Lesley A. Tarasoff, PhD, is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough and in Adult Neurodevelopmental Sciences at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. There she contributes to a mixed-methods 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 LGBTQ Health team, an interdisciplinary 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.

Her research primarily focuses on the sexual, reproductive, perinatal, maternal, 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.