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Robin Mason, PhD

Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto 
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Scientific Lead, Women’s Xchange

Robin Mason, PhD, is a qualitative researcher interested in knowledge translation and participatory action projects that address issues of violence against women. She has developed a number of educational tools and contributed to diverse provincial and national practice guidelines with the intent of improving health care practices and services for women who have experienced gendered violence or abuse, particularly intimate partner violence. She is also the scientific lead of Women’s Xchange, a women’s health knowledge translation and exchange centre at Women’s College Hospital designed to promote the development of women’s health research across the province and the integration of a sex and gender lens in all health research.

In collaboration with experts from across the province, and with funding from the province of Ontario, Mason and colleagues have developed a number of evidence-informed, interactive, online curricula. “DV in Clinical Settings” was designed to help health care providers recognize and respond to women who have experienced domestic or intimate partner violence. Some 9,000 health care providers accessed the online modules and learned how to provide appropriate, nonjudgmental care to victims.

Mason led development of a second curriculum designed to alert front-line practitioners to the links between mental health issues, substance abuse and gendered intimate partner violence. “Making Connections: When Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and Substance Use Problems Co-Occur” was developed with input from more than 300 frontline service providers from across Ontario, as well as women with lived experience of these issues. More than 1000 individuals took part in the program’s workshop and many more accessed the text manual and online modules.

In collaboration with Professor Janice Du Mont, EdD, and Sheila Macdonald, the provincial coordinator of the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care and Treatment Centres (SATC), Mason also developed a series of educational modules for health-care providers on how to best support women who disclose past experiences of sexual violence, “Responding to Disclosures of Past Sexual Assault.”

With these same partners, Mason is currently working on a curriculum about the common but less well understood impacts of sexual assault on a woman’s behaviours, emotions, and psychological well-being. The online curriculum should be completed early in 2019.

These curricula can be found on the website www.DVeducation.ca.

Select Awards

  • Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International, Excellence in Education Award (2012)
  • Women's College Hospital's Excellence in Education: Teacher/Educator Award (2011)


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PhD, Applied Psychology, University of Toronto, 1997

M.Ed., Applied Psychology (Counselling), University of Toronto, 1990

MA, English, York University

Areas of Interest

Intimate partner violence

Sex and gender in health research

Women's health

Mental health

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)