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Principle Investigator

Sepali Guruge (PI) is a Professor and the Research Chair in Urban Health of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. She is known in Canada and internationally for her work in the area of family violence throughout the migration trajectory, and was chosen (in 2014) as part of the Royal Society of Canada’s inaugural cohort of College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is also Director of the Centre for Global Health and Health Equity, and Co- Lead of the Nursing Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children. This project builds on her previous work including an intervention study with 2000 immigrants from East, South, and South East Asian communities in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.


Alphabetical order

Usha George, PhD

Usha George (Co-investigator) is the Interim Vice President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University. She worked extensively with a number of newcomer communities on their settlement and integration experiences in Canada. She has contributed to a common understanding of settlement needs and processes, accounting for the diversity of newcomer backgrounds, and made a case for practice-based models of settlement service delivery. Along with Tsang, she has developed a cross cultural model for clinical practice with diverse populations. She and Guruge were Co-PIs on their project funded by the ON Ministry of Health and Long Term Care on developing a Multicultural Health Applied Research Network consisting of community organizations and academics throughout ON.

Guida Man (Co-investigator) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, York University. She is a member of the Graduate Department, and a faculty associate at the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR), and York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR). Her research intersects immigration and transnationalism, immigrant families and communities, and women and work in the context of global economic restructuring, with a gender, race, and class analysis. She has published extensively in her areas of expertise, including her most recent edited volume with R. Cohen entitled Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work. and Identity, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015.

Guida Man, PhD


Atsuko Matsuoka (Co-investigator), Associate Professor, School of Social Work, York University, has been working with Japanese-Canadian, Eritrean-Canadian and South Asian-Canadian communities for over 20 years. Her work with Japanese-Canadian older adults helped to develop understanding of intersectional oppression and using a social constructionist-based participatory ethnographic approach she has worked with diaspora groups in Canada – immigrants and refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia, in particular. She has long worked with the Japanese-Canadian community and social service agencies focusing on developing appropriate services to counter aspects of intersectional oppression. Matsuoka has helped Japanese older adults to build their own capacity and create their support group, and they will be an important community resource for this project. Matsuoka also brings in her long-standing connections with the Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) to this project.

Atsuko Matsuoka, PhD

Project Lead

Souraya Sidani (Co-investigator) is Professor in the School of Nursing at Ryerson University and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Health Interventions Design and Evaluation. She is known internationally for her work and has written extensively on the topic including several books. She is also Co-Director of the International Institute of Theory-based Interventions. Her career demonstrates her expertise and, equally importantly, her record of supervising graduate students. Sidani has been PI of a range of multisite studies in Canada and the U.S. 

Souraya Sidani, PhD

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