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Renate Ysseldyk

Associate Professor Interim Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Degrees:PhD (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 4428

Primary Fields of Specialization:

Social and Health Psychology, Aging

Research Interests:

In broad terms, my research takes an interdisciplinary, mixed-method, and community-based approach to contribute toward understanding and promoting individuals’ mental health, and healthy societies more broadly, by focusing on three interconnected themes: 1) healthy aging, 2) (non)religious, ethnic, and gender-based social identities, and 3) coping with stress. My ongoing research program is thus grounded in a social identity theoretical framework for studying health among potentially vulnerable populations (e.g., older adults living with dementia, caregivers, individuals who have experienced stigma, discrimination, trauma, or illness) in order to transform understandings of psychosocial care and improve mental health outcomes.

Select publications:

Ysseldyk, R., *Karamally, T., Kelly, A., Morton, T., & Haslam, A. (2021). They’re (not) playing our song: (Ir)religious identity moderates the effects of religious music on memory, self-esteem, and mood. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 51(8), 838-849.

*Chen, E., *Wood, D. & Ysseldyk, R. (2021). Online social networking and mental health among older adults: A scoping review. Canadian Journal on Aging. doi:

Ysseldyk, R., Greenaway, K., Hassinger, E., Frye, M., *Zutrauen, S., Lintz, J., Bhatia, M., Starkenburg, E., & Tai, V. (2019). A leak in the academic pipeline: Identity and health among postdoctoral women. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:1297.

*Carroll, L., *Chippior, J. *Karmali, S., *Sriram, D., & Ysseldyk, R. (2018). We are caregivers: Social identity is associated with less perceived stress among rural informal caregivers. Canadian Journal on Aging. (Note: selected as the Canadian Journal on Aging “Article of the Month”)

Ysseldyk, R., McQuaid, R., McInnis, O., Anisman, H., & Matheson, K. (2018). The ties that bind: Ingroup ties are linked with diminished inflammatory immune responses and mental health symptoms through less rumination. PlosOne.

Ysseldyk, R. (2017). Communicating religious identities. In H. Giles & J. Harwood (Eds.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.479

 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/10.1177/1359105317714319

 Ysseldyk, R., *Paric, A., & Luciani, T. (2016). Transferable practices for knowledge mobilization: Lessons learned from a community-engaged health research study. Technology Innovation Management Review. 6(9), 46–52.

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, 47, 14-21.

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., *Talebi, M., Matheson, K., Bloemraad, I., & Anisman, H. (2014). Religious and ethnic discrimination: Differential implications for social support engagement, civic involvement, and political consciousness. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2, 347-376. doi:10.5964/jspp.v2i1.232

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. (2011). Coping with identity threat: The role of religious orientation and implications for emotions and action intentions. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 3, 132-148.

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. doi: 10.1177/1088868309349693. (Note: the SAGE most downloaded PSPR article for 2010; cited 1000+ times)