Affiliated Researcher in Cultural Psychiatry, Lady Davis Institute
Assistant Professor, Concordia University
Director, Culture, Health, and Personality Lab, Concordia University
Dr. Andrew G. Ryder is an affiliated researcher in the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Jewish General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2005 from the University of British Columbia and completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, New York). At Concordia, he is a founding member of the Centre for Clinical Research in Health and directs the Culture, Health, and Personality Lab. His lab has several ongoing research and training links with faculty and students engaged in psychiatry research at the LDI. He is currently a recipient of the CIHR New Investigator Award.
Major Research Activities
Dr. Ryder's research (funded by the CIHR and FRSQ) involves the relationship between individuals and their cultural context, and the implications for psychopathology. Recent work has explored cross-cultural variation in the presentation of depressive symptoms, in Canada, China, and South Korea, using cross-national and acculturation designs in clinical and community samples. Self-concept, cultural values, cognitive styles, and perceived stigma are studied as potential explanatory variables. Dr. Ryder also has an interest in the frontier between normality, abnormal personality, and psychopathology, especially focusing on conceptual problems with depressive personality in the transition to DSM-V.Recent PublicationsDere J, Ryder AG, and Kirmayer LJ. Bidimensional measurement of acculturation in a multiethnic community sample of first-generation immigrants. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. In press.
Ryder AG, Quilty LC, Vachon DD, and Bagby RM. Depressive personality and treatment response in major depression. Journal of Personality Disorders. In press.
Ryder AG, Yang J, Zhu X, Yao S, Yi J, Heine SJ, and Bagby RM. The cultural shaping of depression: Somatic symptoms in China, psychological symptoms in North America? Journal of Abnormal Psychology 2008. 117:300