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Faculty of Community Services

Research chairs

Research chairs at Ryerson’s Faculty of Community Services advance new knowledge in the areas of urban health and patient-centred health interventions.

With their leadership, we are discovering new, evidence-based solutions that improve the health of individuals, families and communities.

Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Research Chair in Urban Health

Research Chair: Sepali Guruge, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

The primary purpose of this endowed chair is to develop and disseminate new knowledge in the area of urban health. More specifically, the chair has four main objectives:

  • To develop and expand an innovative program of research in urban health that can be used to inform practice, education and policy.

  • To build research capacity within the area of urban health through strategies such as providing mentorship and training to new and emerging scholars.

  • To create and maintain linkages with community partners to facilitate innovative collaborative initiatives.

  • To take leadership in establishing research teams to investigate a range of topics in urban health.
Canada Research Chair in Design and Evaluation of Patient-Centred Health Interventions (Tier 1)

Research chair: Souraya Sidani, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

As Canada Research Chair in Design and Evaluation of Patient-Centred Health Interventions, Souraya Sidani develops interventions to ensure that patients' perception of what is acceptable is incorporated into their overall treatment plan.

Sometimes getting patients to take their medicine or follow a treatment regimen is easier said than done. Even when a health intervention has been found to be effective through research, some patients refuse to use it because they see it as unacceptable or unsuitable to their condition and lifestyle.

Health care providers and researchers will be able to adapt Sidani’s strategies and methods to assess patient preferences and then provide treatment options that are consistent with these preferences. This will help motivate patients to get the help they need.