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Faculty Member

Lori E. Ross PhD

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155 College St. Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
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Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Admin Position
PhD SBHS Program Director
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

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

CHL5804H – Theories for Health Promotion and Public Health Intervention

CHL5129H – Introduction to Mixed Methods Research for Public Health

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

Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (2SLGBTQ+) Ontarians’ experiences with social assistance: Conducting preliminary research to nurture partnerships in the area of 2SLGBTQ+ poverty and health

An intervention to enhance the capacity of providers working in trauma services to respond to the needs of LGBTQ2+ clients

Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and vulnerability of sexual and gender minorities living in Toronto (J. Fields, Principal Investigator)

Interdisciplinary research centre in sexual and gender minority mental health (D. Grace, Principal Investigator)

Please refer to for more details of ongoing projects.

Representative Publications

1.   Ross, L. E., Gibson, M. F., Daley, A., Steele, L. S., & Williams, C. C. (2018). In spite of the system: A mixed methods analysis of mental health service experiences of LGBTQ people living in poverty in Ontario, Canada.PLoS ONE, 13(8),e0201437.

2.   Ross, L.E., Goldberg, J.M., Flanders, C.E., Goldberg, A.E., Yudin, M.H. (2018). Bisexuality: the invisible sexual orientation in sexual and reproductive health care. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 40(8), 1057-1060. Doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.02.022

3.  Ross, L.E., Salway, T., Tarasoff, L.A., MacKay, J.M., Hawkins, B.W., & Fehr, C.P. (2018). Prevalence of depression and anxiety among bisexual people compared to gay, lesbian and heterosexual individuals: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annual Review of Sex Research, 55(3/4), 435-456doi: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1387755

4.   Ross, L.E., Manley, M.H., Goldberg, A.E., Januwalla, A., Williams, K., & Flanders, C.E. (2017). Characterizing non-monosexual women at risk for poor mental health outcomes: A mixed methods study. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 108(3), e296-e305. doi: 10.17269/CJPH.108.5884

5.   Ross, L.E. (2017). An account from the inside: Emotional implications of ‘insider’ qualitative research. Qualitative Psychology, 4(3), 326-337.doi:10.1037/qup0000064

6.  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

7.  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

8.    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

9.     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.

10.       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.