The Trustworthiness Research Alliance (TRA) | Contact InfoLast updated September 2023
The Trustworthiness Research Alliance
The Trustworthiness Research Alliance is an international and multidisciplinary group of researchers who investigate trust and the role that perceptions of the trustworthiness of individuals, organizations, and institutions plays in decisions to take the leap of faith we know of as “trust.”
Suzanne McMurphy, PhDUniversity of WindsorAssoc. Chair, TRA Steering CommitteeAssoc. Prof, Sociology, Anthropology and CriminologyDirector, Research Ethics Board •Dynamics of trust, distrust, and trustworthiness•Government, health care, and justice systems•Research ethics and public trust in scientific information.
Catherine T. Kwantes, PhDUniversity of WindsorChair, TRA Steering CommitteeProf, Industrial-Organizational PsychologyDirector, Centre for Culture and Organizational Research (CCOR) •Societal cultures and perceptions of trustworthiness in organizations•Workplace interactions•Employee attitudes
Greg A. Chung-Yan, PhDUniversity of WindsorAssoc. Prof, Industrial-Organizational PsychologyDirector, Occupational Health and Well-Being Group•Person-environment fit•Workplace health and well-being•Bias and fairness in personnel selection•Conflict management
Wendy Adair, PhDUniversity of WaterlooProf, PsychologyDirector, Culture at Work Lab•Culture and communication (e.g., conflict resolution, team performance)•The self, values, the meaning of work•Adaptation in multicultural teams
Yuichiro Kanazawa, PhDInternational Christian UniversityProgram Director, Public Policy and Social ResearchAssoc. Director, Rotary Peace CenterProfessor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba•Statistics•Marketing science•Industrial and organizational behaviour•Criminology
Juliana Barreiros Porto, PhDUniversity of BrasíliaProfessor, Institute of PsychologyCoordinator, Tamayo Research Group•Organizational culture•Work and personal values•Person-organization fit•Well-being•Ethical behaviors at work.
Bjørn Z. Ekelund, MBA, PsychologistHuman Factors ASFounder and ChairpersonCreator, Diversity Icebreaker® •Trust issues in relation to cross-cultural differences, leadership and interdisciplinary work
A Global Research Network
Cheryl A. Boglarsky, PhDHuman Synergistics, Inc.Director, Research•Organizational culture, group, and individual development assessments •Small group processes
United States of America
Sharon Glazer, PhDUniversity of BaltimoreProf and Chair, Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences President, Healthy Organization, Inc.•Occupational Stress and Health•Organizational Development•Cross-Cultural Organizational Affect, Behavior, and Cognition
Graduate Student Members
Esther Davies, University of Toronto, CanadaArief Kartolo, University of Windsor, CanadaHarmony Peach, University of Windsor, Canada
Frances Wong, PhDUniversity of WindsorOperations Manager, TRA•Ioinformatics and genomics •Big data and health •Equity with technology
Narjes Azizi, PhDCenter of Research and Innovation, Mellat BankHuman Resource Researcher•Social trust•Corporate social responsibility•Human resources•Organizational Behaviour
Sharon Glazer earned her PhD in Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology from Central Michigan U (1999) and MS in Applied IO Psychology from the U of Baltimore. She also had a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. Her research has been supported by several grants, notably a Fulbright Fellow, Erasmus Mundus Fellow, and NASA Principal Investigator. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the International Academy for Intercultural Research, and the International Association of Applied Psychology.
Catherine Kwantes is professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Director of the Culture and Organizational Research Centre at the University of Windsor. She received an MSc in Clinical Psychology, and MA and PhD degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her area of research is on the intersection of societal and organizational cultures, and how societal cultures affect perceptions of trustworthiness in organizations, workplace interactions, and employee attitudes. She has given lectures to audiences around the world, taught in numerous countries, and provided consultative services to organizations in North America and Asia. She has lived and worked in Canada, Japan, India, and the USA.
Suzanne McMurphy is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at the University of Windsor. She is the Chair of the Research Ethics Board and a fellow in the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric. She has a Ph.D in Social Policy, a Master in Law and Social Policy and Master in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA. Her doctoral research was funded by a Fulbright Scholarship to Sweden where she studied the integration of law and social work in child welfare and criminal justice systems across Europe and North America. Her primary areas of interest are the dynamics of trust and trustworthiness between individuals and organizations (e.g., government, health care, justice systems). She also studies research ethics and public trust in scientific information.
Narjes Azizi received her Ph.D. in Sociology and MA in Social Science from Islamic Azad University, Iran. Currently, she is a researcher in the Centre for Culture and Organizational Research (CCOR) at the University of Windsor and an honorary project director at the Nobel Institute of Environmental peace, Canada. Previously, she was a research assistant at Mellat Bank and a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, Iran. She researches trust in relationships in the context of corporate social responsibility and social participation in the banking system.
Greg Chung-Yan is an associate professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Director of the Occupational Health and Well-Being Group. His research looks at the impact of workplace person-environment fit on health and well-being. His research appears in such journals as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. He recently stepped down as the Department Head of Psychology at the University of Windsor.
Wendi Adair is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Culture at Work Lab at University of Waterloo. Her research examines the impact of culture on communication (e.g., what is said and not said, interdependent work outcomes, communication effectiveness, conflict resolution, trust, and team performance). She also investigates culture and the self at work, examining work values, the meaning of work, and adaptation in multicultural teams. She is Associate Editor of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research and Past President of the International Association for Conflict Management. Her research appears in management and psychology outlets including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Organization Science, and she is co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Negotiation (Edward Elgar, 2013). She co-founded and Principle of the Intercultural Communication Edge (icEdge), a communication assessment and cross-cultural effectiveness tool.
Cheryl Boglarsky is the Director of Research for Human Synergistics, Inc., a developer and publisher of high-quality assessments and simulations for individuals, leaders, teams, and organizations to actualize their potential. Dr. Boglarsky is responsible for maintaining the scientific integrity of HSI products, including the development of organizational culture surveys, group and individual development assessments. She is an expert on research design and methodology, measurement, and statistics, as well as small group processes. She is also currently an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Boglarsky’s academic training is in social psychology, and she holds a doctorate in psychology from Wayne State University. Her B.A. is in psychology, with a minor in sociology, from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Yuichiro Kanazawa is professor of statistics, Chair of Department of Economics and Business, and Associate Director of Rotary Peace Center at the International Christian University. He is also Professor Emeritus of the University of Tsukuba. He received MA, M.Phil, and Ph.D. in statistics from Yale. His area of theoretical research is on nonparametric and semiparametric density estimation/regression, statistical analysis of missing value problem, generalized linear models, discrete choice models, asymptotic theory, and Bayes estimation. He also applies his statistical knowledge to marketing science, industrial organization, organizational behavior, and quantitative criminology. He has been serving the Ministry of Justice, Japan as a statistical consultant since 2014.
Juliana Barreiros Porto is Professor and Coordinator of at the Tamayo Research Group at the Institute of Psychology, University of Brasília, Brazil. She has a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Brasília. She has expertise in Organizational Psychology and her research focuses primarily on organizational culture, work and personal values, person-organization fit, well-being and ethical behaviors at work.
Bjørn Ekelund is the founder and chairperson of Human Factors AS in Norway. He is most known for creating the Diversity Icebreaker® – combining the assessment of cognitive styles with an experiential learning seminar. It’s used by 300,000 people in 75 countries. He also lectures at management schools in organisational psychology and international management. He completed a degree in Psychology, Univ. of Oslo, Norway; an MBA, Henley Management College, London, UK; and studies in International management, University of Agder, Norway. He’s published numerous articles and books and presented at various international conferences. He researchs trust in relation to cross-cultural differences, leadership and interdisciplinary work.