Andrew Ryder, PhD

Andrew Ryder received his B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto followed by his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia, in 2005. Since then, his primary affiliation has been with the Centre for Clinical Research in Health and the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, where he directs the Culture, Health, and Personality Lab. He has collaborated with the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill, and the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Jewish General Hospital, since shortly after arriving in Montreal. Contributions have included co-supervision and advising of graduate students, teaching as part of the cultural psychiatry summer program,  and the statistical co-editor role for the Transcultural Psychiatry journal.

Dr. Ryder's research is situated at the intersection of clinical psychology and cultural psychology, with a strong influence from cultural psychiatry. His research takes place along two axes. The first axis involves the study of how cultural context shapes emotions and emotional disorders, with an emphasis on East Asian societies: China, Korea, and Japan. Specific research questions centre on somatic versus psychological symptom presentations. The second axis involves the study of the acculturation process and its relation to psychosocial adjustment. A major theme in this research is the development of acculturation measurement tools to study the person-in-context. Since 2011, he has been involved in theoretical, empirical, and organizational work to help develop the field of Cultural-Clinical Psychology.

Selected Publications

Ryder, A. G., Zhao, Y., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E. (2017). Mood disorders in cultural-historical context. In R. J. DeRubeis & D. R. Strunk (Eds), Oxford handbook of mood disorders. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

Ryder, A. G., Sunohara, M., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2015). Culture and personality disorder: From a fragmented literature to a contextually-grounded alternative. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28, 40-45.

Ryder, A. G., Alden, L. E., Paulhus, D. L., & Dere, J. (2013). Does acculturation predict interpersonal adjustment? It depends on who you talk to. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 37, 502-506.

Ryder, A. G., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E. (2012). Depression in cultural context: “Chinese somatization”, revisited. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 35, 15-36.

Ryder, A. G., Ban, L. M., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E. (2011). Towards a cultural-clinical psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 960-975.

Ryder, A. G., Yang, J., Zhu, X., Yao, S., Yi, J., Heine, S. J., & Bagby, R. M. (2008). The cultural shaping of depression: Somatic symptoms in China, psychological symptoms in North America? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 300-313.