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Our team of clinicians, researchers, trainees, and stakeholders are working together to shed light on the emotional struggles related to infertility.  

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Dr. Jennifer Gordon (she/her)

Director of the

Women's Mental Health Research Unit

Dr. Gordon is a Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina, and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canada Research Chair in Women’s Mental Health. Her work is dedicated to advancing the identification, prevention, and treatment of mental health conditions disproportionately affecting women and individuals assigned female at birth. 

A list of Jennifer's publications can be found on Google Scholar

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Ashley Balsom (she/her)

Doctoral Student

Ms. Balsom is interested in exploring evidence-based interventions adapted for women experiencing infertility, exploring women's coping and resiliency when experiencing infertility, and the influence of infertility on sexual function. She is dedicated to exploring not only the impact of reproductive experiences on genders experiencing marginalization but also identifying protective and resiliency factors. Ms. Balsom is currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral fellow.  

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Maria Halleran (she/her)

Masters Student

Maria Halleran is a Masters Student in Clinical Psychology. Her research investigates the efficacy of a self-help Mindful Self-Compassion intervention in improving the psychological distress often associated with experiencing infertility. Maria’s Masters thesis is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Saskatchewan Center for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR). Maria is interested in the incorporation of mindfulness techniques in therapeutic interventions and employs these strategies in her research and clinical work. Through her time at the Women’s Mental Health Research Unit, Maria has been able to further pursue these passions.

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Sonia’s research focuses on exploring the needs and experiences of members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community as they navigate family-building. Having just completed her B.A. Honours in Psychology, she is currently building on her thesis research in this area. Sonia is interested in pursuing a career in human services and is exploring her next steps on this path.

Sonia Stanger (she/her)

Honours Student

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Andreea Ababei (she/her)

Research Coordinator

Andreea has been research coordinator for the pilot study of the Coping with Infertility Program, a self-help intervention aimed to target the unique challenges individuals may face when struggling to conceive. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Andreea is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and she hopes to implement what she has learned in the lab and her passions for women’s health into her future practice.

Meet The Patient-Partners

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Marie

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Erin

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Leah

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Amanda

Are you interested in contributing to our research as a patient partner?

We include individuals who have experience with infertility on our research team to guide our research questions and provide important feedback on our work. We are always on the look for new people to join our team. If you are interested, leave us a message using the form below.

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