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Research InfoSource names University of Regina Research University of the Year in the undergraduate university category

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: December 8, 2020 12:00 a.m.

University of Regina named Research University of the Year in the undergraduate university category by Research InfoSource
University of Regina named Research University of the Year in the undergraduate university category by Research InfoSource Photo: U of R Photography

The University of Regina has been named the Research University of the Year in the undergraduate university category by Research Infosource, a leading source of ranking information on research and development in Canada.

Based on six different categories, the designation is awarded to the university that demonstrates superior performance on key measures of research success.

Dr. Thomas Chase, President and Vice-Chancellor, says it’s an honour for the University of Regina to be recognized nationally for its diverse and vibrant research enterprise.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for the University of Regina, and, in particular, for our dedicated, innovative researchers. These scholars – including graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members at varying stages of their careers – demonstrate tremendous commitment and creativity in their fields of enquiry. Their work is a source of pride at our University, and makes important social and economic contributions in Canada and beyond.”

Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Vice-President (Research), says research at the U of R is thriving thanks to the institution’s researchers, who are among Canada’s best and brightest. 

“Our researchers are making important discoveries that are contributing the well-being of people and the planet. They are successfully competing for millions of dollars in funding, and their scholarship is routinely having a positive impact on communities at home and abroad,” says McNutt. 

McNutt points to the University’s world-leading mental health research as one of the signature areas that’s making a difference in lives of people across the country.

“Over the last decade, psychology professor Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos and her team at the U of R’s Online Therapy Unit have been involved in the research, education, and free delivery of internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT),” says McNutt. “Ranging from the well-being of university students, to an alcohol change course, to offerings for those with chronic health conditions, including chronic pain, Hadjistavropulos and her team are dedicated to and focused on helping people achieve better mental health.”

McNutt says another example of the strides University researchers are making in the field of mental health research is exemplified in the work of Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton. The psychology professor and scientific director of the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment was recently awarded the Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research, which is awarded annually to an outstanding rising star researcher in the field of mental health to recognize, encourage, and support them as they pursue their research interests and goals.

“Dr. Carleton’s work to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries among public safety personnel is helping to break new ground in understanding the effects of psychological trauma on public safety personnel health and well-being.”

Finally, McNutt highlights some of the successful community-based research projects that University scholars are engaged in.

“Sociologist Dr. Amber Fletcher is working to help address isolation in older adults during the pandemic, particularly those living in rural areas where the isolation is more prevalent,” says McNutt. “Similarly, Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, an associate professor in educational psychology and counselling, is developing a community support network for isolated Elders in our Indigenous communities.”

McNutt says, “Ultimately it’s the drive of the more than 400 University of Regina researchers that has led to this Research InfoSource ranking and I couldn’t be more proud of our community.”

Research InfoSource examines several factors when ranking its Research Universities of the Year. Criteria involved in the decision includes the total amount of sponsored research funding received, research intensity per faculty (total research income per faculty member), research intensity per graduate student (total research income per graduate student), total number of publications, publication intensity, and publication impact.

"University research excellence is the product of excellent researchers and their research, together with outstanding research leadership. Congratulations to the University of Regina on your success this year," says Ron Freedman, chief executive officer of Research Infosource Inc.

As part of the #1 ranking, the University of Regina will be recognized in national newspapers and publications – including the National Post and University Affairs magazine – in January 2021.

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