Projects We Support

Current Researcher Funded Projects

Online Therapy Unit

OnlineTherapyUSER (OTU) - is an online platform that provides effective clinical treatment programs to individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. Participants in the program complete modules, and receive one-on-one support through online messaging. The OTU also trains graduate students and therapists in the delivery of internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy, and conducts multidisciplinary research.

Working with the OTU serves as an excellent example for the Research & Information Technology Support Team to the University of Regina's research community.

Executive Director: Dr. Heather Hadjistavropolous


As part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan on Post-traumatic Stress Injuries, this project is developing an Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) program for Public Safety Personnel (PSP) to provide service to all members suffering from challenges related to depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress.

Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety

The Canadian Institute for Public Safety research and Training (CIPSRT) is a national network operating within the governance structure of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina that responds to the urgent needs of the Tri-Services and Public Safety sector to provide the best practical scientific evidence that will lead to real and imminent positive impact on the mental health of all public safety personnel.


Taking offline program content, the Research & Information Technology Support Team digitized Post-traumatic Stress Injury training materials for Public Safety Personnel (PSP) into an interactive, accessible online platform. This process involved construction of a Moodle-based course involving custom plugins focusing on an Emotional Resiliency training course.

Beyond Child Sponsorship

A global action tackle box that provides the materials and tools to examine and reflect upon current beliefs about, and understandings of child sponsorship (CS). The contents of this tackle box are drawn from a research study which aimed to “move beyond CS” by cultivating a deeper understanding and critique of CS and to explore alternative critical and justice-oriented actions.

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Kathleen Nolan, Professor, Faculty of Education


Past Projects

Social Media Analysis

Vista (Visual Twitter Analytics) is a research project focusing on the development of visual analytics tools that support the exploration of temporally changing topics and sentiment within Twitter. The Research & Information Technology Support Team developed a proof-of-concept to re-engineer the existing data collection backend and visualization platform.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Orland Hoeber, Professor, Department of Computer Science

Pain Prediction and Facial Recognition

The Research & Information Technology Support Team assisted the Pain and Aging Lab (PAL) in the Health and Psychology Laboratory to integrate hardware components with a facial recognition algorithm to conduct pain predictions from facial features in real time. This assisted with the PAL’s goal to ‘See Pain More Clearly’ and develop proof-of-concept materials for future developments and implementation of applied products.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas Hadjistravopolous, Professor, Department of Psychology

Biomass and Individual Tree Detection

Healthy forests involve complex interactions between many organisms, and new, novel techniques are being applied to solve large, long-standing questions in ecology. Working with the Forestry Dynamics Lab, the Research & Information Technology Support Team was able to consolidate and strengthen existing code to form a robust program that could be repeatedly employed for yearly surveys to conduct individual tree detection and calculate biomass using several machine learning algorithms.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark Vanderwel, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology