Lesley was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2017-2018 with the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families project. She holds a PhD from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, with a focus on research examining the experience of women with physical disabilities during perinatal and early motherhood periods.Her broader program of research focuses on the reproductive/perinatal/maternal and mental health marginalized populations of women, notably sexual minority women and women with disabilities. Lesley holds an MA in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) in History and Women’s Studies from Bishop’s University. Since 2010, Lesley has been a member of the Re:searching for LGBTQ Health team, led by Dr. Lori Ross at the University of Toronto. For more information about Lesley’s research, visit



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Select Recent Publications

Legge, M.M., Tarasoff, L., Flanders, C., Taha, R. & Robinson, M. (2018). A Critical Examination of Online News Media Representations of Bisexual Women Who Use Cannabis. Journal of Bisexuality.

Tarasoff, L.A., Milligan, K., Le, T.L.,  Usher, A.M., & Urbanoski, K. (2018). Integrated treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women with problematic substance use: Service descriptions and client perceptions of care. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment90, 9-18.

Ross, L.E., Salway, T., Tarasoff, L.A., MacKay, J.M., Hawkins, B.W., & Fehr, C.P. (2017).  Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety Among Bisexual People Compared to Gay, Lesbian, and Heterosexual Individuals: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The Journal of Sex Research, 55(4-5), 435-456.
Ross, L.E., Tarasoff, L.A., Goldberg, A.E., & Flanders, C.E. (2017). Pregnant Plurisexual Women’s Sexual and Relationship Histories across the Life Span: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Bisexuality, 17(3), 257-276.
Flanders, C.E., Tarasoff, L.A., Legge, M.M., Robinson, M., & Gos, G. (2017). Positive Identity Experiences of Young Bisexual and Other Nonmonosexual People: A Qualitative Inquiry. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(8), 1014-1032.
Tarasoff, L.A. (2016). “We Exist”: The Health and Well-Being of Sexual Minority Women and Trans People With Disabilities. In S.E. Miles-Cohen and C. Signore (Eds.), Eliminating Inequities for Women With Disabilities: An Agenda for Health and Wellness (pp. pp. 179-207). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
Kidd, S.A., Frederick, T., Tarasoff, L.A., Virdee, G., Lurie, S., Davidson, L., Morris, D., & McKenzie, K. (2016). Locating community among people with schizophrenia living in a diverse urban environment. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 19(2), 103-121.