Marginalized Women

Marginalized Women

Support and Wellness

Support and Wellness



Research and Learning

Research and Learning



WHRFC Programs


Maria Isabel Garces Davila

PhD Student (Community Health Sciences)

The effect of maternal stress on adverse childhood experiences, mental health and justice involvement of the offspring: And intergenerational analysis of stress. Supervisor: Dr. Tracie O. Afifi


Alanna Johnson

MA Student (Psychology)

The impact of a shelter stay on relationship values for women victims of partner violence.
Supervisor: Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy


Sarah Petty

PhD Student (Psychology)

Women`s anxiety symptoms and psychological treatment-seeking during the perinatal period. Supervisors: Dr. Kristin Reynolds and Dr. Patricia Furer


Claire Morden

MSc Student (Biochemistry and Medical Genetics)

Characterizing chromosome instability in chemonaive and chemoresistant high-grade serous ovarian cancer. Supervisors: Dr. Kirk McManus and Dr. Mark Nachtigal


Jordana Sommer

PhD Student (Psychology)

A preoperative virtual reality simulation surgery to reduce perioperative psychiatric sequelae in breast cancer patients. Supervisors:
Dr. Renée El-Gabalawy and Dr. Kristin Reynolds


Abin Chandrakumar

MSc Student (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)

Reseach Title: Maternal antibiotic use during pregnancy and childhood chronic diseases: a population-based study. Supervisor: Dr. Geert W't Jong


Janelle Boram Lee

MSc Student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: The relationship between maternal justice involvement and childhood outcomes of child protective services contact and maltreatment indicators: A Manitoba population-based cohort study. Supervisors: Dr. Marni Brownell and Dr. Nathan Nickel


Lindsey Mazur

MSc Student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Experiences of stigma in prenatal/postnatal dietetic care among women with high BMI. Supervisor: Dr. Deborah McPhail


Chloe Shindruk

MN student (Nursing)

Research Title: Expert Nursing Care: Perinatal Palliative Care during Labor, Delivery and the Immediate Postpartum Period
Supervisor: Dr. Genevieve Thompson; Co-advisor Dr. Susan McClement


Dhiwya Attawar

PhD student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: The Community Health Worker in Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Interventions in Rural South India: Tracing Equity at the Health System - Community Interface
Supervisor: Dr. James Blanchard


Elizabeth Wall-Wieler

PhD student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: The Maternal Responses to Having a Child Taken Into Care Supervisor: Dr. Leslie Roos


Katherine Kenyon

MSc student (Psychology)

Research Title: How Women in Domestic Violence Shelters Experience Personal Empowerment
Supervisor: Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy


Kristene Cheung

MSc student (Psychology)

Research Title: Parental Psychopathology in Families of Children with ADHD: A Meta-analysis
Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Theule


Suzanne Lennon

PhD student (Nursing)

Research Title:
Perception of Pregnancy Risk Among Women with Gestational Diabetes and Their Partners: The Impact of Gender


Natalie Mota

PhD student (Psychology)

Research Title:
The Experiences of Female Service Members in the Canadian Forces: A Mixed Methods Approach


Kelli Berzuk

PhD student (Individual Interdisciplinary Program)

Research Title: Evaluation of Increasing Awareness of Pelvic Floor Muscle Function on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction


Christine Henriksen

PhD student (Psychology)

Research Title: The Relationship Between Childhood Adversity and Eating Disorders in the General Population


Jonathon R. Walker

MSc student (Physiology)

Research Title: The Cardioprotective Effects of Probucol against Trastuzumab and Anthracycline Mediated Cardiotoxicity


Jennifer Wall

MSc student (Landscape Architecture)

Research Title: Rehabilitation and Meeting Needs of Women in an Institutional Setting Through Programmatic Landscape Design


Mollie Bates

MA student (Psychology)

Research Title: Readiness and Motivation for Change in Women with Eating Disorders


Sandra Dong Huang

MSc student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Case of Three HIV Prevention Programs in Karnataka, India Undertaken by Three NGOs and a Sex Workers Collective


Susy Santos

PhD student (French, Spanish, & Italian – Individual Interdisciplinary Program, IIP)

Research Title: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Mental Health Among Older Adults and Aging Women


Hannah Neufeld

PhD student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Understanding Aboriginal Women’s Experiences with Gestational Diabetes in the Urban Context of Winnipeg, Manitoba


Meta Kreiner

MSc student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Stakeholder Perceptions of Midwifery Integration into the Manitoba Healthcare System


Virginia Spencer

PhD student (Biochemistry)

Research Title: Histone Acetylation and Nuclear Structure in Gene Expression


Sarah Bowen

PhD student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Assessing the Responsiveness of Healthcare Organizations to Culturally Diverse Groups


Lisa Norquay

PhD student (Physiology)

Research Title: Regulatory P Sequences which Direct Expression of Human Growth Hormone Chorionic Somatommotropia Gene Family


Margaret Kozlowski

with Glaxo Wellcome, MSc student (Nursing)

Research Title: Variables that Affect Contraceptive Use in Postpartum Adolescent Females


Maureen Heaman

PhD student (Individual Interdisciplinary Program, IIP)

Research Title: Nursing Research Factors for Preterm Birth


Karen Paroschy

partnership with Pfizer Canada, PhD student (Physiology)

Research Title: Gender Differences in Psychological Distress (Male vs. Female)


Theresa Mayer

MSc student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Gender Differences in Psychological Distress (Male vs. Female)


Farah Sheikh

PhD student (Physiology)

Research Title: Differences in Regenerative Recovery Rate Between Male and Female Myocytes Induced to Divide


Jo-Ann Sawatzky

PhD student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Health Benefits of Exercise in Relation to Cardiovascular Health


Lanette Friesen

PhD student (Chemistry and Physics, NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics)

Research Title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Procedure for the Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer


Amanda Coutts

PhD student (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology)

Research Title: Molecular Biological Approaches Toward Understanding Breast Cancer


Lynda Balneaves

MSc student (Nursing)

Research Title: Use of Alternative Treatments of Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

See the following links for an update on Dr. Lynda Balneaves:


Gail Marchessault

PhD student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Attitudes Toward Weight Issues of Middle-Aged Women, Their Teenage Daughters and Health Professionals


Deborah Handziuk

MSc student (Educational Psychology)

Research Title: Reporting of Sexual Abuse in Rural Communities

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WHRFC Board of Directors

Executive Members

  • Sheri Fandrey, BSP, PhD – President
  • I fan Kuo, BSc, MSc, PharmD – Past-President
  • F. Carleen MacKay, BA, CMA, FCMA – Treasurer
  • Donna Chow, PhD – Secretary


  • Melissa Muir, MMFT
  • Silvia Alessi-Severini, BSc, PhD
  • Pamela Mann, FCSI
  • Lynn Scruby, RN, BN, MS, PhD