Research Team

IMG_1513Alison Jenkins Jayman, PhD | Research Associate

Alison holds a PhD in sociology from York University. Her research interests encompass social inequality, health and health care, and public policy in Canada and abroad.





Rachael Dempsey, MA | Research Coordinator

Rachael Dempsey is a Research Coordinator for Professor Tamara Daly’s research program. She holds a MA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, a BA in International Studies from Glendon College, York University and a BA in English Literature from McGill University.  She brings five years of experience working on diverse human rights, social justice and health research topics, in particular qualitative, community-led, feminist research with a focus on women’s rights, disability rights, and human rights defenders.  She also has contributed to and coordinated a range of communications, advocacy, and policy initiatives both locally and internationally, including with Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy and Disability Rights Promotion International at York University, as well as the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, and the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines.  She is the recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.


Katherine Laxer, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow

Kate’s research focuses on workers in health and social care with particular attention to issues of gender, race/ethnicity, immigration, support work, and precariousness.  With Dr. Tamara Daly, Kate is researching the relationship between heart disease, diabetes and the social determinants of health among South Asian populations, in addition to caregivers in long term care.  Her background is in sociology, feminist political economy and quantitative labour force mapping.


Selected Publications:

Laxer, K., F. F. Jacobsen, L. Lloyd, M. Goldmann, S. Day, J. A. Choiniere, and P. Vaillancourt Rosenau. (2015). Comparing Nursing Home Assistive Personnel in Five Countries. Ageing International, Nov 12 2015.

Laxer, K. (2015). Who Counts in Care? Gender, power, and aging populations. In P. Armstrong and A. Pederson (Eds.), Women’s Health: Intersections of Policy, Research and Practice, 2nd Edition. Toronto: Women’s Press.

Symes, B. and K. Laxer. (April 13, 2015). Women and Work: Thirty years after Section 15 of The Charter – Have We Made Progress? Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges/ National Institute of Justice Conference. St. John’s, Newfoundland.


Guytano Virdo, MA | PhD Candidate

Guytano has a MA in Health Policy from York University and is a PhD Candidate in Policy Studies at Ryerson University. His dissertation examines precarious labour in the context of hospitals in Ontario, with a focus on nurses and ancillary workers.  Prior to joining Tamara Daly’s research team, Guytano was a research assistant at Ryerson University and recently he attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Virdo, G., & Daly, T. (2015). The effects of lifestyle factors and the social determinants of health on cardiovascular disease among South Asians. Poster presented at the Canadian Research Data Centre Network National Conference.


Polly Ford-Jones, MA, PCP | PhD Candidate

Polly Ford-Jones is a PhD student in Health Policy and Equity at York University and is a primary care paramedic.  Her primary research interests are in the social determinants of health and mental health, mental health care and social care in the prehospital setting.




Ford-Jones, P. (2015). Misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: ‘Normal behaviour’ and relative maturity. Paediatrics and Child Health, 20, 200-202

Ford-Jones, P. (2009). Physician brain drain: Exercising human rights or exploitation of the South? Understanding the multidimensional problem. Undercurrent: The Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Development Studies, 6, 6-13.


Joanne Rappaport, BSc, BA, MA | PhD Candidate

Joanne holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto, a BA in Psychology and an MA in Development Studies from York University. Joanne recently completed her MA studies and her Masters Major Research Paper was about the role non-governmental organisations play in maternal health services in rural Guatemala. Joanne’s future research interests revolve around intercultural health care models and bottom-up health care models in rural Indigenous communities as a pathway to Indigenous revitalization and empowerment. Prior to joining Tamara Daly’s team, Joanne has worked for many years as a research grants coordinator at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.


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Tesia Wood, BA | Research Assistant

Tesia holds a B.A. in Anthropology and International Development from McGill University and is an M.A. candidate in Health Policy and Equity at York University. Prior to joining Dr. Daly’s team, Tesia worked as a medical anthropology research assistant at Université de Montréal where she examined intersections of aging and autonomy as well as novel interventions in Parkinson’s Disease. Her current research interests include issues of gender and unpaid care work in Canada, community empowerment and lay health knowledge, and community-based health policy development.


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Thrmiga Sathiyamoorthy, BHSc | MA Candidate

Thrmiga is a first year Interdisciplinary Studies student. Her MA research explores the impacts of health and quality of life on Tamil elders in the GTA. Thrmiga holds a Killam Fellowship from Fulbright Canada and is interested in pursuing a career in health policy. She is currently assisting with the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) within Dr. Daly’s team, and her research interests include the aging experience of older immigrants in Canada, specifically the GTA.






Tanya Son, BA | MA Candidate

Tanya received a B.A. in Psychology (Honors) from Western University and is a M.A. candidate in Critical Disability Policy Studies at York University. Her research interests include mental health policy, children’s mental health and the role of technology in mental health care. Her major research paper is a critical review and evaluation of Telepsychiatry programs worldwide. Prior to joining Tamara’s research team she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, supporting research initiatives in fields of cardiology, aging and long-term care and respirology.