WHO WE ARE
MEET OUR TEAM
Lori E. Ross, PhD
Dr. Lori Ross (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and an Affiliate Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She is the leader of the Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health Team. Much of her research focuses on understanding the mental health and service needs of marginalized populations including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+) people, in order to improve access to services for these communities. Although she feels very privileged to have the opportunity to do this important work, Lori's most rewarding job is as Mom to her two kids.
Merrick Pilling, PhD
Merrick Pilling (he/him) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and a Contract Lecturer in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. His work employs intersectional, Mad Studies/Disability Studies approaches to understanding mental distress in marginalized groups, emphasizing the importance of centering mad/psychiatric survivor knowledge and the lived experience of marginalization. He has developed and delivered curriculum for adult learners with direct service backgrounds on the following topics: intersectional, anti-oppressive approaches to delivering mental health services, trauma-informed care, two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) cultural competence, anti-oppression and social justice, positive space, and trans and non-binary identities.
Jenna MacKay, MA, MSW, RSW
Jenna (she/her) holds a Master of Arts in applied Psychology and a Master of Social Work. She works in private practice as a registered social worker in Belleville, with a focus on trauma and providing 2SLGBTQ+ affirming support. She has over 12 years of diverse work experience in academic, non-profit, hospital and government contexts. Her work has focused on trauma, mental health, bisexuality, and service access. She loves her cat and struggles to keep her house plants healthy.
Michelle Tam, MA
Michelle Tam is a PhD student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She holds a MA in Gender Studies from Queen's University and a BSc (Hons) in Life Science from Queen's University. Her SSHRC-funded master's thesis research focused on understandings of sexuality that reflect on racism, citizenship, diaspora, and transnational politics of sexuality, specifically among Chinese Canadian LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people. Currently, her doctoral research is focused on reproductive justice and access for racialized LGBTQ2S+ folks. In addition to being a researcher, Michelle is a community organizer and works with non-profit organizations around the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and sexual health.
Olivia Taylor is a first year MPH Health Promotion student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Recently graduated from the University of Waterloo Health Sciences program, she has gained the knowledge and skills from various disciplines and has developed an interest in LGBTQ2S+ health. Through sexual health courses, co-op placements in student health services, guest speakers, and course projects in public health policy, Olivia has gained a greater understanding of LGBTQ2S+ health and the barriers in accessing competent healthcare among the LGBTQ2S+ community.
Giselle Gos, R.P., Ph.D.
Giselle Gos, (they/them) has been a psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto since 2016. They are a non-binary, transmasculine, queer, fat, white, settler, trauma survivor living with an invisible disability. Their therapy practice is anti-oppression informed, and integrates relational, psychodynamic and somatic psychotherapy. Since 2013, they have been working and volunteering in queer community health and research through various organizations, including Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health, Planned Parenthood Toronto, Supporting Our Youth, and The 519 Volunteer Counselling Program and have published on LGBTQ health, mental health and identity. They have been interrogating the gender binary for as long as they can remember, and completed a Ph.D. on gender and subjectivity in literature in 2012. They have over a decade of teaching and facilitation experience. They sometimes describe their gender as "nerd" and enjoy spending their time watching sci-fi and reading and writing fanfiction.
MEET OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE
We are working in collaboration with wonderful, knowledgeable, skilled and thoughtful folks from communities across the province.
Cree Elder and Activist, Peterborough, ON
CAMH Adult Identity Clinic, Toronto, ON
Thunder Bay Counselling, Thunder Bay, ON
RSSW Psychotherapist, Sudbury, ON
TG Innerselves, Sudbury, ON
WE Trans, Windsor, ON
Welcome Centre Shelter, Windsor, ON
Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Kingston, ON
Julie Nobert DiMarchi
Timmins and Area Women in Crisis, Timmins, ON
Asian Community AIDS Services, Toronto, ON