Prof. Valery Chirkov
Is a member of the Applied Social Psychology program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from the University of Rochester, NY in 2001. Dr. Chirkov’s research interests concern the application of self-determination theory of human motivation in cross-cultural research, psychology of immigration and acculturation, and philosophy and methodology of psychological and cultural research. He was co-PI or PI on two national funded projects. One project focused on Aboriginal and European Canadian parenting beliefs and practices of adolescent mothers (2003-2006) and the second focused on the role of family and school on refugee and immigrant children’s cultural adjustment (2005-2007). In 2009, Dr. Chirkov was the guest editor of the special issue of the International Journal of Intercultural Relations titled “Critical Acculturation Psychology.” He has several articles and chapters focused on culture, autonomy, and well-being, a coedited book on the same, as well as a sole authored textbook on culture and psychology research.