Dr. Sepali Guruge is a Professor and the Research Chair in Urban Health at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. Dr. Guruge obtained her education in Sri Lanka, the former Soviet Union, and Canada. She focused her doctoral dissertation in Nursing at the University of Toronto on the influence of gender, racial, social, and economic inequalities on the production of and responses to intimate male partner violence in the post-migration context. Her post-doctoral work at the University of Western Ontario examined the effects of intimate partner violence on women's health. Both her doctoral and post-doctoral studies were supported by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowships. Dr. Guruge's nursing experience includes practice, teaching, research...[Read More]
Sepali Guruge, RN, PhD
Current Research Staff
Ernest Leung, BA(s)
Ernest Leung is currently an undergraduate student in the English and the French Departments at the University of Toronto. His research interests surround feminist, socialist/Marxist, and (post-)colonial literatures and theories, particularly in the field of Asian world literature. He is interested in investigating ways in rocess of identity formation, resistance, and cultural change.
Vathsala Jayasuriya, MD, PhD
Dr. Vathsala Jayasuriya is a Consultant Community Physician in Sri Lanka and a former Senior Lecturer in Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardene. Dr. Illesinghe has led/collaborated on a number of research projects focused on examining the prevalence, risk factors, and responses to inimate partner violence against women. She has received several awards/orations for her work in Sri Lanka. She served as the Chairperson of the Expert Committee on Women's Health at the Sri Lanka Medical Association, as a mentor of the South Asian Network to address Masculinities (SANAM) and has also worked with the WHO international network of Violence Against Women (VAW) researchers.
Souhail Boutmira, MA(c)
Souhail Boutmira is currently working as Research Assistant at Ryerson University as a member of Dr. Sepali Guruge research staff. He graduated from McMaster University with a Masters in Globalization and Human Condition. His research interest focuses on securitization and global migration; specifically, South/North movements and the impact on migrants’ well-being. He is currently working on a project that aims to study risk factors that lead to older immigrants’ abuse with the objective to prepare preventive interventions. Souhail conducts research applying both qualitative and quantitative methods with an expertise in SPSS data analysis as well as thematic analysis.
HeeJin Zhou, MSc
HeeJin Zhou received a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Neuroscience from Queen’s University and has completed a Master of Health Science Education at McMaster University. She is a dedicated education researcher with a strong passion for promoting program accessibility in higher education. Her research interests include learner resilience, diversity and inclusion, and professional identity formation.
Parvathy Kanthasamy, PhD
Dr. Parvathy Kathasamy has been involved in community-based research projects for over 30 years. She is an avid advocate for immigrants' and refugees' rights in Toronto. She is the Founder and current Director of Vasantham, A Tamil Wellness Centre that has been serving the Tamil community in the Greater Toronto Area for over 20 years. Dr. Kanthasamy has received numerous awards that honour her works. She obtained her PhD in Linguistics from Monash University, Australia.
Hasina Amanzai, MScN
Hasina Amanzai is a lecturer at the Daphne Cockwell School of nursing and Yeates School of Graduate Studies Nurse Practitioner Program. Hasina has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University and a Master of Nursing -Nurse Practitioner degree with Global Health focus. She is currently practicing as an acute care (Emergency) and primary care nurse practitioner. Hasina’s research interests are in the areas of women's health, immigrant population, and well being of the elderly. She is currently working with Dr. Sepali Guruge as a research assistant and conducting research on social distancing among immigrant populations in the GTA within the context of Covid-19.
Sara Sadeghi, BSc(s)
Sara Sadeghi is a Biomedical Science student at Ryerson University. Her research interests include health related topics such as palliative care, elder caregiver support, home care, and the needs of immigrants and newcomers. In the future, she wishes to pursue a medical degree and to explore more research topics.
Manzu Man Ara, MEd, MAcc
Manzu Man Ara is has finished her Master degrees in Accounting from University of Dhaka and Master of Education (Thesis Group) from Monash University, Australia. Back home she was Assistant professor in a Government College, Bangladesh. Currently, she is working with TNO- The Neighbourhood Organization as a Community Resource Worker and Admin. She also worked as a trainer and researcher of School Based and Assessment in Bagladesh.
She is a Bengoly poem, article and story writer. She writes poems in News paper, Books and Magazines. She published few books in Begoly. She was engaged with many research projects as an editor, interviewer, translator, research assistant, group leader and data researcher.
Simona Kolarova, MA
Simona Kolarova is an artist, educator and researcher, who has worked in Canada and abroad. Her research looks at the phenomenology of multilingualism and cross-cultural references. Simona has also been developing projects integrating visual art and second language teaching. Simona holds a Settlement Counselor position at TNO – The Neiborhood Organization where she helps newcomers to Canada understand their rights and responsibilities and find the programs and services they need.
James Valenciano, MScN
James Valenciano has a master of nursing degree from Ryerson University. His research interests include virtual healthcare, health informatics, and how these can help promote healthcare access among marginalized populations. He currently works as a geriatric clinical nurse specialist at the Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, ON, and he also works as a nurse clinician at Dialogue, a virtual healthcare platform based out of Montreal, QC.
Nirmalan Kaththalingam, MD
Dr. Nirmalan Kaththalingam is a father of two kids and has interest in travelling. He obtained his Medical degree in Sri Lanka. There he involved in primary health care research. He completed a post graduate Diploma in Clinical Research with Honors here in Canada. His research interests include community health and mental health.
Previous Research Staff
Mandeep Kaur Sharma Research Assistant 2018
Martha Cedeno Research Assistant 2018
Berenice Chavez Research Assistant 2018
Abinet Gebreegziabher Research Assistant 2018
Selasi Dorkenoo Research Assistant 2018
Deon Castello Research Assistant 2018
Stephanie Pietrantonio Research Assistant 2018
Daniela Maldonado Castaneda Research Assistant 2018
Abeer Omar Research Associate 2018
Christine Soobin Lee Research Assistant 2018
Kristina Hyunjee Lee Research Assistant 2018
Haya Umar Research Assistant 2018
Shine Jiyoun Chung Project Manager 2018
Thuvaraka Rajaratnam Research Assistant 2018
Matthew Maelzer Research Assistant 2018
Sen Wang Research Assistant 2018
Mairead Cavanagh Research Assistant 2018
Mia Hershkowitz Research Coordinator 2017-2019
Rajini Tarcicus Research Assistant 2017
Anupam Aery Research Assistant 2017
Parthiban Vadivelu Research Assistant 2017
Cajaani Velautham Research Assistant 2017
Ssad El Hakmi Research Assistant 2017-2019
Younglee Ha Research Assistant 2017
Radamis Zaky Research Assistant 2017
Cindy Ou Research Assistant 2017-2018
Carlos Enrique Pardo Research Assistant 2017
Guanglong Pang Research Assistant 2017
Paola Ortiz Research Assistant 2017
Ivy Li Research Assistant 2017-2018
Mari Kozak Research Assistant 2017-2018
Laura Hogarth Research Assistant 2017
Dayana Gonzalez Research Assistant 2017
Hector Goldar Perrote Research Assistant 2017
Lodi Awad Research Assistant 2017
Abir Al Jamal Research Assistant 2017
Catherine Maule Research Coordinator 2017-2018
Ahmad Kanji Research Assistant 2017
Nicole Jeffery Research Assistant 2016
Micheline Jackson Research Assistant 2016
Kristian Piraino Research Assistant 2016
Udit Bhandari Research Assistant 2016
Chantel Spade Research Assistant 2015
Laura Zahreddine Research Assistant 2015
Mary Wei Research Assistant 2015
Mainka Tandon Research Assistant 2015
Patricia Julian Research Assistant 2015
Sayani Paul Research Assistant 2015
Birpreet Saini Research Assistant 2014-2015
Maria Bernard Research Assistant 2014-2015
Melanie Selvadurai Research Assistant 2014-2015
William Moo Research Assistant 2014-2015
Sadaf Grace Seifi Research Assistant 2014-2015
Arthur Ze Yu Wang Research Coordinator 2014-2018
Melissa Giacomini Research Assistant 2014-2015
Sathiya Sivahurunathan Research Assistant 2014
Chee-Mei Chan Research Assistant 2014
Alexandra Machacek Research Assistant 2014
Hissan Butt Research Assistant 2013-2014
Shamette Hepburn Research Assistant 2013-2014
Valerie Molina Research Assistant 2013
Ferzana Chaze Research Assistant 2013
Mary Susan Thompson Project Manager 2011-2014
Nigel Kingwell Research Assistant 2011-2012
Jasmine Kwong Research Assistant 2011
Frederica Gomes Research Assistant 2011
Kimberly Bryce Research Assistant 2010-2011
Chula Madamage Research Assistant 2011