People in the lab

The Mutuality and Reciprocity Lab was founded by Dr. Yannick Griep at the University of Calgary and has a collaborative agreement with the Research Group of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and Dr. Tim Vantilborgh in particular. Below you can find some more information on the principal investigators, current Ph.D. students, Masters' students, and Research Assitants of The Mutuality and Reciprocity Lab 


Principal Investigators

Dr. Yannick Griep

Dr. Yannick Griep is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology. He is also affiliated to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Stockholm University. His primary research interest concerns the employee-employer relationship through the lens of the psychological contract. In this area he aims to challenge existing theoretical and methodological assumptions with the goal of advancing our understanding of psychological contract processes. Most of his research uses time-sensitive methods of measurement (e.g., diary studies, experience sampling) and experiments to unravel the dynamic and temporal nature of the psychological contract. In addition, Dr. Yannick Griep is interested in workplace mistreatment, volunteering, health, and well-being. 

Dr. Tim Vantilborgh

Dr. Tim Vantilborgh is an Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in the faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. His primary research topic involves the psychological contract, which can be understood as an employees’ subjective beliefs regarding mutual obligations between him- or herself and the employer. However, his research interests include several other topics as well, such as stress and emotions at work, personality, volunteering, and research methodology and ethics. A recurring theme in these various research topics is the role of time. Rather than studying how people differ from each other, Dr. Tim Vantilborgh is mostly interested in understanding how human feelings, thoughts, and behaviours dynamically unfold over time.


Graduate students: PHD

Sam CHow

Sam Chow completed his B.Sc. at the University of Toronto with a speciality in Physiology and his M.Sc. at the University of Calgary, working on the efficacy of Gamification in recruitment. Sam is currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is working on the dynamic nature of creativity in the workplace. Specifically, he is investigating the role of affect and motivation in hyper-charging creativity. 


Arjen Schippers

Arjen Schippers completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Psychology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He also has experience in Modern Media and Artificial Intelligence. Arjen is currently a 1st year Ph.D. student in Affective Neuroscience at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in collaboration with the University of Calgary. Arjen is developing a complementary approach to assess emotional experience and expression, not only on a subjective report level, but also on the experimental as well as on an ecological level. 


Samantha K. Jones

Samantha Jones completed her B.A. in Psychology and Management at the University of Alberta and her M.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Calgary, working on the dynamic relationship between ideological psychological contract breach, work effort, stress and burnout in the health-care sector. Samantha is currently a 1st year Ph.D. student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Coordinator of the Reciprocity and Mutuality Lab. She is working on further unpacking the dynamic nature of ideological psychological contracts. Samantha's work is funded by a prestigious Eyes High Doctoral Scholarship. 

Yang Yang

Yang Yang completed her B.A. in English Studies at Dalian Maritime University and holds a M.A. in English Language and Literature and a M.A. in Business Management from Dalian Maritime University, and a M. Sc. in Psychology (Theory and Research) from the University of Leuven. Yang is currently a 1st year Ph.D. student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in collaboration with the University of Calgary. Yang is working on the, under-researchered, role of over-fulfilment in relation to employee attitudes and behaviour at work. 


Graduate students: Master


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We are seeking individuals at various stages of their education and from diverse backgrounds to join our lab. Future lab members should be enthusiastic and passionate about research and scientific discovery. They are expected to be reliable, resilient, industrious, adaptable, creative, and show initiative to solve problems. Lastly, science is a team effort, so we are seeking individuals who are collaborative and work well with others. 

Alexandra Lukic

Alexandra Lukic completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Calgary.  Alexandra is currently a 1st year M.Sc. student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, working on a project looking at the spiraling relationship between job insecurity and mental health problems. Alexandra's work is funded by the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate (Master's) Research Scholarship. 


Honors students



Alanna Moore is currently a 5th year student completing her Honors program with a focus on Industrial Organizational Psychology.  Alanna is most interested in applying research from human-earth connectivity and human energetics to increase satisfaction in both workplace settings and educational facilities. She is currently working on a research project involving characteristics that could increase the degree of stress experienced in the work domain and whether or not suggested methods such as voluntary action, actually reduce workplace stress. 


Research assistants

5Winnie Lee

Winnie Lee is currently a 4th year student who completed a B.A. in both Psychology and Sociology. In a broad sense, her research interests include: victimization, bullying behavior, and harassment that may take place in the work environment. Winnie is currently working on her Honours project with Dr. Andrew Szeto. 

Mehnaz Rafi

Mehnaz Rafi completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2018. For her Honours project, she studied the mediating role of interdependence on (un)forgiveness towards transgression of coworkers and its impact on individuals’ psychological wellbeing. In the past, she was worked on research projects involving workplace transgression and the different methods individuals employ to deal with it. She wants to pursue graduate studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in the near future.  


Eunice mingollo

Eunice Mingollo is currently a 4th year student completing her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Calgary. She is interested in studying organizational commitment and job satisfaction. She hopes to enter the Honours program by the end of her 4th year. 

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Jennifer murray

Jennifer Murray is currently a 4th year student completing an after-degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has worked in the private sector for eight years and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources. She is interested in many areas pertaining to industrial-organizational psychology specifically relationship management, employee engagement, and relationship building. She hopes to enter the Honours program in her 4th year of study.  

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Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson is currently a 3rd year B.A. psychology student at the University of Calgary. He has assisted in and continues to work on research to improve the efficacy of treatment programs for youth suffering from chronic pain. He is interested in the external factors that contribute to the development of mental illnesses, and how these contributing factors can be addressed in people’s work environments to help protect their psychological wellbeing. Matt aspires to complete an Honours program in his 4th year and move on to complete a Masters program in clinical psychology.


YanFei Song recently completed her B.Sc. in Physiology at McGill University. She is very passionate about healthcare, and in particular mental health. She is currently furthering her studies in psychology at the University of Calgary with hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist in the future.



Anjali Arora is currently a 3rd year B.Sc. Psychology student  at the University of Calgary. Anjali has a passion for travelling which influenced her interest in mental health and Psychology. She is interested in many areas of research pertaining to mental health and medicine. In regards to the lab, her research interests revolve around the behavioural affects of job security and the dynamic relationship between stress, burnout and resiliency within a workplace. Anjali hopes to complete the Honours program in her fourth year and eventually attend medical school. 



Dinesh Pai has completed his B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering and is currently a 2nd year Master's student in Business Administration at the University of Calgary. He takes keen interest in learning more about workplace behaviour to help businesses build effective teams. In this area he is specifically interested in understanding effective methods to sustain teams in any organization. As to his current role at the lab, Dinesh studies anticipatory psychological contract breach. He will use this study to further his interest in pursuing a career in organizational psychology.


Shang (James) Li

James completed his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2018. His research interests include psychological contract breach, and workplace mistreatment. Previously he has worked on research projects looking at impression management during interviews. Outside of I/O psychology, James also does research on gambling measures evaluation. After completing his degree he plans on pursuing a Master's program.