Faculty Member

Caroline Bennett-​Abuayyash MSc, PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Address
Women's College Research Institute Women's Xchange 76 Grenville Street Toronto, ON M5S 1B2
Women's Xchange
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Opportunities and challenges in applying a socio-demographic lens to health care research, planning, and delivery
  • Embedding equity in health care quality conversations, metrics, and reports
  • Building organizational and system-level accountability on health equity
  • Evaluating interventions for reducing health inequities
  • Systemic discrimination and prejudice in health care

Education & Training History

PhD- Social Psychology, University of Western Ontario (2011)
MSc- Social Psychology, University of Western Ontario (2006)
BA- Political Science & Public Administration, American University of Beirut (2000)

Certificate- Disparities Leadership Program, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School (2015)

Other Affiliations

Research Lead, Women’s Xchange, Women’s College Hospital/Women’s College Research Institute
Medical Advisory Board Member, National Collaborating Centre on the Determinants of Health

Representative Publications

Tuck, A., Oda, A., Hynie, M., Bennett-AbuAyyash, C., Roche, B., Agic, B., & McKenzie, K. (2019). Unmet health care needs for Syrian refugees in Canada: A follow-up study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-019-00856-y

Tan-McGrory, A., Bennett-AbuAyyash, C., Gee, S., Dabney, K., Cowden, J. D., Williams, L, Rafton, S., Nettles, A. Pagura, S., Homes, L., Goleman, J., Caldwell, L., Page, J., Oceanic, P., McMullen, E., Lopera, A., Beiter, S., & Lopez, L. (2018). Identifying Disparities in Pediatrics: Sample Practices for Data Collection. BMC Pediatrics, 8. https://bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12887-018-0997-y?site=bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com

Esses, V. M., Bennett-AbuAyyash, C., & Lapshina, N. (2014). How discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities contributes to the underutilization of immigrants’ skills. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 55-62.

Wray. R., Agic, B., Bennett-AbuAyyash, C., Kanee, M., Lam, R., & Mohamed, A., & Tuck, A. (2013, September). We ask because we case: The tri-hospital + TPH health equity data collection project. Toronto, ON: Health Equity Data Collection Project Committee.

Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L., Bennett-AbuAyyash, C., & Burstein, M. (2010). What is a welcoming community? Research report prepared for the Integration Branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Esses, V.M., Jackson, L.M., & Bennett-AbuAyyash, C. (2010). Intergroup competition. In J.F. Dovidio, M. Hewstone, P. Glick, & V.M. Esses (Eds.), Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. Sage: London, England.