Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best
Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best is a public health researcher with a specialization in mental health and whose work focuses on communities in Canada and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and conducted her dissertation research on Black women’s experiences of maternal depression in Barbados. Following this, Dr. Jackson-Best took an appointment as a Global Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa and conducted a cross analysis of mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and physical disability stigma with a focus on interventions and intersectionality frameworks. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as BMC Public Health, JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, Gender and Education, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies.
Dr. Jackson-Best also does research consultancy work in Canada and the Caribbean.
Tiyondah Fante-Coleman recently completed her MA in Community Psychology (2019) and her B.Sc. in Health Sciences (2016) at Wilfrid Laurier University. Passionate about social justice and health equity, her research interests include exploring access to health care, mental health, and the behavioural and cultural influences of sexuality, especially among racialized and minority populations.
Tiyondah’s past research has focused on access to healthcare for African, Caribbean, and Black residents of Waterloo Region, HIV vulnerability in youth and the experiences of burnout and mental illness among Black women who work in the health sector. She continues to exercise her passion for advocacy and knowledge-building through her volunteer work with Stand Up for Health, an interactive workshop designed to inform policy makers and health stakeholders on the Social Determinants of Health
In 2019, Melissa Booker completed her MHE at the University of Waterloo, following the completion of her BA in Health Studies at the University of Toronto, St. George campus. To fulfill her graduate requirements, Melissa completed her practicum at the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario and obtained a teaching assistantship for the Foundations for Program Evaluation course (HLTH614). Her core research interests include: mental health and access to culturally safe care, as well as sexual health epidemiology and access to appropriate sexual health and reproductive care for 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
Melissa’s undergraduate research focused on the barriers to the utilization of sexual health care services faced by women who have sex with women living in Canada. She then began working as a research assistant at St. Michael’s hospital with the Centre for Global Health Research, supporting large-scale epidemiological studies that aimed to prevent mortality and improve health outcomes in lower and middle-income countries. Today, she continues to strengthen her research skills and demonstrate her commitment to health equity and social justice by volunteering at CANVAS Arts Action Programs, an arts-based not-for-profit organization that promotes the unlearning of gender-based violence, sexual violence, homophobia, and transphobia.
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