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The Benoit lab conducts community engaged and priority driven transdisciplinary Indigenous health research. We focus on Indigenous peoples and specifically Indigenous women with diverse experiences from living with HIV to  mental health concerns ranging from stress to substance use with the goal to impact their determinants of health and the systems influencing their health and wellbeing.


Anita C. Benoit, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Department of Health and Society, Scarborough Campus

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, St. George Campus

Adjunct Scientist, Women's College Research Institute, Women's College Hospital

I am Mi’kmaw and French Acadian with family living in Esgenoopetitj First Nation and Brantville, New Brunswick. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa and my M.Sc. from Dalhousie University, both in Microbiology and Immunology. I obtained a M.Sc. from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto while conducting my postdoctoral fellowship at Women's College Research Institute, Women's College Hospital.

Research Interests

My research interests include Indigenous women’s health, health of racialized individuals, HIV pathogenesis, intervention research, health service outcomes and evaluation, chronic stress and mental health, harm reduction and determinants of health.​


Quelch J, Jackson R, Toombs E, Robinson M, Serghides L, Aker A, Gauvin H, Sinoway C, Barkman L, Mushquash C, Gesink D,

Amirault M, Benoit AC. 2023. Evaluating facilitators' experience delivering a stress-reducing intervention for Indigenous women with and without HIV. Health & Social Care in the Community, vol 2023. doi: 10.1155/2023/9219287

Simon D, Burns N, Hunter-Porter NR, Lanceleve T, Prefontaine N, Herkimer J, Roan S, Auger J, Benoit AC, Morton Ninomiya M, Morton Ninomiya ME, Bourque Bearskin ML. 2023. Embodied in Indigenous research: How indigeneity, positionality, and relationality contribute to research approaches and understanding. Healthy Populations Journal, 3(1): 30-43. doi: 10.15273/hpj.v3i1.11475

Lin JC, Toombs E, Sanders C, Sinoway C, Amirault M, Mushquash CJ, Barkman L, Young M, Deschamps M, Gauvin H, Benoit AC. 2023. Looking beyond the individual – the importance of accessing health and cultural services for Indigenous women in Thunder Bay, Ontario. PLOS One, March 1, 2023. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0282484

Aker A, Serghides L, Cotnam C, Jackson R, Robinson M, Gauvin H, Mushquash C, Gesink D, Amirault M, Benoit AC. 2023. The impact of a culturally-grounded community-based stress management intervention on stress biomarker levels and mental health indicators in an Indigenous community. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Jan 18 doi: 10.1007/s10865-023-00391-0

Roher SIG, Yu Z, Martin DH, Benoit AC. 2022. Limits and possibilities: Understanding and conveying Two-Eyed Seeing through conventional academic practices. Healthy Populations Journal, 2(2): 13-18. doi: 10.15273/hpj.v2i2.11295 

Aker A, Whitworth KW, Bosson-Rieutort D, Wendling G, Ibrahim A, Verner MA, Benoit AC, Caron-Beaudoin É. 2022. Proximity and density of unconventional natural gas wells and mental illness and substance use among pregnant women: an exploratory study in Canada. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 242: 113962. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2022.113962

Lee RS, Brown HK, Salih S*, Benoit AC. 2022. Systematic review of Indigenous involvement and content in mental health interventions and their effectiveness for Indigenous populations. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 56(10): 1230-1251. doi: 10.1177/00048674221089837

Kodeeswaran J, Campaigne M. Benoit AC. 2022. “I'll struggle, and I'll fall…I'll have my days, but it's okay” Indigenous women surviving the sixties scoop. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 13(1). doi: 10.18584/iipj.2022.13.1.13570

Moses C, Brown HK, Prabhakar P, Eltayeb N, Benoit AC. 2022. Systematic review of interventions addressing suicide among Indigenous adults and reporting Indigenous-specific content and involvement in the interventions. AlterNative 18(3): 445-454. doi: 10.1177/11771801221117164

Contact Information

Department of Health and Society
HL230, Highland Hall


University of Toronto Scarborough

1265 Military Trail

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, M1C 1A4

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