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Working Groups

To advance our mission to promote, expand and catalyze multidisciplinary research on women's health, we formed three working groups to tackle different challenges related to our research themes. If you are interested in joining any of these working groups, or forming a new one, we would love to hear from you. Please email  

Socioeconomic Status Working Group

Led by Dr. Marina Adshade, this working group is currently focused on raising awareness about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on diverse women through a socioeconomic lens. Stay tuned for a podcast mini-series that highlights personal expereinces from sex-workers, personal support workers and more. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know about an event this group is organizing that will showcase different forms of unpaid caregiving provided by women and how the pandemic interacted with these pressures. 

Sex and Gender Based Analysis Working Group

Co-led by Dr. Elizabeth Rideout and Jennifer Williams, the SGBA Working Group aims to provide guidance to faculty and trainees around how to appropriately incorporate sex and gender-based considerations into human and animal research. Stay tuned for a new workshop series they are working on that will use real-life case studies to showcase tools and techniques for considering sex and gender in research. This series will walk you through each step of research from study design all the way to research dissemination. 

Perinatal Mental Health Working Group

Co-led by Dr. Anna MacKinnon and Dr. Tina Montreuil, this group seeks to raise awareness about and stimulate new research on perinatal mental health. In 2021, this group organized the first perinatal mental health theme within the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting.