In an increasingly networked and mobile world, intercultural understanding and communication have become vital skills. This webinar will consider the different ways in which to think about and build these skills across a range of levels, from society-to-society through community-to-community to person-to-person. Special attention will be paid to the challenges posed to intercultural understanding and communication by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This webinar session, organized by the John Molson Executive Centre, is being offered as part of Concordia’s CU at Home initiative, a virtual learning series that offers webinars on a variety of topics.
Dr. Andrew Ryder is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, where he directs the Culture, Health, and Personality Lab as part of the university’s Centre for Clinical Research in Health. He is also an affiliated researcher in the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Ryder received his B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto in 1997 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2005, and he has been a faculty at Concordia since that time. He conducts research on: (1) emotional disorders in East Asian societies, with a special focus on depression in China; (2) the mental health and well-being of migrants in Montreal; and (3) best practices for the integration of cultural and clinical perspectives in psychology. In addition to his work as a researcher and lecturer, Dr. Ryder is a licensed clinical psychologist in the province of Quebec.