Faculty Member

Lori E. Ross PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
Office Address
155 College St., Suite 560 Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Research team website
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Admin Position
PhD SBHS Program Director

Research Interests

1. Health and health service access for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) people, with a focus on mental health and mental health service utilization

2. Community-based approaches to research

3. Mental health during pregnancy and the transition to parenthood

4. Social justice-informed mental health research

Education & Training History

Wilfrid Laurier University


Biology and Psychology

University of Toronto


Institute of Medical Science

McMaster University & Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Centre

Post Doctoral Fellowship

Women’s Mental Health

Other Affiliations

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Health Systems & Health Equity Research Group

Collaborating Scientist

University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry

Associate Professor

University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Science

Associate Member

primary teaching responsibilities

Honours & Awards

Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Ontario Women’s Health Council

New Investigator Award


Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Women’s Health Council

Career Scientist Award


Current Research Projects

-Postpartum mental health among sexual minority women

-Bisexual identity: implications for mental and sexual health

-Cultural representations of gender in psychiatric narratives

-Best practices for community-based research in mental health/substance use

Please refer to www.lgbtqhealth.ca for more details of ongoing projects.

Representative Publications

1.    Ross, L.E., O’Gorman, L., MacLeod, M.A., Bauer, G.R., MacKay, J., Robinson, M. (2016). Bisexual identity, socioeconomic status and mental health: A mixed methods analysis. Social Science & Medicine, published online March 10, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.03.009

2.  Ross, L.E., Vigod, S.N., Wishart, J., Waese, M., Spence, J.D., Oliver, J., Chambers, J., Anderson, S., & Shields, R. (2015). Barriers and facilitators to primary care for people with mental health and/or substance use issues: qualitative study. BMC Family Practice, 16, 135. DOI: 10.1186/s12875-015-0353-3

3.    Ross, L.E., Bauer, G.R., MacLeod, M.A., Robinson, M., MacKay, J., Dobinson, C. (2014). Mental health and substance use among bisexual youth and non-youth in Ontario, Canada. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e101604. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101604

4.     Ross, L.E., Tarasoff, L.A., Anderson, S., green, d., Epstein, R., Marvel, S., Steele, L.S. (2014). Sexual and gender minority peoples’ recommendations for assisted human reproduction services. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 36(2), 146-153. [PA]

5.  Ross, L.E, Grigoriadis, S., Mamisachvili, L., VonderPorten, E., Roerecke, M., Rehm, J., Dennis, C.-L., Koren, G., Steiner, M., Mousmanis P., & Cheung, A. (2013). Selected pregnancy and delivery outcomes after exposure to antidepressant medication: A systemic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry, 70(4), 436-43. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.684. [PA]

6.       Ross L.E., Siegel A., Dobinson C., Epstein R., Steele L.S. (2012). ‘I Don’t Want to Turn Totally Invisible’: Mental Health, Stressors, and Supports among Bisexual Women during the Perinatal Period. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 8(2), 137-154.

7.       Ross LE, Grigoriadis S, Mamisashvili L, Koren G, Steiner M, Dennis CL, Cheung A, Mousmanis P. (2011). Quality assessment of observational studies in psychiatry: an example from perinatal psychiatric research. Int J Methods Psychiatry Res., 20(4), 224-34. doi: 10.1002/mpr.356. PMID: 22113965

8.   Ross L.E., Villegas, L., Dennis, C.-L., Bourgeault, I.-V., Cairney, J., Grigoriadis, S., Steele, L., & Yudin, M.H. (2011). Rural residence and risk for perinatal depression: A Canadian pilot study. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 14(3), 175-185, DOI: 10.1007/s00737-011-0208-4.

9. Ross, L.E., McQueen, K., Vigod, S. Dennis, C.-L. (2010). Risk for postpartum depression associated with assisted reproductive technologies and multiple births: A systematic review. Human Reproduction Update, 17(1):96-106. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dmq025.

10.   Ross, L.E., Dobinson, C., Eady, A. (2010). Perceived determinants of mental health for bisexual people: A qualitative examination. American Journal of Public Health, 100(3), 496-502, doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.156307.