Tracey O'Sullivan


Tracey O'Sullivan
Full Professor

2002, Ph.D., Exercise Sciences (Exercise Psychology/ Physiology), Queen's University
1997, M.A., Sport ans Exercise Studies (Specialization: Health Promotion), University of Victoria
1989, B.A./BPHE, Physical & Health Education (minor: Psychology), Queen's University

Room: THN 213
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 8898
Fax: (613) 562-5632
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Tracey O'Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Ottawa. She obtained her masters degree from the University of Victoria and her PhD from Queen's University. She worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Ottawa's Institute of Population Health, prior to starting her faculty appointment in 2007. Tracey's research program focuses on support mechanisms to promote health and resilience in conditions of high personal, occupational and community stress, with particular emphasis on building capacity for emergency management through community engagement, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and strengthening of critical social infrastructure. She is the lead investigator for The EnRiCH Project, which is a community-based participatory research project focused on enhancing resilience and preparedness among high risk populations, using a functional capabilities framework. In 2009, Tracey received the Faculty of Health Sciences Excellence in Education award, for recognition of excellence in teaching and research. In 2012 she received an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation in recognition for her work on Salutogenic Indicators for Organizational Resilience.


Research Interests

  • Resilience and psychosocial stressors
  • Family caregiving for persons with Dementia or recovering from stroke
  • Occupational supports for employed family caregivers and essential service personnel
  • Emergency preparedness and resilience-oriented interventions to reduce vulnerability
  • Disaster response and high risk populations

Recent Publications

  • O'Sullivan, T.L., Corneil, W., Kuziemsky, C.E. & Toal-Sullivan, D. (2014). Use of the Structured Interview Matrix to Enhance Community Resilience Through Collaboration and Inclusive Engagement, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, DOI: 10.1002/sres.2250
  • Fahim, C., O'Sullivan T., Lane, D. (2014). Supports for Health and Social Service Providers from Canada Responding to the Disaster in Haiti. PLOS Currents Disasters. Edition 1. doi: 10.1371/currents.dis.8821e785b58ec43043c7e46c82885409.
  • Lemyre, L. & O'Sullivan, T.L. in Kapucu, N., Hawkins, C.V. & Rivera, F.I. (Eds) (2013). Enhancing community resilience: A matter of multi-level framework, mixed methods, and multi-sectoral tools (Chapter 13), Disaster Resiliency: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, New York: Routledge, 271-290.
  • O'Sullivan, T.L., Kuziemsky, C.E., Toal-Sullivan, D. & Corneil, W. (2012) Unraveling the complexities of disaster management: A framework for social infrastructure to promote population health and resilience, Social Science & Medicine.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Ghazzawi, A, Stanek, A, & Lemyre, L. (2012) We don't have a back-up plan: An exploration of family contingency planning following stroke, Social Work in Health Care. 51, 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2012.681539
  • Kuziemsky, C., O'Sullivan, T., & Corneil, W. (2012). An upstream-downstream approach for disaster management information systems design, Proceedings of the ISCRAM Conference, Vancouver, BC, April 2012,
  • Falconi, M., Fahim, C. & O'Sullivan, T. (2012). Protecting and supporting high risk populations in pandemic: Drawing from experiences with Influenza A (H1N1), International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 5(3).
  • Levac, J., Toal-Sullivan, D., O'Sullivan, T.L. (2011). Household emergency preparedness: A literature review, Journal of Community Health, published online October 2011.
  • Phillips, K.P., O'Sullivan, T.L., Dow, D., & Amaratunga, C. (2011). Infectious respiratory disease outbreaks and pregnancy: Occupational health and safety concerns of Canadian nurses. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 26(2), 114-121.
  • O'Sullivan, T. & Bourgoin, M. (2010). Vulnerability in influenza pandemic: Looking beyond medical risk, Literature review prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada as a background paper for a national consultation meeting on pandemic planning. Available at:
  • O'Sullivan, T.L., Fortier, M., Faubert, C., Culver, D., Blanchard, C., Reid, R. & Hogg, W. (2010) Interdisciplinary Physical Activity Counseling in Primary Care: A Qualitative Inquiry of the Patient Experience, Journal of Health Psychology, 15(3), 362-372.
  • O'Connor, E., O'Sullivan, T., Amaratunga, C., Thille, P., Phillips, K.P., Carter, M., & Lemyre, L. (2009) Risk Communication with Nurses during Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Learning from SARS, Journal of Emergency Management, 7(5), 48-56.
  • O'Sullivan, T.L., Amaratunga, C.A., Phillips, K.P., Corneil, W., O'Connor, E., Lemyre, L., & Dow, D. (2009). If Schools Are Closed, Who Will Watch Our Kids? ... Family Caregiving and Other Sources of Role Conflict Among Nurses During Large Scale Outbreaks. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 24(4), 321-325.
  • O'Sullivan, T.L. (2009). Support for Families Coping With Stroke or Dementia: Special Consideration for Emergency Management, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 134(3-4), 197-201.
  • O'Sullivan, T.L., Dow, D., Turner, M.C., Lemyre, L., Corneil, W., Krewski, D., Phillips, K.P. & Amaratunga, C.A. (2008). Disaster and Emergency Management: Canadian Nurses' Perceptions of Preparedness on Hospital Front Lines. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 23(3), s11-s18.
  • O'Sullivan, T.L., Amaratunga, C., Hardt, J., Gibson, D., Phillips, K., & Corneil, W. (2007). Are We Ready? Evidence of Support Mechanisms for Canadian Health Care Workers in Multi-Jurisdictional Emergency Planning, Canadian Journal of Public Health, 98(5), 358-363.
  • Amaratunga, C.A., O'Sullivan, T.L., Phillips, K.P., Lemyre, L., O'Connor, E., Corneil, W., & Dow, D. (2007) Ready, aye Ready? Support Mechanisms for Healthcare Workers in Emergency Planning: A Critical Gap Analysis of Three Hospital Emergency Plans, Journal of Emergency Management, 5(4)23-28.
  • Amaratunga, C.A. & O'Sullivan, T.L. (2006). In the Path of Disasters: Psychosocial Issues for Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 21(3), 149-155.
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