The Research Team


Mental Health Research Team at The Royal!


Yeshambel Nigatu, Post-doctoral Fellow

Yeshambel Nigatu is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Royal Institute of Mental health Research, University of Ottawa. Dr.Nigatu completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Dr. Nigatu did his thesis regarding the relationship between Obesity and depression, and their joint effects on functioning and well-being. Dr. Nigatu is a recipient of Hotchkiss Brain Institue/Mathison fellowship of the University of Calgary, CIHR’s planning and meeting grant, Innovation fund, and top publication awards. He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed articles.  Dr. Nigatu’s research is focusing on prevention of depression in the workplace and developing interventions for return to work in individuals with mental illness. He enjoys playing soccer, ice skating, and swimming.


Molly Nannarone, Research Coordinator

Molly completed her BA in Psychology at McMaster University. After that, she spent several years traveling in Canada and overseas in Asia. She then went on to complete a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Victoria, where she focused on social policy and mental health. She did research at several organizations in Toronto, before moving to Ottawa and working at the Royal. In her spare time, Molly enjoys skiing, camping and travelling. 


Chelsea Noël. Research Assistant

Chelsea has always been passionate about the field of psychology and the impact of mental illness, leading her to enrol in the Honors Bachelors of Science program with a specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She has recently earned her Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation. She currently works as a research assistant at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Mental Health Research Work and Mental Health Unit. While her current research lies in the field of psychiatric epidemiology, the early identification and prevention of mood and anxiety disorders, and workplace mental health, her undergraduate thesis examined the cognitive effects of an adjunct psychotherapy for Schizophrenia. Chelsea’s primary research interests include preventative care and treatment, cognition, and adjunct mental health treatment outcomes. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking coffee and being a tourist.


Emily Warner. MSc Cand.

Emily completed her B.Sc in Neuroscience and Mental Health from Carleton University, with a minor in Psychology in 2018, and went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions from Dalhousie University in 2020. Emily is about to enter into her first year of a M.Sc in Epidemiology with the University of Ottawa School of Epidemiology and Community Health. Emily is particularly interested in the role of mental health literacy and health promotion on help-seeking behaviours. In her spare time, Emily enjoys playing volleyball, cooking, and travelling.



Doaa Nadouri, Research Assistant

Doaa completed her Honors BSc in bio-pharmaceutical science with a specialization in genomics at University of Ottawa. She started her experience in medical/clinical research since 2015, and recently she started working at The Royal. Thus, she gathered valuable experiences ranging from oncology and radiology to mental health, which will help her pursue her career in medical field and clinical research. In her spare time, Doaa enjoys swimming, horse riding, painting/drawing, and travelling.


Heidi Eccles. Research Assistant

Heidi completed her BSc in animal biology at the University of Guelph in 2015. She then went on to complete an MSc in epidemiology at the University of Guelph in 2018 where she focussed on mixed-methods research on veterinary demographics and veterinary curriculum. After working for a year, she moved to Ottawa to start work at the Royal. In her spare time, she enjoys hang out with her two dogs Hazel and Tyson.