Resume

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, University of Toronto | 2018 – 2022 (expected)

Business Fundamentals Certificate, Graduate Management and Consulting Association, University of Toronto | 2021 (expected)

Data Analytics Certificate, Institute for Management and Innovation, University of Toronto | 2020

Master of Arts, Psychology, University of Toronto | 2017 – 2018

Honours Bachelor of Science with high distinction, Psychology Research Specialist (thesis), University of Toronto | 2013 – 2017

Skills and Experience

Statistical and Computational Skills

  • Proficiency in Python (pandas, numpy), Jupyter Notebook, R, Git, SQL, SPSS, and Excel.
  • Experience with advanced statistical methods including General Linear Model and multivariate statistics (regression, MANOVA), process models (mediation, path analysis), multilevel modelling, dimension reduction (factor analysis, PCA), cluster analysis, and machine learning algorithms (naïve bayes, decision trees, KNN, SVM, random forest).
  • Skilled in data cleaning, visualization (ggplot2, matplotlib), and communication.
  • Contestant in the 2021 Big Data & Artificial Intelligence case competition with
    Scotiabank and the Institute for Management and Innovation.

Experimental Design and Survey Experience

  • Experience leading, designing, and executing complex experimental methods including daily experience sampling, large-scale laboratory studies, and physiological methods.
  • Expertise in planning, creating, and distributing surveys that accurately measure key variables to obtain meaningful insights.
  • Advanced knowledge of human research ethics, the importance of data privacy, and techniques for promoting researcher-participant trust.

Project Management and Organizational Experience

  • Trained and mentored 32 research assistants across 14 research projects and tasks in the Psychology department and at the Rotman School of Management.
  • Organized the Department of Psychology’s first ever hackathon (2019) to encourage and support psychology students learning to program.
  • Chaired a symposium at the 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention on moral perception, organizing andfacilitating the event.
  • Worked as the recruitment coordinator for the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, organizing orientation events for incoming graduate students.

Communication Skills

  • Skilled at disseminating research and advanced statistical findings to expert and lay audiences at numerous academic conferences and community events.
  • Grant writing, project marketing, and research communication skills enabled me to earn over $140,000 in federal, provincial, and institutional awards.
  • Trained in critically assessing knowledge translation of complex research methodologies as an assistant reviewer for a large academic convention.
Awards

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral ($105,000) | 2019 – 2022: Awarded to high-calibre doctoral students to promote continued excellence in Canadian research over a duration of three years.

SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship ($17,500) | 2018 – 2019: The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000) | 2017 – 2018: The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto Excellence Award ($18,000) | 2015 – 2017: Three time winner of the University of Toronto Excellence Award founded to give undergraduate students summer research opportunities to experience different approaches to research in various fields; to help students learn and appreciate the investigative methodology of areas of particular interest; and, to provide students with an experience that will allow them to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in research.

Isabel Warne Fellowship ($1,500) | 2017: Award intended for University College students at the University of Toronto pursuing graduate studies within or outside Canada.

George Mandler Research Fund ($533.73) | 2017: Awarded on the basis of academic merit to Psychology program students undertaking research initiatives in the Department of Psychology

University College Alumni Scholarship ($500) | 2016 : Award based on academic achievement.

C.L. Burton Open Scholarship ($500) | 2015: The gift of the late C.L. Burton, CBE; Award given at the discretion of College Council.

Dean’s List | July 2015, October 2015, October 2016, July 2017: This designation is given to degree students in the Faculty of Arts & Science having a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above.

Publications

Manuscripts Accepted

Côté, S., Stellar, J., Willer, R., Forbes, R.C., Martin., Sean., & Bianchi, E. (2020). The Psychology of Entrenched Privilege: High Socioeconomic Status Individuals from Affluent Backgrounds Are Uniquely High in Entitlement. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Manuscripts Under Review

Forbes, R. & Stellar, J. (2020). When the Ones We Love Misbehave: Exploring Moral Processes in Intimate Bonds. Revise and resubmit currently under review at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Robinson, J., Forbes. R., & Plaks, J. Anger and Sadness as Moral Signals: Actor and Observer Effects. Currently under review at Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Manuscripts in Progress

Forbes, R. & Stellar, J. When the Mighty Fall: Responses to the Moral Transgressions of the Powerful.

Forbes, R., Feinberg, M., & Stellar, J. Redemption (working title).

Li, Y., Forbes, R., & Stellar, J. Prosocial immorality (working title).

Teaching Experience

2021
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (PSY240), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Spring)

2020
Social Psychology of Emotions (PSY3310), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Spring)
Introduction to Social Psychology (PSY220), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Summer, Fall)

2019
Social Psychology of Emotions (PSY3310), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Spring)
Psychology of the Law (PSY328), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Spring, Summer)
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (PSY240), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Fall)
Introduction to Social Psychology (PSY220), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Fall)

2018
Social Psychology of Emotions (PSY3310), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Spring)
Psychology of Law (PSY328), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Summer)
Introduction to Social Psychology (PSY220), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Fall)
Moral Psychology (PSY420), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto (Fall)

2017
Introduction to Social Psychology (PSY220), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Spring)
Introduction to Psychology (PSY100), Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga (Fall)