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Renate Ysseldyk

Associate Professor On Sabbatical from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Degrees:PhD (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 4428
Office:3306 Health Sciences Building

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.

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.