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Notisha Massaquoi

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Assistant Professor

Phone: 647-601-4684
Location: HL242


Dr. Massaquoi is a community engaged researcher utilizing mixed methods to highlight the experiences of Black communities navigating institutional structures and systems in Canada.  Her research focuses primarily on the social determinants of health, anti-Black racism and the resulting health disparities. In 2020-2021, Dr. Notisha Massaquoi was a Provost Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work where her research focused on violence as a determinant of health in Black communities with an emphasis on health services for survivors of homicide victims in Canada. 

Dr. Massaquoi is the founder and director of The Black Health Equity Lab ( The BHEL) which conducts rigorous community based health research and works with Black communities to develop advocacy tools, strategies and programs to improve health outcomes, wellbeing and success in Canadian systems.  Dr. Massaquoi’s research has been funded by the  Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. 

In her early social work career, Dr. Massaquoi initiated several organizations serving Black communities in Canada — including Africans in Partnership Against AIDS and TAIBU Community Health Centre. She also established and served for two decades as the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto — the only Community Health Centre in North America to provide specialized primary healthcare for Black and racialized women.


  • BA, Psychology (Western University)
  • MSW, Master of Social Work (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work)
  • PhD, Social Justice Education (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)


  • Graduate Cross-Appointment, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
  • The Centre for Research & Innovation for Black Survivors of Homicide Victims (The CRIB)
  • Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Research Interests

  • Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Critical Health Theory
  • The Impact of Anti-Black Racism on Black Communities in Canada
  • HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Gender, Sexuality and African Queer Theory
  • Canadian Black Feminist Thought