Feature Stories

The University of Regina believes it is important to recognize and value different types of research and research impact. We have adopted the framework proposed by the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences describing five areas where research has impact and the types of indicators that may be used to identify impact:

  • Scholarship that can be measured using indicators such as: bibliometric indicators; downloads from Open Access repositories; acknowledgements and other recognition as deemed appropriate; prizes and awards; reputation as measured by survey; post-publication peer-review (book reviews, dedicated symposia); and, juried exhibitions and performances.

  • Capacity through teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels that can be measured using indicators such as: number and quality of experiential learning/ research opportunities for students; surveys of students and alumni; employer surveys; integration of research as a learning outcome in courses.

  • Economy that can be measured using indicators such as: advisory roles and board memberships; revenue opportunities and cost savings in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors resulting from research applied in practice; income derived from patents, patent licensing, copyright and trademarks; and, consulting contracts.

  • Society and Culture that can be measured using indicators such as: number and quality of partnerships between researchers and community groups; requests for consultancy/advice from community groups; media coverage of research (newspapers/ TV/ online); requests for media appearances; engagement of the public at events; research-related social media; and, public use of research-based resources on social and cultural issues.

  • Practice and Policy that can be measured using indicators such as: invitations to participate as an expert witness, an advisor, on an expert panel or committee; citations in government documents; consulting for governments or think-tanks; and, commissioned reports, public policy documents and input.

Check out vignettes and feature stories describing University of Regina research that has impact.


Professor gets Innovation Award for senior care research

Shanthi Johnson, Kinesiology and Health Studies, was the recipient of the 2016 Award of Innovation. The award is sponsored by Innovation Place and is given each year as part of the Regina Chamber of Commerce’s Paragon Awards, which celebrate the city’s most outstanding businesses. The Innovation Award recognizes original research that has the potential to create substantive societal benefits.

Computer science professor is named a top young scholar

Sandra Zilles (Computer Science) was named one of the top young scholars in Canada and is one of 80 incoming members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Zilles holds a Canada Research Chair in Computational Learning Theory.

Professor ranked among most cited researchers

Dr. Yiyu Yao, a Computer Science professor at the University of Regina is ranked among top 1 per cent of the most cited researchers in his subject field for 2015.

l-r) Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research) U of R with Dr. Shanthi Johnson, professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Ken Loeppky, VP & COO, Innovation Place.

Professor gets Innovation Award for senior care research


The University of Regina’s department of Computer Science partnered with ISM Canada with the aim of reducing crime in streets. The data mining and visualization system will be an important tool to support crime-reduction programs.A group of interns supported by the Mitacs Accelerate program were integral to the project. The Mitacs Accelerate program facilitates experiential learning and builds capacity by matching a graduate student with a supervising professor and a partner organization.

SaskPower hosts grad students for carbon capture research camp

The BHP Billiton SaskPower Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre hosted 49 graduate, PhD and post-doctorate students from 17 countries to the 10th annual International Energy Agency Green House Gas (IEAGHG) Summer School at the University of Regina.

Interns on the Mitacs Accelerate project team, supervised by U of R Professor Howard Hamilton (centre). From left to right: Zhi Cao, Mehdi Sadeqi, Manali Gaikwad, Howard Hamilton, Imran Jahan, Khantil Patel, and Rahim Samei.

Big data could help to reduce crime in Saskatchewan


Ministry of Health invests in mental health

Few people have not been directly or indirectly touched by anxiety and depression. And though treatable, many people remain untreated or under-treated for reasons that include limited access to care because of rural and remote locations, long wait times due to a shortage of providers, time and mobility constrictions and/or concerns about privacy. Heather Hadjistavropoulos (Arts) and her team are showing that internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) is convenient and importantly, effective in reducing the unnecessary suffering caused by anxiety and depression.

Online electricity auction on the horizon

Dr. Samira Sadaoui, professor of computer science at the University of Regina, together with a graduate student, Shubhashis Shil, designed online auction software that allows for the buying and selling of electricity that is completely different from anything on the electricity market today. The system will  be attractive to industry. CBC News article.

(l to r) Clinical psychology students Michael Edmonds and Joelle Soucy working with Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos in the Online Therapy Unit at the U of R.

Ministry of Health invests in mental health

Society and Culture

Science and suds deliver University research to the people

Josef Buttigieg, Biology and Nuelle Novik, Social Work gave a presentation titled “Your Aging Brain: Why We Forget What We Are Talking About” at the Health Sciences Pub held at the Bushwakker Brewpub on May 19. Drs. Buttigieg and Novik talked about the implications of the aging brain from both the basis biomedical perspective and the social health perspective.

Canadian study to examine scope of PTSD among public-safety workers

The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research (CIPSRT), an organization at the University of Regina, will analyze the PTSD and other occupational stress injuries rates among Canadian safety workers.The study was featured nationally in an article in The Globe and Mail.

Showcasing the value of aging-related research

The Centre on Aging and Health’s contributions to improving health care for Saskatchewan’s seniors are among the highlights in Impacting Seniors’ Health – The Value of Aging-Related Research in Saskatchewan, a publication produced by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). UofR researchers listed in the publication include: Dr. Abigail Wickson-Griffiths from the Faculty of Nursing; Dr. Bonnie Jeffery, from the Faculty of Social Work in the Prince Albert Campus, Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos from the Faculty of Arts, and Dr. John Barden, Dr. Darren Candow, Dr. Rebecca Genoe, Dr. David Malloy and Dr. Shanthi Johnson all from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Health Sciences North Research Institute.

Dr. Josef Buttigieg, seated (l) with members of his research team. Buttigieg presents his research at the Health Science Pub series at Bushwakker Brewpub.

Science and suds deliver University research to the people

Practice and Policy

Research examines successes and challenges of the mentally ill in our court system

Dr. Michelle Stewart, associate professor in Justice Studies and Brittany Mario, graduate student are conducting research that examines the progress and challenges faced by the Mental Health Disposition Court, established by Regina Provincial Court in 2013. Research shows the court has achieved some success in diverting individuals out of correctional facilities and provides recommendations to improve the system.

New research shows impact of foundations on charitable organizations

Iryna Khovrenkov is conducting research to provide insight into how Canadian foundations can affect social change. She is part of a team that received three-year funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada to develop a body of scientific knowledge about Canadian grant-making foundations. Through her efforts to develop connections and learn more about Regina’s grantmaking foundation sector, Khovrenkov was asked by the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) to work with them on their Regina Area Vital Signs Report for 2016.

MPs urge Ottawa to help first responders with PTSD

Dr. Nicholas Carleton provided input to the report to the House of Commons as an expert witness. The unanimous report urges the federal government to create a national strategy for PTSD and operational stress injuries.

Dr. Michelle Stewart (l), associate professor in Justice Studies with Brittany Mario, graduate student.

Research examines successes and challenges of the mentally ill in our court system