Researching for LGBTQ Health


On this page, you will find information about what we do, including Active and Past projects. Please visit our Resources page for things we have produced as a result of some of our research (e.g., papers, reports, posters, brochures). Click on the title of each project to learn more.

To learn more about our research or to share ideas you have for possible future projects, please contact us!

Active Projects

Active Projects

Illicit Cannabis Use Among Bisexual Women in Ontario

Our study takes a normalization approach, framing recreational cannabis use as a normal social phenomenon rather than as an individual problem. This study will address a key gap in Canadian research while also making a significant contribution to the literature on bisexual women’s cannabis use.

Two-Spirited Roundtable Discussion Series

Starting in January of 2014, Margaret will host Aboriginal talking circles in Thunder Bay, Timmins, Sudbury and Ottawa, and Toronto, and hopes to have over 70 participants. “Our project is initiated and led by two-spirited people ourselves,” she explains. “Our communities have been exploited by researchers in the past, so it’s important that we don’t replicate that kind of pattern.”

Postpartum Mental Health among Visible and Invisible Sexual Minority Women

Our preliminary data indicates that invisible sexual minority women (i.e., women who have a history of sexual relationships with women, but who are currently partnered with men) are at elevated risk for postpartum depression, compared to visible sexual minority women and heterosexual women. Our project aims to build upon this work and understand these differences.

Regulating the Boundaries of Motherhood: A Study of Trans Women’s Experiences in Relationship to Motherhood

This project aims to understand how trans women who are parents may be excluded from claiming the status of "mother," and how they are impacted by this exclusion.

Bisexual Identity: Implications for Mental and Sexual Health

Using a multiplicity of theories we will work to understand the health differences between bisexual men and other men.

Retrospective Chart Review of Women's Psychiatric In-patient Charts

This project examines the construction of gender, sexuality, race, and class within the particular time and place of one urban, Canadian, clinical psychiatric setting.

Guidelines for Community Based Research in Mental Health and Addictions

This project aims to produce a user-friendly document, which will encourage the use of Community-Based Research in the area of mental health and/or addictions.

Risk and Resilience among Bisexual People in Ontario: A Community-Based Study of Bisexual Mental Health

The Risk & Resilience project surveyed bisexual people from across Ontario about their mental health and their experiences with mental health support and services.

Past Projects

Past Projects

Pathways to Effective Depression Treatment

Pathways is a community-based research project that asked women and/or trans people of all sexual orientations about their experiences with depression and seeking mental health services

Access to primary care for people with serious mental health and/or substance use issues: A qualitative study

We want to learn about what happens when people with serious mental health and/or substance use issues go to the doctor or try to go to the doctor and don’t get the care they need. We also want to learn about positive primary care experiences.

Transforming Family: Trans Voices on Parenting

In 2010, the Transforming Family project was launched to document the impact of transphobia on trans parents and draw attention to the strengths that trans folks bring to parenting.

Creating Our Families: A pilot study of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people accessing assisted human reproduction services in Ontario

In the summer of 2010, we began recruiting LGBTQ people from all across Ontario in order to learn about their experiences with Assisted Human Reproduction services.

Using Theatre to Disseminate LGBT Peoples’ Experiences with Assisted Human Reproduction Services

We disseminated the results of the Creating Our Families project to two key audiences: AHR service providers and LGBTQ prospective parents. We used interactive “forum” theatre to share what we learned.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and two-spirit adoption in Ontario: Policy, practice and personal narratives

An overarching goal of our work in the area of LGBTQ parenting is to improve the quality and accessibility of health and social services for all LGBTQ parents and prospective parents. One of our earlier studies addressed this goal by focusing on LGBTQ adoption.

Mothering on the Margins

The goals of this research was: (a) to learn about factors that contribute to emotional wellbeing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and Two-Spirit (LGBT) mothers and mothers-to-be, and (b) to learn what services LGBT mothers and mothers-to-be find helpful, and what services they wish existed, to address their emotional needs.

Understanding the context of bisexual mental health

This was a qualitative study of bisexual people’s experiences with mental health services and care in Ontario.