Dr. Safdar's primary research interests relate to intercultural relations and acculturation processes of immigrants, refugees, and international students.
Safdar is an Iranian-born Canadian-educated associate professor of psychology at the University of Guelph in Canada where she is director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research. She received her BA Honours from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in 1996 and her Master’s and PhD from York University, Toronto, Canada in 2002. She has been an active member of International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology since 2001, a member of the Board of International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and the Chair of the International and Cross-Cultural Section of the Canadian Psychological Association from 2006-2008.
Safdar was on sabbatical in the academic year of 2008-09, during which time, she was a visiting scholar at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London in U.K. (September to December, 2008) and a visiting professor at the Université de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France (January to May, 2009).