The Research Team


Mental Health Research Team at The Royal!




Doaa Nadouri, Research Assistant

Doaa completed her Honours BSc in bio-pharmaceutical science with a specialization in genomics at University of Ottawa. She is doing her Masters in Applied Psychology: Child and Adolescent Development, which is combined to developmental psychology doctorate. She started her clinical research experience during her undergrad, and she gathered valuable experiences ranging from radiology to mental health. In her spare time, Doaa enjoys swimming, painting/drawing, and travelling.



Shelby Vereecke, Research Assistant

Shelby completed her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa, with a minor in Psychology in 2020. Shelby went on to gain experience in the field of health research with the intention of continuing her graduated studies in epidemiology. Shelby is interested in working in the health policy and service sector of epidemiology, more specifically, pertaining to mental health. In her spare time, Shelby enjoys weightlifting, yoga, and being outdoors.



Krystina Sorensen, Research Assistant

Krystina earned a BSc in Criminology with honours and a minor in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Her studies focused on public policy reform and mental health analysis. She began her research experience during her bachelor's degree in 2018 and has maintained an interest in mental health research and policy. She has worked with community organisations such as Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services and the John Howard Society, which serve individuals with complex concurrent disorders. When she completes her master's in social work, she hopes to use all of the useful knowledge gathered from preventative research to improve mental health services. She enjoys dancing, reading psychology journals, and creating new episodes for her mini-series podcast in her spare time.



Maryse Gad, MSc Candidate

Maryse completed her Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa in 2020. She is entering her second year in the MSc Epidemiology program at the University of Ottawa. Maryse is interested in exploring the mental health of Canadian youth and young adults, with a focus on perceived and unmet mental health needs. In her spare time, she enjoys Hip-Hop dancing, reading, and biking.