Women's Health Research Cluster

Women’s health research is vital to explore how unique factors, both biological and societal, contribute to health in women. Women experience poorer health from missed diagnoses, minimized symptoms, greater burdens of specific diseases, and poorly targeted treatment than men. Although there is much focus on how biological sex alters disease trajectory and outcome, it is important to study the physiological and societal challenges unique to women that directly influence women’s health. This research cluster and network will provide the research and clinical communities with invaluable information that will make help make women healthier.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Angeles, Leonora Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and other gender planning related tools, including feminist critiques and perspectives on the intergration of gender and other social axes of difference and diversity in community planning and international development work
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Perinatal Period; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Maternal Mental Health; Pregnancy Outcomes; Perinatal Anxiety; Prenatal Cannabis Use; Developmental Outcomes
Bloch, Alexia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social sciences; migration; Gender; Eurasia; Russia; ethnography
Brotto, Lori Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sexual Dysfunctions; sexual dysfunction; mindfulness; sexual desire
Brown, Helen Jean Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Maternal-infant and women
Bryson, Mary Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) technology, media, cultural studies, gender, queer theory, deviance studies, post-colonial pedagogies, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, media and gender, media and education
Campbell, Suzanne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Community Health / Public Health; Health Promotion; Interpersonal Communication; Educational Technologies; Health Care Technologies; Modelization and Simulation; Social Determinants of Health; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Adult Education and Continuing Education; simulation nursing education; interprofessional health professional education; health communication; lactation support; leadership in nursing; global maternal-infant-child health
Campbell, Kristin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Breast Cancer; Rehabilitation; Physiology; Quality of Life and Aging; Exercise Physiology; physical function; oncology; Biomarkers
Chen, Frances Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) social behaviour, relationships, social support, stress, coping, conflict and negotiation, social neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology.
Dumont, Guy A Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) biomedical engineering; automatic drug delivery; mobile health; global health; anesthesia; physiological monitoring;, Adaptive control, predictive control, control of distributed parameters systems, advanced process control, applications of wavelet analysis, biomedical applications of control, pulp and paper process control
Field, Thalia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) stroke; Clinical trials; cerebral venous thrombosis; outcomes; cognition; Machine Learning
Frangou, Sophia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) the study of the human brain in health and disease
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Hormones and Growth Factors; Depression; Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis; Cognition; Postpartum Depression; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Aging Process; Alzheimer's Disease; Learning and Memory; hippocampus; Sex differences; neuroplasticity; estrogens; women's health
Gottschlich, Anna Postdoctoral Fellow Community Health / Public Health; Epidemiology; Cervical cancer; Human papillomavirus; Self-collection HPV testing; Health disparities
Janssen, Patricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Social Determinants of Health; Perinatal Period; Gestation / Parturition; maternal child health; health of marginalized women; mobile health for pregnancy and parenting
Kazanjian, Arminee Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cancer Survivorship, Knowledge Exchange and, Translation, Psychosocial oncology, Palliative care in cross-cultural context, Vulnerable populations, including women
Lamers, Yvonne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nutrition; Nutrients; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Nutritional Biochemistry; Micronutrients; Vitamins; Nutritional Biomarker; Pregnancy; Periconceptional folic acid supplementation; Prenatal Supplements; Newborn Screening; Toddler Nutrition; Clinical Chemistry; Maternal and child health
LeMoult, Joelle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) depression and psychobiological responses to stress; understanding how depression develops and unfolds across the lifespan
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Age and Risk Factors; Mobility; Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Rehabilitation; Healthy Aging; Fall prevention; Cognitive Aging; Sleep; Physical Activity
Mitchell-Foster, Sheona Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Cancer of the Reproductive System; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; AIDS / HIV; Urban and Rural Planning Policies; cervical cancer screening; HPV; rural and remote reproductive care; Indigenous women's health; perinatal substance-use; reproductive health of women living with HIV; culturally safe care; reproductive screening in LMIC
Munro, Sarah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Participatory research; Health Care Technologies; Community Health / Public Health; Health Promotion; Health Policies; Health Care Organization; Social Determinants of Health; Family Planning; Perinatal Period; Birth Control; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Knowledge translation; Implementation Science; Shared decision making; Reproductive and maternal health; Family planning; Caesarean section
Norman, Wendy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Contraception, Abortion, Family Planning, Family Practice Research, Primary Care Research, Researcher training, Family Practice
Oberlander, Timothy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Population epidemiological studies that characterize neurodevelopmental pathways that reflect risk, resiliency and developmental plasticity
Ogilvie, Gina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sexually transmitted infections, human papillomavirus, HIV in women and care for marginalized populations
Park, Kyung Ae Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Korean politics (North and South Korea); U.S.-Korean relations; Korean unification, North and South Korean Politics, US-Korea Relations, Gender and Development
Prior, Jerilynn Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Menstruation, ovulation, osteoporosis, perimenopause, menopause, hot flushes, progesterone, estrogen dominance, women’s health, menopause, birth control pills, breast health, calcium, vitamin D, insulin resistance, eating attitudes/eating restraint, premenstrual symptoms, anovulatory androgen excess (PCOS)
Puterman, Eli Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Health Psychology; Stress physiology; Acute exercise; Exercise interventions; Physical Activity; Physical literacy; cellular aging; telomeres; chronic stress
Rideout, Elizabeth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sex differences; Metabolism; Cell Signaling Pathways; Development; Lifespan and Aging; Stress responses; Drosophila melanogaster
Robillard, Julie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) New Technology and Social Impacts; Social Aspects of Aging; Health Care Technologies; Mental Health and Society; Patient experience/patient engagement; eHealth; Assistive technology; Neuroethics; Brain health technology; Artificial Intelligence; Dementia; mental health
Segal, Judy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Public discourse and personal experience(health and illness)
Shannon, Kate Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, sex work, public health, community health, gender epidemiology, health prevention, social determinants of health, community-based research, gender inequities, sexual health, vulnerable populations, structural determinants, qualitative evaluations, HIV/STI prevention, Social determinants of sexual health, HIV/AIDS and access to care among marginalized populations, particularly youth, sex workers, and women at-risk and living with HIV
Todd, Rebecca Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cognition; Motivation, Emotions and Rewards; Learning and Memory; Human Cognition and Emotion; Motivationally and affectively biased attention and memory; Emotional learning (associative learning of reward and punishment); Human Neurocognitive processes underlying all of the above
Yong, Paul Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) pelvic pain, with a particular interest in endometriosis, painful periods, sexual pain, co-existing bladder and bowel problems, and pain related to the musculoskeletal system; laparoscopic excision of complex endometriosis and prevention of adhesions in women with endometriosis and pelvic pain and infertility