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!
Dealing with Bullies: An Adjunct Psychosocial Treatment for LGBTQ Adults with a History of Being Bullied
This project aims to develop a therapy treatment specifically designed for LGBTQ clients that targets the long-lasting emotional effects of childhood/adolescent bullying.
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.
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.”
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.
Using a multiplicity of theories we will work to understand the health differences between bisexual men and other men.
This project examines the construction of gender, sexuality, race, and class within the particular time and place of one urban, Canadian, clinical psychiatric setting.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was a qualitative study of bisexual people’s experiences with mental health services and care in Ontario.