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Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo

Wendi L. Adair (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Director of the Culture at Work Lab at University of Waterloo, Ontario. Wendi’s current research examines the impact of culture on communication, for example what is said and what is not said, and interdependent work outcomes, such as communication effectiveness, conflict resolution, trust, and team performance. Her work appears in outlets including Journal of Applied Psychology, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, and Academy of Management Discoveries. She is co-Principal Investigator of Indigenous Workways, a collaborative project among faculty and Indigenous Student Centres in Ontario to develop a sustainable solution to underemployment among Ontario’s Indigenous workforce by empowering Indigenous youth with career mentors and opportunities, and Ontario employers with relational, respectful, reciprocal, and relevant workplace communication and climate practices. Wendi has served as Associate Editor of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research and President of the International Association for Conflict Management.


  • 2006–2021
    Professor, University of Waterloo