Leah Hamilton

General Management

Office: EB2018

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PhD Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2011), Western University
MA Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2006), University of Guelph
BA Psychology, Honours (2004), University of Guelph



Leah Hamilton is 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 newcomers and refugees in Canada. She is a community-engaged scholar who frequently collaborates with newcomer communities and the settlement sector. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.



Recognition and Awards

Distinguished Faculty Award, Mount Royal University, 2017

Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Best Paper Award 2016, Management Education Division

Teaching Experience
Organizational Behaviour
Leadership Development
Research Methods for Business



Sample Publications and Major Contributions

Hamilton, L. K., Veronis, L., & Walton-Roberts, M. (2020). A National Project: Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Canada. Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

El Hazzouri, M., & Hamilton, L. K. (2019). Why Us?! Ethnic Minority Members’ Reactions to Public Health Advertising Featuring their Own Ethnic Group. Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, 38(3), 372-390.

Hamilton, L. K., Boman, J., Rubin, H., & Sahota, B. (2019). Examining the impact of a university mentorship program on student attitudinal and motivational outcomes. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 8(1), 19-36.

Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., & Gaucher, D. (2019). The role of attitudes in migration. In D. Albarracin & B. Johnson (Eds.), Handbook of Attitudes (pp. 455-487). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Hamilton, L. K., McCafferty, B., & Esses, V. M. (2018, July). Connecting international talent with local champions: An examination of the outcomes of CRIEC’s mentorship strategy. Report written for Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council. 43pp.

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.

Research Grants

2019-2020. Understanding Chinese Immigrants' Use of Social Media as a Communication Tool in the Acculturation Process. ($20,924; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Engagement Grant). Investigators: Ju, R., & Hamilton, L.K.

2018-2019. Best practices for effective targeted public health communications. ($7,986; Pathways to Prosperity Research Partnership – funded by SSHRC). Investigators: El Hazzouri, M., Hamilton, L. K., & Main, K.

2018-2023. Long term housing outcomes of under-housed Syrian refugees. ($94,075; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant). Investigators: Oudshoorn, A., Hamilton, L. K., El Hazzouri, M., Esses, V., Brown, C., & Teriault, L.

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

Hamilton, L. K., Veronis, L., & Walton-Roberts, M. (2019, December 2). Syrian refugees in Canada: Four years after the welcome. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/syrian-refugees-in-canada-four-years-after-the-welcome-126312

El Hazzouri, M., & Hamilton, L. (2019, July 23). Public health authorities need to reassess how they market to racialized groups. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/public-health-authorities-need-to-reassess-how-they-market-to-racialized-groups-120206

Hamilton, L., & Osuji, C. (2018, June 10). The impact of mentorship on newcomers to Canada. Global News Morning Calgary. Retrieved June 11, 2018, from https://globalnews.ca/video/4265348/the-impact-of-mentorship-on-newcomers-to-canada

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. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/why-mentors-make-the-grade/article15743226/

Community and University Service (Selected)

2020-Present. Member of Executive Committee, General Faculties Council, Mount Royal University.

2019-Present. Chair, Undergraduate Research Working Group, Mount Royal University.

2019-2020. Program Coordinator, Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

2018-2020. Board Member, Bow Valley College Ethics Board.

2016-2018. Research Development Officer, Office of Research Services and Community Engagement.

2016-Present. Mount Royal University Research and Scholarship Days - Member of the Organizing Committee.

2015-2018. 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.

2012-2018. Course Coordinator - MGMT 3276 (Organizational Behaviour)