Office of Women's Health Research Chair in Mental Health

As the inaugural Chair, since 2008, Dr. Nazilla Khanlou has set-up and led the Office of Women’s Health Research Chair in Mental Health at York University.

The Office aims to promote community-based research on women’s mental health and well-being. We focus on identifying risk factors related to marginalized populations, and promote community-based approaches, prioritizing the involvement of community members in research.

Our goals are to 1) conduct interdisciplinary scholarship toward enhancing the mental health of Ontario’s and Canada’s women, children and youth; 2) to develop new models of faculty-student and faculty-faculty collaboration on scholarly initiatives; and 3) to contribute to York University’s Faculty of Health’s advancement and initiatives from local to global levels.


Call for Papers for Special INYI Journal Issue: Anti-racism activism, scholarship, polity and praxis: Focus on youth inclusion and integration

The International Network on Youth Integration (INYI) is a virtual and international network of scholars, emerging scholars, and policy and practice leaders from across disciplines and sectors. The INYI Journal is seeking submissions for its Special issue. Click here to see details: INYI Journal Call for Papers on Anti-Racism


Request for published or grey literature: Mental health support of racialized women at risk of gender-based violence during the covid-19 pandemic.

We are conducting a rapid synthesis of literature to inform trauma-informed mental health care for racialized women at risk of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic’s response and recovery phases.

We are asking service providers, researchers, and members of the community, who know of any mental health reports, guidelines, or any type of mental health literature on gender-based violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic to please email us with details so we can include the sources in our review of available information. See flyer: Request for literature CIHR Racialized Women GBV COVID-19

Please email Luz Maria Vazquez at: owhchair@yorku.ca


Project Video: Mothering at the Margins: Towards an equity-based health promotion framework for racialized mothers of children with developmental disabilities


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