Marginalized Women

Marginalized Women

Support and Wellness

Support and Wellness



Research and Learning

Research and Learning



WHRFC Programs


Amr Abostait

MSc Student (Pharmacy)

Research Title: Safe nanomedicines during pregnancy: Targeted lipid nanoparticles to specific fetal organs
Supervisor: Dr. Hagar Labouta


Oludolapo Balogun

MSc Student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: Prevalence of mental disorders among pregnant women in social housing in Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Nathan Nickel


Kerri-Ann Bochen

MSc Student (Nursing)

Research Title: Moving beyond barriers: Understanding the experiences of women who transitioned to cardiac rehabilitation and subsequently withdrew prior to completion
Supervisor: Dr. Marnie Kramer


Mimi Brown

MSc Student (Social Work)

Research Title: The WHOLE Leader
Supervisor: Dr. Kendra Nixon


Moustafa Ali

PhD Student (Pharmacy)

Research Title: Towards safe medicines during pregnancy: Placenta non-crossing nanoparticles
Supervisor: Dr Hagar Labouta


Kayla Joyce

PhD Student (Psychology)

Research Title: Developing a substance use intervention targeting mothers in the perinatal period: Addressing unmet needs using a patient-oriented research approach.
Supervisor: Dr. Leslie E, Roos


Cynthia Yamamoto

PhD Student (Sociology and Criminology)

Research Title: An institutional ethnography of occupational therapists' work in publicly funded home-care in Canada.
Supervisor: Dr. Laura Funk


Nicole Herpai

PhD Student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: A mixed methods analysis of economic empowerment measurements and the effects on sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adolescent girls and young women. Supervisor: Dr. Evelyn Forget


Daniel Gussakovsky

PhD Student (Chemistry)

Research Title: Elucidating the transcriptional initiation of a non-coding RNA implicated in breast, ovarian and lung cancer pathogenesis.
Supervisor: Dr. Sean McKenna


Michelle Ward

PhD Student (Psychology)

Research Title: Like mother, like son: A similarity-fit perspective on motherhood and the broader autism phenotype.
Supervisor: Dr. Jen Thule


Quan Liu

PhD Student (Biochemistry and Medical Genetics)

Research Title: Interpretable and extendable deep learning models for identifying prognostic radiogenomic biomarkers from multimodal imaging and genomic data.
Supervisor: Dr. Pingzhao Hu


Toby Le

MSc Student (Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases)

Research Title: Effects of DMPA on peripheral blood natural killer cells in sex workers from Nairobi Kenya.
Supervisor: Dr. Keith Fowke


Alekhya Lavu

PhD Student (Pharmacy)

Research Title: Anti-epileptic treatments during pregnancy and neonatal birth weight outcomes.
Supervisor: Dr. Sherif Eltonsy


Gabrielle Fontaine

MSc Student (Physics & Astronomy)

Research Title: Design and development of a portable breast microwave imaging system.
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Pistorius


Maria Isabel Garces Davila

PhD Student (Community Health Sciences)

Research Title: 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)

Research Title: 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)

Research Title: 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)

Research Title: 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)

Research Title: 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)

Research 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
  • Cathy G. Cordileone – Treasurer
  • Katelin McDermott, MSc – Secretary
  • Matea Tuhtar – Communications Officer


  • Melissa Muir, MMFT
  • Gaynor Williams, DPhil, MD
  • Lynn Scruby, RN, BN, MS, PhD
  • F. Carleen MacKay, BA, FCMA, FCPA
  • Donna Chow, PhD
  • Danessa Peters, CPA
  • Tessa Gauthier