Catherine (Cat, Kasia) Owsik is a fourth-year Ph.D. student studying organizational behavior at the Convergent Behavioral Science Initiative at the University of Virginia.
Cat’s research investigates diversity, equity, and inclusion and focuses on the intersectional psychology of upward mobility. Her primary questions include when and why is career “success” a double-edged sword for people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds? And how can psychological theories be applied to mitigate workplace power dynamics that contribute to systemic inequality? Taken together, her research sheds light on social justice — racial, socioeconomic, and environmental — through organizational change. With a minor in quantitative psychology, Cat uses a wide range of research methods for experimental, field, and measurement research. Her research has been featured in MIT Sloan Management Review and the New York Times.
Cat received her B.Sc. in biology with honors from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She is a 2020 Environmental Resiliency Institute Fellow as well as a Lim Kim San Fellow in organizational behaviour for 2020-21. Prior to graduate school, Cat worked in environmental non-profits in Vancouver and her hometown, Toronto.