William S. Ryan

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Stigmatized identities
  • Health & Well-being
  • Workplace wellness & diversity 
  • Sexual identity, sexuality, & sexual prejudice
  • Psychophysiological methods (cardiovascular and neuroimaging techniques)


I am currently an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream (CLTA) at the University of Toronto, St. George's Department of Psychology. I teach a variety of courses relating to social psychology, health psychology, and industrial and organizational behaviour. 

My research examines the question of how social contexts and interactions support and thwart health and wellness, focusing on these processes among members of stigmatized groups. I am also interested in psychophysiological methodology and have done work developing and testing new methods for assessing cardiovascular reactivity. 

In addition to my academic work, I am also a research consultant for Immersyve, applying motivational and social psychological research to develop interventions to improve engagement, health, and well-being of employees and to support diversity in the workplace.  

I completed my Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 where I worked with Dr. Jim Blascovich at the Research Center for Virtual Environments & Behavior (ReCVEB). While at UCSB I also completed an Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences and Certificate in College & University Teaching.  I earned my BA in psychology from Smith College in 2009.