Lesley Tarasoff, Postdoctoral Fellow
Lesley Tarasoff is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Health & Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough, supervised by Dr. Brown. Dr. Tarasoff’s program of research focuses on improving the health and health care experiences of marginalized groups, namely women with disabilities and sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) populations. Dr. Tarasoff is also affiliated with the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. She holds a PhD in Public Health Sciences and an MA in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto, and a BA in History, Sociology, and Women’s Studies from Bishop’s University. Related awards: CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2021); CIHR Travel Award (2019)
Mariame Ouedraogo, PhD student
Mariame Ouedraogo is a Ph.D. student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, supervised by Dr. Hilary Brown and Dr. Diego Bassani. Her Ph.D. work focuses on the effect of the Malian conflict on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH). Before starting her Ph.D., she worked as a Research Analyst at the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, where she supported, through research and evaluation, several RMNCH projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. Mariame holds a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include global health, RMNCH, participatory action research, and health system strengthening. Related awards: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2021-2022)
Caroline Kassee, MPH student
Caroline Kassee is a Master of Public Health student in Epidemiology, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is a practicum student under the supervision of Dr. Hilary Brown, focusing on perinatal outcomes in women with disabilities in relation to social, health, and disability-related disparities, using ICES data. Caroline has previous experience working in mental health research, mainly on projects pertaining to autism spectrum disorders, and has completed an MHSc. at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and a BASc at McMaster University. Related awards: Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Award (2021-2022)
Nishanthika Benny, MPH Student
Nishanthika Benny is a Master of Public Health student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is an incoming practicum student under the supervision of Dr. Hilary Brown and Dr. Mike Best. She will complete the practicum in collaboration with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences with the focus on online delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy. Nisha has worked in the mental health field as an occupational therapist. She had completed her MScOT and a BSc in Life Sciences & Health Studies from the University of Toronto. Her broader interests include mental health promotion through knowledge translation in marginalized populations.
Lesley Pablo, Research Analyst
Lesley Pablo is a Research Analyst at the University of Toronto Scarborough in the Department of Health & Society working under the supervision of Dr. Hilary Brown and Dr. Anita Benoit. She previously completed her graduate training at Queen’s University where she successfully defended a Master’s thesis that explored father involvement as a social determinant of Mongolian child outcomes. Her research interests involve the use of epidemiological methods to explore health issues and outcomes in vulnerable populations. She is currently working with Dr. Brown on projects that investigate maternal and child health outcomes in women with disabilities. She is also jointly involved in Dr. Benoit’s research projects that examine the quality of life in Canadian Indigenous peoples living with HIV.