Research Team

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.

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.

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.



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 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.

Negeen Pak, MA, BSc | Research Assistant

Negeen Pak holds a M.A. in Health Policy, Equity and Management from York University. Currently, Negeen is a Research Assistant for Dr. Tamara Daly, assisting on projects such as SALTY, Age-Friendly, CHAP, and the Long-Term Care Workers’ and Privately Paid Companions’ Surveys. Negeen’s primary research interests include feminist political economy, aging, and accessible health care services for marginalized communities.