Dr. Renate Ysseldyk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, and cross-appointed to the Department of Psychology and Department of Neuroscience. She is also an Affiliated Researcher with the Canadian Health Adaptations, Innovations, and Mobilization (CHAIM) Centre at Carleton University. Before coming to Carleton, she was a postdoctoral fellow supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), affiliated with the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia. She is also a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Global Scholar Alumna, having completed a CIFAR-funded postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

Her research focuses on social determinants of health among potentially vulnerable populations (e.g., older adults living with dementia, women who have experienced abuse, individuals who have experienced discrimination). She studies 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. Her research takes an interdisciplinary and community-based approach in order to contribute toward developing healthier societies for all by focusing on three interconnected themes: 1) healthy aging, 2) religious identity, and 3) coping with stress.

Dr. Ysseldyk accepts graduate students through the Departments of Health Sciences, Neuroscience, or Psychology. Potential graduate students who wish to work with her should email to discuss your interests and fit, as well as the best program to suit your goals.

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