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The Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health Director and Associate Director are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Specialization. Some of these responsibilities are shared with or delegated to the Executive and Specialization Committees including: administration and management, admission and academic oversight, partnership building, teaching and student interaction, and specialization building.

 Janice Du MontDirector, Dr. Janice Du Mont           

Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Du Mont is also a Senior Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute at Women’s College Hospital with a particular focus on the study of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse.

Visit Dr. Du Mont’s webpage

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee meets once a year, at minimum, and works with the Director and Associate Director of the Specialization to make decisions relevant to operations, including human resources, admissions, and growth.

Member Position/Department/Faculty
Eleanor Fish

Senior Scientist, University Health Network; Director, Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre; Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto; Associate Chair, International Initiatives & Collaborations, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto;

Canada Research Chair in Women’s Health & Immunobiology

Margaret MacNeill Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
Gillian Einstein Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging, University of Toronto; Guest Professor, Neuroscience and Gender Medicine, Linköping University, Sweden
Robin Mason Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital; Scientific Lead, Women’s Xchange
Charmaine Williams Vice Dean, Students, School of Graduate Studies; Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Specialization Committee

The Specialization Committee meets annually to aid in the development of the Specialization. This committee includes representation from the biomedical and social sciences as well as the humanities and also includes student representatives.

Member University of Toronto
Holly Wardlow Anthropology
Carlos Quinonez Dentistry
Andrea Charise English
Margaret MacNeill Graduate Department of Kinesiology
Carmen Logie Faculty of Social Work
Eleanor Fish Immunology
Paula Braitstein Institute of Medical Science
Kelly Metcalfe Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Joanne Kotsopoulos Nutritional Sciences
Catherine Sabiston Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
Peter McPherson Pharmacology
Suzanne Sicchia *Health Studies (UTSC)
Connie Guberman *Historical & Cultural Studies (UTSC)
Shelley Wall *Biomedical Communications (UTM)
Amy Mullin *Philosophy
Judith Andersen Psychology
Lori Ross Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Pamela Klassen Religion
June Larkin Women and Gender Studies Institute
Ramya Kumar (student representative) Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Member Other Universities
Stuart J. Murray (English) *Carleton
Carla Rice (Family Relations & Applied Nutrition) *Guelph

*Departments with mentors, but are not officially collaborating units.


The following is a list of faculty members who provide mentorship to graduate students in the Specialization:

Name  Department/Faculty (At U of T unless otherwise stated)
Izzeldin Abuelaish Public Health
Catherine Amara Exercise Sciences
Geoff Anderson Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
Michele K. Anderson Immunology
Michael Atkinson Exercise Sciences
Patricia Armstrong Sociology, York University
Anne-Emanuelle Birn Critical Development Studies  and Public Health
Laura Bisaillon Anthropology and Criminology & Sociological Studies
Paula Braitstein Public Health and Medical Sciences
Hilary Brown Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society, UTSC
Audrey Campbell Dalla Lana School of Public Health
An-Wen Chan Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
Andrea Charise English
Angela Colantonio Occupational Sciences & Occupational Therapy and Public Health
Cindy-Lee Dennis Nursing
Janice Du Mont Public Health and Applied Psychology & Human Development
Shannon Dunn Immunology
Sheila Dunn Family &  Community Medicine
Gillian Einstein Psychology and Public Health
Eleanor Fish Immunology
Kymm Feldman Family & Community Medicine
Alison Fleming Psychology and Neuroscience
Sarah Flicker Environmental Studies, York University
Denis Grant Pharmacology & Toxicology
Sophie Grigoriadis Psychiatry
Connie Guberman Historical & Cultural Studies
Elizabeth Harvey English
Paula Harvey Medicine, Cardiology
Gillian Hawker Medicine, Rheumatology and Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
Melissa Holmes Psychology
Susan Jaglal Physical Therapy
Pamela Klassen Religion
Patrick Keilty Information Studies
Joanne Kotsopoulos Public Health
Meng-Chuan Lai Psychiatry
June Larkin Women & Gender Studies
Janelle LeBoutillier Psychology
Sally Lindsay Social Work
Lorraine Lipscombe Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
Carmen Logie Social Work
Mona Loutfy Medicine
Margaret MacNeill Exercise Sciences
Robin Mason Public Health and Psychiatry
Flora I. Matheson Public Health
Gail McVey Public Health
Kelly Metcalfe Nursing
Peggy McDonough Public Health
Amy Mullin Philosophy
Steven Narod Public Health
Pat O’Campo Public Health
Tomáš Paus Psychiatry
Jennifer Poole Social Work, Ryerson University
Carlos R. Quiñonez Dentistry
Susan Rappolt Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Anne Rhodes Public Health
Carla Rice Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, Guelph University
David Riddick Pharmacology and Toxicology
Paula Rochon Institute of Health Policy, Management, & Evaluation
Lori Ross Public Health, Nursing, and Psychiatry
Catherine Sabiston Exercise Sciences
John Semple Medicine, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Dan Sellen Anthropology and Public Health
Ze’ev Seltzer Dentistry and Neuroscience
Suzanne R. Sicchia Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society and Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Carol Strike Public Health
Brenda Toner Medical Sciences
Shelley Wall Biomedical Communications  and Medical Sciences
Holly Wardlow Anthropology
Charmaine Williams Social Work
Thomas Wolever Anthropology
Blake Woodside Psychiatry
Karen Yoshida Rehabilitation Sciences and Public Health
Stanley Zlotkin Paediatrics, Public Health, and Nutritional Sciences
Simone Kaptein Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention, Region of Peel,  York University
Jennifer Blake Obstetrics/Gynecology
Peter Smith Institute for Work & Health
Notisha Massaquoi Health and Society
Rohan D’Souza Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Mentorship Information for Faculty

 Expectations for Mentors in the Specialization

A mentor is a faculty member who agrees to interact with students in the Specialization in the context of women’s health research and student projects. Such interactions might include:

  • Providing cross-disciplinary perspectives (i.e., the perspective of your discipline to their projects which will most likely be from another discipline, one to two meetings a year);
  • Being a discussant on a student’s presentation of their project at the student seminar (a 10 to 20 minute commentary on the student’s work as presented at the seminar);
  • Interacting with students and other faculty in the specialization at the student seminar and/or informal gatherings (once or twice a year, at your discretion); and
  • Giving a lecture on the methodologies you use in your work in the core course (a standard talk with time for discussion afterward).

In addition to specific mentors, all Specialization faculty and staff make a commitment to offer mentorship and advice to students. This includes helping students choose courses appropriate for their disciplinary course of study that will also be relevant to women’s health. Many of the Specialization’s participating graduate units have courses and seminars relevant to students from other faculties with an interest in women’s health. Mentors will work with students to examine the list of available courses for topics relevant to their course of study.

 What are the Benefits of being a Mentor?

  • Opportunities to interact with a diverse and vibrant group of students and faculty from across the University of Toronto and the affiliated hospitals who conduct women’s health research and/or engage in relevant clinical practice;
  • Building collaborations with others at the University of Toronto in different departments and faculties who work on the same intellectual question but approach it from a different methodology; and
  • Being known as a formal participant in this innovative Specialization.

  *If you are a member of the University of Toronto faculty interested in being a mentor in the Specialization, please submit a copy of your current CV to, or contact Specialization Director, Dr. Janice Du Mont for further details.