Lesley A. Tarasoff is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society (University of Toronto Scarborough) and the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre (Centre for Addiction & Mental Health). She leads the qualitative component of an NIH-funded study exploring the perinatal health of women with disabilities in Ontario.

She completed her PhD at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, in summer 2018. Her doctoral research explored how women with physical disabilities experience the perinatal period and early motherhood, with an emphasis on care experiences and embodiment.

From July 2017-May 2018, she joined the Child Self-Regulation Lab at Ryerson University to contribute to an Ontario-wide evaluation of integrated treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women with problematic substance use. Since July 2010, she has been a member of the Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health team, an interdisciplinary team of LGBTQ2S+ and ally researchers who utilize community-based research approaches to explore how LGBTQ2S+ people experience health and access health services, including services that enable LGBTQ2S+ people to become parents.

Her research primarily focuses on the sexual, reproductive, perinatal, and mental health and health care experiences of women with disabilities and sexual minority women.

Please explore Lesley’s website for updates and more about her previous and ongoing research.

Archive: October 2016-March 2018

March 2018 Update:

I am in the final revising stages of my dissertation – hooray!

My colleague Corey Flanders (Mount Holyoke College) and I are still seeking participants for our study exploring young sexual minority women’s experiences of sexual and mental health.

SMW health 2.8 update

New publications:

Salway, S., Ross, L.E., Fehr, C., Burley, J., Asadi, S., Hawkins, B., & Tarasoff, L.A. (2018). A systematic review and meta-analysis of disparities in the prevalence of suicide ideation and attempt among bisexual populations. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Ross, L.E., Goldberg, A.E., Tarasoff, L.A., & Guo, C. (2018). Perceptions of partner support among pregnant plurisexual women: A qualitative study. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

January 2018 Update:

Happy New Year! On January 31st, I will be presenting at the Racialized Maternal Health Conference in Toronto with a line-up of amazing speakers.

New publication:

Ross, L.E., Salway, T., Tarasoff, L.A., MacKay, J.M., Hawkins, B.W., & Fehr, C.P. (2017). Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety Among Bisexual People Compared to Gay, Lesbian, and Heterosexual Individuals: A Systematic Review and Meta-AnalysisAnnual Review of Sex Research.

September 2017 Update:

My community report is now available! This 17-page report includes highlights from my dissertation study as well as recommendations to better support pregnant and parenting women with physical disabilities.

My PhD research is cited in an article in Today’s ParentYes, people like me can have babies: What it’s like to give birth as a woman with a physical disability.

New publication:

Ross, L.E., Tarasoff, L.A., Goldberg, A.E., & Flanders, C.E. (2017). Pregnant Plurisexual Women’s Sexual and Relationship Histories across the Life Span: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Bisexuality.

April 2017 Update:

New publication:

Tarasoff, L.A. (2017). “We don’t know. We’ve never had anybody like you before”: Barriers to perinatal care for women with physical disabilities. Disability and Health Journal. 

This month I will be presenting at the BORN Ontario Conference in Toronto.

January 2017 Update:

New Publication:

Marvel, S., Tarasoff, L.A., Epstein, R., green, d., Steele, L.S., & Ross, L.E. (2017). “Listening to LGBTQ People on Assisted Human Reproduction: Access to Reproductive Material, Services, and Facilities.” In T. Lemmens, A.F. Martin, C. Milne, and I.B. Lee (Eds.), Regulating Creation: The Law, Ethics, and Policy of Assisted Human Reproduction  (pp. 253-273). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

October 2016 Update:

Later this month I will be presenting some findings from my dissertation project at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo, in Denver, Colorado. My abstract was one of five selected for the Disability Section Chair’s Forum.

New publications:

Tarasoff, L.A. (2016). “We Exist”: The Health and Well-Being of Sexual Minority Women and Trans People with Disabilities. In S.E. Miles-Cohen & C. Signore (Eds.), Eliminating Inequities for Women with Disabilities: An Agenda for Health and Wellness (pp. 179-207). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Flanders, C.E., Tarasoff, L.A., Legge, M.M., Robinson, M., & Gos, G. (2016). Positive Identity Experiences of Young Bisexual and Other Non-Monosexual People: A Qualitative InquiryJournal of Homosexuality.