., Zhu, X., Yao, S., Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E., & Ryder, A. G. (2011). Anxiety symptom presentations in Han Chinese and Euro-Canadian outpatients: Is distress always somatized in China? doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.06.049
  • Zhu, X., Yao, S., Dere, J., Zhou, B., Yang, J., & Ryder, A. G. (in press). The cultural shaping of social anxiety: Fear of causing distress to others in China and North America. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Other Publications:

  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E., & Ryder, A. G. (2013). Vulnerability to depression in culture, mind, and brain. In M. Power (Ed.), Mood Disorders (pp. 433-450). Chichester, U.K.: Wiley.
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E., Senft, N., & Ryder, A. G. (2014). Listening to negative emotions: How culture constrains what we hear. In G. Parrott (Ed.), The Positive Side of Negative Emotions.
  • Ryder, A. G., & Dere, J. (accepted). Culture and emotions. In H. Miller (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in the Social Sciences.
  • Ryder, A. G., Dere, J., Sun, J., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E. (2013). The cultural shaping of personality disorders. In F. T. L. Leong, L. Comas-Diaz, G. C. N. Hall, V. McLloyd, & J. Trimble (Eds.), APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Ryder, A. G., Yang, J., Fung, K., & Dere, J. (2012). Personality and personality disorders. In E. C. Chang (Ed.) Handbook of Adult Psychopathology for Asians (pp. 357-390). New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Cultural Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Cultural-Clinical Psychology (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Psychological Treatments: Foundations and Systems (graduate)
  • Theories of Personality (undergraduate)

Andrew G. Ryder
Department of Psychology
Concordia University
7141, rue Sherbrooke O. (PY153-2)
Montréal, Quebec H4B 1R6

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