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.