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University of Ottawa

School of Psychology

136 Jean-Jacques Lussier, Vanier Hall 2076B

Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5


Research Interests

Neuroimmunology, Neuroendocrinology, Stress, Sex differences, Mental Health, Neuroinflammation, Gut microbiome, Gut-Brain axis


Topics to speak on:

Impact of stress during puberty and adolescence; Is stress bad?; How does our nutrition impact our mental health?; How can we prevent cognitive decline?; What is depression and how can we prevent it?


Nafissa Ismail is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and the holder of a University Research Chair in Stress and Mental Health. She obtained her PhD from Concordia University in 2009. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts and joined the University of Ottawa in 2012. Her research expertise is in Neuroimmunology and Neuroendocrinology. She was recently awarded Young Researcher of Year by the University of Ottawa and Early Researcher Award by the province of Ontario. She is also a member of the Global Young Academy.


University Research Chair in Stress and Mental Health (2018)

Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation and Science (2018)

Young Researcher of the Year Award (2017)

Young Researcher Award (2017)