About the SRU

The SRU was created in July 2009 to consolidate, mobilize and expand CRICH’s considerable survey research capabilities and expertise. Our mission is to provide high quality and efficient research and evaluation services to the health and social science community.

Research Focus

Some of ours recent projects explore the subjects of housing, violence, quality of life, access to healthcare, health policy, health equity, community engagement, program satisfaction, among others.

Our Clients

The Unit’s clientele is mainly researchers and program development staff, based in hospitals, universities, research centres and third sector organizations.

We strive to develop a close and collaborative relationship with our clients through regular meetings and project management reports. Click here for more information on past projects and clients.

SRU Team

Our team is passionate about data collection and data quality. The SRU team has over 20 staff members, who speak more than 15 languages.




 SRU Core Team


Tatiana Dowbor SRU Manager

Unit Lead

Tatiana Dowbor is the Survey Research Unit Lead. Dr. Dowbor brings to the Unit a PhD in Public Health and expertise in primary data collection, research design and program evaluation. Her research interests lie within social determinants of health, health equity, immigrant health and research methodology.





Cheryl Pedersen Research Project Manager

Research Project Manager

Cheryl Pedersen is the Research Project Manager for multiple projects within the Survey Research Unit. She manages the relationship with a variety of research partners and investigators. She has championed the Unit’s protocol development in the areas of interview management, qualitative research, and instrument and data management. Cheryl brings to the Unit over 10 years of research management experience in the health care industry and has a particular interest in the social determinants of health and health equity.




Paula Smith Reserch Coordinator

Research Coordinator

Paula Smith is the main coordinator for two large longitudinal research studies managed by the Unit. She coordinates several Research Assistants, making sure everyone is equipped to perform quality work. She has been a leader in the areas of recruitment and research safety; helping to shape several SRU protocols. Paula also brings to the unit over 5 years of research experience implementing both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and a Master Degree in Social Work. Paula’s research interests lie within the social determinants of health, homelessness and HIV/AIDS, and social housing.



Alexandra Carasco-Lee Research Coordinator

Research Coordinator

Alexandra Carrasco-Lee helps coordinate multiple SRU projects. She is the SRU expert on recruitment database development and computer assisted survey programing. Alex Champions the SRU Information Technology Functional Area and has developed several IT protocols for the Unit. Alex also brings to the Unit more than 5 years of research experience and exceptional attention to detail, applied to make sure the SRU projects are delivering superior quality data. Alex’s research interests lie within the use of applied technology, as well as, gender, addiction and offenders studies.



Kimberly Devotta Research Coordinator

Research Coordinator

Kimberly Devotta is a research coordinator in the SRU. She currently coordinates a mix of qualitative and quantitative projects, including projects that work with Delphi methodology, time-location sampling and cross sectional surveys. Kim has developed training manuals and methodology reports for the unit, helping shape best practices for data collection.  She has a Master’s in Geography and brings to the SRU a research background in patient experience of cancer care and children’s environmental health. Her current research interests are in the geography of health care and health behavior theories.



Research Coordinator

Research Coordinator

Tanya Ricci is the main coordinator for a large randomized controlled trial managed by the Unit. She specializes in recruitment, primary data collection, participant management and project planning. Tanya has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and brings to the Unit over 7 years’ research experience. Her current research interests lie within the social determinants of health, particularly housing, poverty and mental health.