Stelian Medianu

Position: Instructor

Department: Psychology/Social Science

Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: NW N3305

Office Phone: (604) 527-5839


Education and Credentials

  • Ph. D., Social Psychology, University of Western Ontario
  • M.Sc., Social Psychology, University of Western Ontario
  • B.A., Psychology, University of British Columbia

Academic and Professional Profile

Stelian’s career in teaching started at the University of Western Ontario where he taught courses in two departments: Psychology and Management and Organizational Studies. In the Department of Psychology, Stelian taught courses in the area of tests and measurements, applications of psychology as well as antisocial and prosocial behavior. In the Department of Management and Organizational Studies, Stelian taught in the area of statistics and research methods for business, organizational behavior as well as evidence-based management in human resources. As a trained social psychologist, Stelian used his research skills to better understand the factors that shape people’s attitudes towards immigrants and refugees. As a research and policy consultant, he conducted policy studies, evaluation studies, and organizational reviews on behalf of federal and provincial governments as well as not-for-profit organizations.

Teaching Concentrations

My current teaching focus is primarily in the area of organizational behavior, research methods and introduction to psychology.


  • PSYC 1100 An Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 2301 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 3330 Social Psychology
  • SOSC 2140 Behaviour in Organizations

Open to Supervising Honours Students for 2022-23: NO

Professional Affiliations and Community Service

2013 - present    Ad-Hoc Reviewer European Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of International Migration and Journal of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy

2012-2014    Council Member London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership Council

Hobbies and Interests

I enjoy playing tennis, reading, travelling and watching movies.

Selected Publications:

Medianu, S., Sutter, A., & Esses, V. M. (2015). The portrayal of refugees in Canadian newspapers: The impact of the arrival of Tamil refugees by sea in 2010. IdeAs, 6,

Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., & Medianu, S. (2015). Right-wing authoritarianism and attitudes toward immigrants and immigration: Subgroups and multiple motives. In F. Funke, T. Petzel, C. Cohrs, & J. Duckitt (Eds.), Perspectives on authoritarianism. Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer.

Esses, V. M., Medianu, S., Hamilton, L. K., & Lapshina, N. (2014). Psychological perspectives on immigration and acculturation. For publication in P. Shaver & M. Mikulincer (Eds.), Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 2). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Esses, V. M., Medianu. S, & Lawson A. (2013). Uncertainty, threat, and the role of the media in promoting the dehumanization of immigrants and refugees. Journal of Social Issues, 69(3), 518-536.

Hamilton, L. K., Medianu, S., & Esses, V. M. (2012). Toward an understanding of immigration as a defining feature of the 21st century. In A. Golec de Zavala, & A. Cichocka (Eds.), Social Psychology of Social Problems. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Medianu, S., & Esses, V.M. (2012). La deumanizzazione dei rifugiati: prospettive teoriche empiriche [The dehumanization of refugees: Theoretical and empirical perspectives]. In A. Miglietta & S. Gattino (Eds.), Dietro il Pregiudizio. Il contributo della psicologia sociale all'analisi di una società multiculturale [Behind prejudice. The contribution of social psychology to the analysis of a multicultural society]. Napoli, Italy: Liguori Editore.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Medianu, S., Sutter, A., & Esses, V. M. (2016). The role of the media in the dehumanization of refugees. Presentation at the Pathways to Prosperity National Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.

Medianu, S., Kisinger, K., & Rothstein, M. (2015). Incremental validity of self-regulation in immigrants’ job search. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Medianu, S., Sutter, A., & Esses V. M. (2012). The portrayal of refugees in Canadian newspapers: The impact of the Tamil refugee incident. Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Chicago, IL.