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Renate Ysseldyk

Assistant Professor

Degrees:PhD (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 4428
Email:renate.ysseldyk@carleton.ca
Office:5432 Herzberg Laboratories
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Primary Fields of Specialization:

Social and Health Psychology

Research Interests:

In broad terms, my research focuses on social determinants of health among potentially vulnerable populations (e.g., older adults, women who have experienced abuse, individuals who have experienced discrimination). I study the influence of psychosocial factors, and especially particular social group identities (e.g., as a caregiver, a woman, or a person of religious faith), on coping with stressful experiences. My research takes an interdisciplinary and community-based approach in order to contribute toward developing healthier societies for all by focussing on three interconnected themes: 1) healthy aging, 2) religious identity, and 3) coping with stress.

Select publications:

Ysseldyk, R. Matheson, K., & Anisman, H. (2017). Revenge is sour, but is forgiveness sweet? Psychological symptoms and cortisol reactivity among women with experiences of abuse. Journal of Health Psychology. doi.org/10.1177/1359105317714319

Kachanoff, F., Ysseldyk, R., Taylor, D., de la Sablonniere, R., & Crush, J. (2016). The good, the bad, and the central: Evidence of a u-shaped quadratic relation between ingroup affect and identity centrality. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 563-580. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2199

Ysseldyk, R., Haslam, S.A., & Morton, T. (2016). Stairway to heaven? (Ir)religious identity moderates the effects of religious spaces on self-esteem and physical health. Journal of Environmental Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.04.016

Greenaway, K., Haslam, S.A., Cruwys, T., Branscombe, N.R., Ysseldyk, R. & Heldreth, C. (2015). From “we” to “me”: Group identification enhances perceived personal control with consequences for health and well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,109, 53-74. doi: 10.1037/pspi0000019.

Haslam, C., Haslam, S.A., Ysseldyk, R., McCloskey, L.G., Pfisterer, K. & Brown, S. (2014). Social identification moderates cognitive health and well-being following story- and song-based reminiscence. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 425-434. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2013.845871

Ysseldyk, R., Haslam, S.A., & Haslam, C. (2013). Abide with me: Religious group identification amongst older adults promotes health and well-being by maintaining multiple group memberships. Aging and Mental Health, 17, 869-879. doi:10.1080/13607863.2013.799120

Ysseldyk, R., Matheson, K., & Anisman, H. (2010). Religiosity as identity: Toward an understanding of religion from a social identity perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14, 60-71.

Ysseldyk, R., Matheson, K., & Anisman, H. (2009). Forgiveness and the appraisal-coping process in response to relationship conflicts: Implications for depressive symptoms. Stress, 12, 152-166.