Meet Prof. Lisa Droogendyk (Psychology)

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Lisa received her PhD in Social Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2015. Her academic research interests are focused on collective action – when individuals take action to improve conditions for their group. She is especially interested in resistance among members of oppressed groups (e.g. women, immigrants, the LGBT community), and outcomes of environmental activism. Lisa is an associate editor with In-Mind Magazine ( and a founding member of the Academic Mental Health Collective ( Lisa lives in Oakville with her partner (Jonathon) and their charming tuxedo cat (Mittens). In her spare time, she likes cooking, reading, and getting outside as much as possible.

Lisa Droogendyk answers Alchemy’s Proust Questionnaire:

Most important lesson I learned in kindergarten: Don’t mess with naptime. You might get punched.

My idea of perfect happiness: Sitting near water on a lovely evening while I enjoy a glass of wine, artisan crackers & fresh goat cheese.

My idea of complete misery: Eating soggy broccoli while completing a difficult math test.

The word/phrase/expression I overuse in life: “Where’s the cat?”

If I weren’t a teacher I’d be: Captain of the Enterprise.

My guilty TV pleasure: Star Trek, Gilmore Girls (though I don’t feel guilty in the least!)