Investigative team

The EnRiCH Project is a collaborative initiative with a variety of community partners and academic co-investigators. The following is a list of our project team members and their biographies.

Tracey O'Sullivan, PhD

Louise Lemyre, PhD., MSRC FRSCDr. Tracey O'Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Ottawa. She obtained her masters degree from the University of Victoria and her PhD from Queen's University. She then worked as a senior research associate at the University of Ottawa's Institute of Population Health, prior to starting her faculty appointment in 2007. Dr. O'Sullivan's research program focuses on support mechanisms to promote health and resilience in conditions of high personal, occupational and community stress, with particular emphasis on building capacity for emergency management through community engagement, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and strengthening of critical social infrastructure. She is the lead investigator for The EnRiCH Project, which is a community-based participatory research project focused on enhancing resilience and preparedness among high risk populations, using a functional capabilities framework.

Louise Lemyre, PhD., MSRC FRSC

Louise Lemyre, PhD., MSRC FRSCLouise Lemyre is a Full Professor at the School of Psychology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, and the McLaughlin Research Chair on Psychosocial Risk at the Institute of Population Health of the University of Ottawa, where she leads a research unit on psychosocial analysis of health 'GAP-Santé'. She obtained her Master's degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and her doctorate at Université Laval in Social Psychology. She then went for an interdisciplinary postdoctorate in social epidemiology and medical sociology at the British MRC Social Research Unit at the University of London, UK. With uninterrupted funding for thirty years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), her work examines the subjective appraisal and contextual evaluation of social environment, especially with respect to stress, risk, adaptation and organizational learning, in either health or work settings. Her interdisciplinary projects involve the major determinants of population health and their interaction, the anticipation, risk perception and stressors, especially as they relate to Sense of Mastery, Uncertainty and Threat. The psychosocial aspects of terrorism, emergency preparedness and psychosocial management of risks are at the core of her applied research program. She is the founding scientific leader of the national Psychosocial Cluster of the Center for Security Science Canada.

Sanni Yaya, PhD.

Sanni Yaya is an Associate Professor of Economics and International Health at the University of Ottawa's Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences. A Socio-Anthropologist (DUEL), Dr. Yaya also holds a degree in Management (M.Sc.) and received a Ph.D. in Economics and Business from the Joint doctoral program that pools together, the resources of Montreal's four major universities, Concordia-HEC-McGill-UQAM. Before joining the University of Ottawa, he taught at Laval University, at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and at Quebec's School of Public Administration. Dr. Yaya was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University and Senior Visiting Scholar at New York University (NYU and has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). He is the Editor of La Revue de l'Innovation, Collection Director at Publibook and Director of the Society and Health collection at the University of Ottawa Press. A result of a transdisciplinary approach, most of his work strives to break traditional boundaries of disciplines and includes organizational theories, economics, international development, government policy and has been published in top-tier journals.

Craig Kuziemsky, PhD

Craig Kuziemsky, PhDCraig Kuziemsky is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Science Health Systems Program in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He joined the University of Ottawa in 2007. He completed his PhD in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria in 2006. He also received Bachelor of Commerce and Science Degrees from the University of Alberta in 1993 and 2000 respectively. His research interests include modeling and designing information systems to support collaborative healthcare teams. He is also researching healthcare interoperability with a focus on process interoperability. Dr. Kuziemsky's research focuses on developing new approaches for modeling collaborative work in healthcare and emergency management to influence the design of information and communication technology to support collaboration. His research is tackling this problem at both the micro level (relationships between team members) and the meso or organizational levels (system interoperability, workflow, knowledge, collaboration, and information management). Dr. Kuziemsky has developed models of awareness and common ground and examined how they influence collaboration and system operability.

Wayne Corneil, ScD.

Wayne Corneil, ScD.Wayne Corneil is an Associate Scientist at GAPSanté in the Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa. Previously he spent 32 years in a variety of senior positions in Health Canada at the regional, national and international levels with responsibilities for Occupational Safety & Health, Quarantine and Emergency Health Services. Dr. Corneil has a doctorate in Epidemiology and Occupational Health Psychology from the School of Hygiene & Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University.

Linda J. Garcia, PhD.

Linda J. Garcia, PhD.Linda Garcia is Professor and Director at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology from McGill University (1979) and a master's degree in speech-language pathology (1981) from the same university. Her PhD. in biomedical sciences (speech-language pathology) was received from the University of Montreal in 1991. Her research focuses on how communication influences human interactions and transitions as individuals living with aphasia or dementia continue to live with their functional limitations. She is particularly interested in the role of others in facilitating human exchanges. The attitudes and approaches of conversational partners, social networks and interactions with health care professionals are examples of these social environments. Professor Garcia is an affiliated scientist with the Elisabeth Bruyère Research Institute and the Population Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN), a member of the Champlain Dementia Network steering committee and elected academic colleague on the Council of Ontario Universities. She is also a member of the French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario and is a Board member of the Council on Aging of Ottawa.

Jeff Jutai, PhD.

Jeff Jutai, PhD.Jeffrey Jutai is a Full Professor in the University of Ottawa's Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, and has cross-appointments in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and the School of Psychology. He is a Scientist and Director of Care of the Elderly research at the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute, and Director of a new, Long-Term Care Learning, Research and Innovation Centre at Saint-Louis Residence in Ottawa. Dr. Jutai is past editor of the journal, Assistive Technology. He obtained an Honours Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). His PhD in Psychology was received from UBC in 1983. Dr. Jutai's research is focused on studying factors that affect the outcomes from using assistive technology devices, including how devices are prescribed and how users are educated on how to use them. He directs a program of research on measuring the impact of assistive technologies for persons who have physical and sensory disabilities. His Assistive Technology Research lab is located at Saint-Vincent hospital.

Behnam Behnia, PhD.

Behnam Behnia is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Carleton University. He is the Academic Director of Carleton University's Centre for International Migration and Settlement Study (CIMSS). He obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Sociology from University of Rome (Italy). He received his PhD in Sociology from Carleton University in 1997. His research areas include: Settlement and Integration of Immigrants and Refugees; Intrapersonal, Interpersonal and Societal Factors Influencing Helping Behavior and Helping Relationships; Formal Volunteering; Trust Building, and cross-Cultural Communication.