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Faculty Member

Lesley A. Tarasoff

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Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Adjunct Lecturer

Research Interests

Maternal and child health; perinatal health; reproductive health; mental health; disability; sexual and gender minority populations; health equity; community-based research; qualitative research; mixed methods research

Primary Affiliation:

Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health

Education and Training History:

PhD, Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto (2018)

MA, Women & Gender Studies, University of Toronto (2010)

BA (Honours), History, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Bishop’s University (2009)

Representative Publications:

  1. Tarasoff, L.A., Lunsky, Y., Havercamp, S.M., Welsh, K., Vigod, S.N., & Brown, H.K. (2023). The disability-related education and training experiences of perinatal care providers in Ontario. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada45(8), 581-586. doi:
  2. Tarasoff, L.A., Saeed, G., Lunsky, Y., Welsh, K., Proulx, L., Havercamp, S.M., Parish, S.L., & Brown, H.K. (2023). Prenatal care experiences of childbearing people with disabilities in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing52(3), 235-247. doi:
  3. Tarasoff, L.A., Lunsky, Y., Welsh, K., Proulx, L., Havercamp, S.M., Parish, S.L., & Brown, H.K. (2023). Unmet needs, limited access: A qualitative study of postpartum health care experiences of people with disabilities. Journal of Advanced Nursing79(9), 3324-3336. doi:
  4. Berndl, A., Ladhani, N., Wilson, D., Basso, M., Jung, E., Tarasoff, L.A., Angle, P., & Soliman, N. (2021). SOGC Guideline No. 416: Labour, Delivery, and Postpartum Care for People with Physical Disabilities. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. doi:
  5. Tarasoff, L.A., Salaeva, D., Ravindran, S., Malik, H., & Brown, H.K. (2020). Maternal disability and risk for pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum complications: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology222(1), 27-40.e18. doi:
  6. Flanders, C.E., Anderson, R.E., & Tarasoff, L.A. (2020). Young bisexual people’s experiences of sexual violence: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Bisexuality20(2), 202-232. doi:
  7. Tarasoff, L.A., Lunsky, Y., Chen, S., Guttmann, A., Havercamp, S., Parish, S., Vigod, S., Carty, A., & Brown, H.K. (2020). Preconception Health Characteristics of Women with Disabilities in Ontario: A Population-Based, Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Women’s Health29(12), 1564-1575. doi:
  8. Tarasoff, L.A., Milligan, K., Le, T.L., Usher, A., & Urbanoski, K. (2018). Integrated treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women with problematic substance use: Service descriptions and client perceptions of care. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment90, 9-18. doi:
  9. 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 Research55(4-5), 435-456. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1387755
  10. Tarasoff, L.A. (2017). “We don’t know. We’ve never had anybody like you before”: Barriers to perinatal care for women with physical disabilities. Disability and Health Journal10(3), 426-433. doi: