I am a currently a PhD Candidate in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and a member of the Re:searching for LGBTQ Health team, an interdisciplinary, Toronto-based team of LGBTQ and ally researchers who utilize community-based research approaches to explore how LGBTQ people experience health and access health services, including services that enable LGBTQ people to become parents.

My program of research focuses on the reproductive and mental health and health care experiences of marginalized women, notably physical women with disabilities and sexual minority women.

My doctoral research explores how women with physical disabilities experience the transition to motherhood, with an emphasis on care experiences and embodiment.

Please explore my website to learn more about my doctoral research and other research projects that I contribute to. Thanks for visiting!

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:

fullsizerenderNew 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.