About the research team

The master’s degree in Health: Science, Technology and Policy (HSTP) brings together expertise from science, business, social sciences, arts and humanities, public administration, engineering and industrial design to focus on the broad and multi-faceted challenges facing the health sector. This pioneering program was created to meet a growing demand in the health sector for the skill set and knowledge that will be acquired in the MSc program.

Team Picture
Team picture (Left to right): Renate Ysseldyk (supervisor), Anna Tomczak, Beth Stanley, Kayla Goulet, Sabrina Ladak, Susan Braedley (supervisor), Sandy Lam



Beth Stanley completed an Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from The University of Western Ontario with a minor in Psychology, where much of her work focused on health policy and older adults. With the HSTP program, Beth has had the opportunity to explore and conduct mixed methods research for the “Through Seniors’ Eyes: Age-Friendly Communities and Quality of Life” study, in addition to a variety of independent and community-based projects in areas such as mobile health applications, safe injection sites, and access to health care. She currently works as a policy analyst at the Public Health Agency of Canada, and has previously held roles as both a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton. Her interests include the development of age-friendly communities, evidence-informed policy, the communication of health information, and interdisciplinary team work.

KaylaKayla Goulet completed an Honours Bachelor degree in the Health Sciences Program at the University of Ottawa, with a minor in Business Administration. The HSTP program has afforded her various opportunities to work within multi-disciplinary teams and conduct research on a variety of complex topics. Her work experience includes working at the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Thorncliffe Place Retirement Home, CHEO, and Health Canada. Through her academic career and work experience, she has honed important skills relating to conducting and analyzing research, and establishing responsible, evidenced-based conclusions. She is confident that her academic background, professionalism, and ambition to learn will assist her in taking on the responsibilities of a future career in research and/or policy.

SabrinaSabrina Ladak completed her undergraduate degree in the Health Management Program at York University. Throughout her educational experience, Sabrina has worked with various interdisciplinary teams to help address complex problems in Health. Her interests include topics in Social Determinants of Health, Health Promotion and Health Policy. Her work experiences include various Research Assistant positions such as with the Health Sciences Department at Carleton, the Parkinson’s and Neurodegenerative Disorders Clinic in Ottawa, and CHEO. She currently works as a Policy Analyst with the Tobacco Control Directorate at Health Canada.

Sandy Lam

Sandy Lam completed her BSc with Specialization in Pharmacology at the University of Alberta in 2008. Afterwards, she worked as a research assistant at the UofA on the application of a blue green algae byproduct in pharmaceutical compounds. In 2010, she decided to pursue the Diploma of Respiratory Therapy at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa. After graduating in 2013, she has been working as a respiratory therapist in community as well as clinical settings. During her Master’s studies at Carleton University, she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2015 C2UExpo conference, and she was the program coordinator of the Born Social Fellowship Program (2015-2016). Furthermore, she is a part-time clinical research coordinator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. In addition to the “Through Seniors’ Eyes” project, her past and on-going projects includes e-learning on non-invasive ventilation and airway management, impact of greenness on birth outcomes, and as a volunteer recruiter for the Campfire Project (a digital storytelling research project). With diverse research and project experience, she hopes it will make her a better knowledge broker, who makes knowledge more accessible, supports evidence-based decision and the development of sustainable solutions.

Anna-1Anna Tomczak completed her Honours Bachelor degree at the University of Ottawa in Biochemistry with a minor in Psychology. The HSTP program gave her the opportunity to use her science background to broaden her knowledge and her passion for health policy and research. Throughout the program she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton, performing research on various health related problems. Her most recent work on the effects of fine particulate matter on the incidence of lung cancer has recently been published in the International Journal of Cancer. Having worked as a research assistant, she is proficient at conducting literature reviews, writing grant and ethics proposals, as well as presenting findings at conferences – skills that have prepared her for future health-related research jobs.


Renate Ysseldyk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University. Her research focuses on social determinants of health, particularly among vulnerable populations (e.g., older populations, women who have experienced abuse, threatened groups or individuals).  She is interested in the influence of psychosocial factors, and especially religious group identity, on coping with stressful experiences including discrimination, identity-threatening environments, and stressors associated with aging. Renate is an affiliate member of the CHAIM Centre at Carleton.


SusanSusan Braedley (MSW, Ph.D.) is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Braedley’s research focuses on the political, economic and cultural construction of contemporary care relations and their implications for equity. Her current research takes up questions of care and aging in light of welfare state change. She is co-editor with Meg Luxton of Neoliberalism and Everyday Life (2010 McGill-Queens UP).