Department of General Management and Human Resources
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Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2011), Western University
M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2006), University of Guelph
B.A. Psychology, Honours (2004), University of Guelph
Leah Hamilton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Human Resources at the Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University. She teaches Leadership Development, Organizational Behaviour, and Research Methods for Business. Leah’s program of research focuses on the social and economic integration of immigrants and refugees in Canada.
She frequently collaborates on projects commissioned by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Government of Alberta. She has extensive experience conducting community-based research with the settlement sector. She is also interested in economic integration more broadly, and has done several projects examining factors that affect the employability of undergraduate students. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Recognition and Awards
Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Best Paper Award 2016, Management Education Division
Distinguished Faculty Award, Mount Royal University, 2017
Research Methods for Business
RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY WORK
Sample Publications and Major Contributions
Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., & Gaucher, D. (2017). The global refugee crisis: Empirical evidence and policy implications for improving public attitudes and facilitating refugee resettlement. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11(1), 78-123.
Drolet, J., Hamilton, L. K., Esses, V. M., & Wright, J. (2016, May). Geographies of (Im)migration to Canada and Alberta: Improving understanding of social and economic determinants driving migration patterns. Report written for Government of Alberta.
Esses, V., Ravanera, Z., Hamilton, L. K., Drolet, J., Sutter, A., Medianu, S., & Tarraf, R. (2016, May). Improving refugee outcomes in Alberta and Canada: An analysis of integration challenges and strategies for improving economic, social, and civic/political integration. Report written for Government of Alberta.
Hamilton, L. K., Boman, J., & Rubin, H. (2015, December). Transformational mentorship experiences for university undergraduate students and their mentors: Outcomes of the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program. Report written for Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program, Mount Royal University.
Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., Ravanera, Z., Lavoie, C., & Lacassagne, A. (2015). Design and validation of a survey instrument to assess the attraction, retention, and integration of Official Language Minority Immigrants in Canada. Report written for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Dietz, J., Joshi, C., Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., & Gabarrot, F. (2015). The skill paradox: Explaining and reducing employment discrimination against skilled immigrants. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(10), 1318-1334.
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. Weisbaden, Germany: Verlag.
Hamilton, L. K., Medianu, S., & Esses, V. M. (2013). Towards 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: The intergroup context (pp. 82-111). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.
Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., Wilkinson, L., Zong, L., Bramadat, J., & Bucklaschuk (2013). Western Settlement Outcomes Survey. Report written for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Western Region.
Meyer, J. P., & Hamilton, L. K. (2013). Commitment to organizational change: Theory, research, principles and practice. In R. T. By, S. Oreg, & A. Michel (Eds.), The psychology of organizational change: Viewing change from the employee’s perspective (pp. 43-64). Cambridge University Press.
Finch, D. J., Hamilton, L. K., Baldwin, R., & Zehner, M. (2013). An exploratory study of factors affecting undergraduate employability. Education & Training, 55(7), 681-704.
2016-2017. Optimizing the Provision of Information to Facilitate the Settlement and Integration of Refugees in Canada: Case Studies of Syrian Refugees in London, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. ($23,560; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada –Targeted Rapid Response Research on Syrian Refugees). Investigators: Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., Pyati, A., & El Hazzouri, M.
2015-2017. Using attributional retraining to improve skilled immigrants’ labour market outcomes. ($74,732; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant). Investigators: Hamilton, L. K., & Esses, V. M.
2014-2018. Optimizing the provision of information to facilitate the settlement and integration of immigrants in Canada. ($279,260; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant). Investigators: Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., & Pyati, A.
2013-2016. Return on Mentoring. ($27,360; Harry G. Schaefer Grant for Interdisciplinary Team Research on Student Mentorship, Mount Royal University). Investigators: Hamilton, L. K., Varella, P., & Boman, J.
Selected Media Coverage of Research
CTV News (February 19, 2016). Mentors help prepare for job hunt: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=812886
Jessiman, M. (2013, December 4). Why mentors make the grade. The Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/why-mentors-make-the-grade/article15743226/
Community and University Service (Selected)
2016-Present. Research Development Officer, Office of Research Services and Community Engagement
2016-Present. Mount Royal University Research and Scholarship Days – Member of the Organizing Committee
2015-Present. Mount Royal Human Research Ethics Board – Board Member
2015-Present. BBA Honours Program Coordinator
2013-2015. Bissett Faculty Development Committee - Committee Member
2013-2015. MRFA Diversity Committee - Committee Member
2012-Present. Course Coordinator – MGMT 3276 (Organizational Behaviour)