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Research and Innovation


University research is governed by policies and practices that ensure the protection of research participants, researchers (faculty, students, and staff members), the university, and the public. These policies and practices cover research involving humans, the use of animals, controlled goods, and hazardous materials, among others.

Please note that research may not begin before all University approvals/certifications, institutional requirements, or governmental authorizations are obtained.

Individual researchers, in addition to being governed by internal policies and procedures, may be governed by external ethical guidelines imposed by professional associations such as the Canadian Psychological Association or the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as the guidelines of Canadian and other regulatory agencies, such as the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

All funded or unfunded research involving humans, animals, or controlled goods undertaken at Ryerson University facilities and conducted by Ryerson University faculty, students, and staff is subject to review and approval.


Every Thursday - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, YDI-1123, 11th floor, 1 Dundas Street West

Alternate Tuesdays - 9:30am to 11:30am
Student Learning Centre, SLC-515, 5th floor, 341 Yonge Street
January 31
February 14 & 28
March 14 & 28
April 11 & 25

Please drop in if you have any questions.
No appointment necessary.


Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation 
1 Dundas Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3

Toni Fletcher
Research Ethics Coordinator
(Ethics, Animal Care, Controlled Goods)
416-979-5000 ext. 7112

Zakiya Atcha
Research Ethics Coordinator
416-979-5000 ext. 4841

Jeff D'Souza
Research Ethics Coordinator
416-979-5000 ext. 3494

Lynn Lavallée, Ph.D.
Chair, Research Ethics Board
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
416-979-5000 ext. 4791

Patrizia Albanese, Ph.D.
Vice Chair, Research Ethics Board
Professor of Sociology
416-979-5000 ext. 6526 

Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board (REB) approves, rejects, proposes modifications to, or terminates any proposed or ongoing research involving humans that is conducted by faculty, staff, or undergraduate students of the university so as to protect research subjects and ensure that research is conducted in an ethical manner. No research on humans shall be undertaken without the prior approval of the REB.

The REB shall:

  • Interpret and apply the Tri Council Policy Statement and relevant legislation.
  • Establish guidelines and procedures consistent with the Tri Council Policy Statement and relevant legislation.
  • Facilitate research by consulting with and assisting researchers.

Lynn Lavallée

School of Social Work (Faculty of Community Services)



Toni Fletcher REB Coordinator
Zakiya Atcha REB Coordinator
Jeff D'Souza REB Coordinator
Amy Desjarlais
Aboriginal Research (Social Science)
Restiani Andriati Digital Media (Digital Media)
Chris Macdonald Ethicist (Law and Business)
Joanne DiNova First Nation/Inuit/Metis Representative (Professional Communications)
Sean Hillier
Graduate Student (Policy Studies)
Asher Alkoby

Legal Expertise (Business Management)

Nazanin Ayon Criminology
Sumit Bhatia Digital Media
Taissa Pavliuc Nurse
Scott Gavura Pharmacologist
Alexandra Fiocco Arts (Psychology)
ShiKui Wu Ted Rogers School of Management (Information Technology Management)
Kristyn Scott Ted Rogers School of Management (Organizational Behaviour)
Chris Macdonald Ted Rogers School of Management (Business Ethics)
Sari Graben
Ted Rogers School of Management (Law)
Aurelia DiSanto Community Services (Early Childhood Education)
Joanne DiNova Communication and Design (Professional Communications)
Bernie Murray Communication and Design (Fashion)
Susan Preston Community Services (Social Work)
Richard Meldrum Community Services (OCC Health and Safety)
Lauren Wirtzfeld
Science (Physics)
Sarah Sabatinos Science (Biomedical Physics)
Vacant Engineering and Architectural Science
Patrizia Albanese

Graduate Studies (Sociology)

Todd Girard Graduate Studies (Psychology)
Sean Hillier Graduate Student (Policy Studies)
Eno Hysi Graduate Student  
Fand Pesteh Undergraduate Student
Alexandra Pavliuc Undergraduate Student