Emily McIntyre, MA | Research Coordinator
Emily is a Research Coordinator for Dr. Tamara Daly’s research program. Her research interests surround social justice, access to care, community care and disability rights. She was a researcher for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario to determine service gaps in Ontario. Emily has an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University, and worked as a GA for Disability Rights Promotions International. She has previously taught at Queenstown Resort College and has directed and co-chaired events. She is a Technical Committee Member for ISO/TC 228.
Kate Laxer, PhD | Research Associate
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. Kate is working on several projects with Tamara Daly, including researching caregivers in long-term care and investigating the relationship between heart disease, diabetes and the social determinants of health among South Asian populations in the Toronto area. Kate is a co-investigator on two projects, including with the SSHRC-funded Insight Grant, What’s Past is Prologue: Comparing Long Term Care Workers and Working Conditions Between Canada and Nordic Countries 10 Years Later (PI Dr. Tamara Daly). Her background is in sociology and feminist political economy.
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.
Alison 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.
Vasuki Shanmuganathan, MPhil, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Shanmuganathan is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research examines how colonialism, globalization, race, labour, visual culture, gender, and sexuality shape narratives of aging and health. Past work explored the shift from aesthetic towards biopolitical readings of colonial subjects in Europe and South Asia whereas a second project will expand on this study paying closer attention to views on aging within the colonial context and its influence on public policies. Drawing on nearly two decades of work experience in long-term care, she is currently investigating care work and practices in the Canadian context as part of a research team collaborating with Tamara Daly, YU-CARE, and SALTY. Her community-based research work is further informed by her volunteer experience with women’s advocacy, refugee, arts, and community health organizations. She is also the founder of the Tamil Archive Project (TAP) and the award-winng Critical Mass Series (CMS), which combine knowledge translation, archives, and art to create accessible community events. She is presently affiliated with the Centre for Feminist Research, Centre for Asian Research, and leads the Health and Race Working Group. If you are interested in joining, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter and Instagram: @_vasukis
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.
Negeen Pak, BSc | Research Assistant
Negeen Pak is MA student in health policy and equity at York University. She is a Research assistant for Dr. Tamara Daly, assisting on projects such as SALTY, the Long-Term Care Workers Survey and the Long-Term Care Privately Paid Companions’ Survey. Negeen has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology, focusing on applied social research. Additionally, she has worked as a research assistant for both a social psychology lab and an animal behavior lab.
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.
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.