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Janice Du Mont, EdD

Senior Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Director, Collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health, University of Toronto

Professor Janice Du Mont, EdD, an applied psychologist, leads an interdisciplinary program of research to address the global pandemic of gender-based violence, with a focus on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse.

Professor Du Mont has developed multiple programs of research to enhance Ontario’s hospital-based response to victims of violence in partnership with Sheila Macdonald of the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care and Treatment Centres (SA/DVTCs). For example, because of their study on HIV medications to prevent infection after potential exposure to the virus, sexual assault survivors across the province now have access to HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) medication. Their findings on drugging and sexual assault were translated into new standards of care across the province.

More recently, they co-led a study on how diverse individuals used sexual assault and domestic violence services and how satisfied they were with the services. Participants included adolescents, young adults, male victims, those living with a disability, Indigenous women and girls, and the non-offending guardians of children. Professor Du Mont is now developing approaches to address the needs of abused older adults with her collaborators through the Elder Abuse Intervention Project.

Professor Du Mont has extensive expertise in working with large data sets focused on victimization and a growing record of accomplishment in educational innovation and development. She collaborated with Robin Mason, PhD and Sheila Macdonald to develop and implement two curricula for health care providers: one in the care and treatment of sexual assault survivors, and another on addressing past sexual assault in clinical settings.

Professor Du Mont has also served as an advisor to a World Health Organization initiative to document the criminalization of sexual violence across regions. In 2007, Professor Du Mont and her colleague Dr. Deborah White completed a global review of the impacts and uses of medico-legal evidence in sexual assault cases for the World Health Organization and Sexual Violence Research Initiative of the Global Forum for Health Research. A summary of this document is also available.

Select Awards

  • Vision Award, International Association of Forensic Nurses (2013)
  • Mentor Award, Women’s College Research Institute (2013)
  • New Investigator Award from the Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2006-2008)

Publications

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Education

EdD. Applied Psychology, University of Toronto, 1999

MEd. Applied Psychology, University of Toronto, 1993

Areas of Interest

Gender-based violence

Elder abuse

Health policy

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)