Joni Sasaki

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

330 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 33438

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Lab website

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2012
University of California, Santa Barbara

BA - 2006
Claremont McKenna College

Selected Publications

Sasaki, J. Y. (2013). Promise and challenges surrounding culture–gene coevolution and gene–culture interactions. Psychological Inquiry, 24, 64–70.

Sasaki, J. Y., Kim, H. S., Mojaverian, T., Kelley, L. D., Park, I., & Janušonis, S. (2013). Religion priming differentially increases prosociality among variants of Dopamine D4 Receptor (DRD4) gene. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 209–215.

Sasaki, J. Y., Kim, H. S., & Xu, J. (2011). Religion and well-being: An analysis of an oxytocin receptor polymorphism (OXTR) and culture. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42, 1394–1405.

Sasaki, J. Y., & Kim, H. S. (2011). At the intersection of culture and religion: A cultural analysis of religion’s implications for secondary control and social affiliation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 401–414.


Society for Experimental Social Psychology Dissertation Award - 2013


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Not Indicated

Current Research

Individual, situational, and cultural moderators of religion’s effects; cultural influences on cognition, emotion, and well-being; gene–environment interactions.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Joni Y. Sasaki