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Women’s Health and Wellbeing Lab


Led by Dr. Paula Barata, The Research Facility for Women’s Health and Wellbeing examines the psychosocial factors that shape and impact the experiences of women.  Currently, the research group is particularly active in the areas of sexual and physical violence against women. More specifically, the research projects include: implementing a sexual violence prevention program; investigating sexual coercion in intimate relationships; examining the role of self-compassion, shame, and self-blame in survivors of intimate partner violence; studying housing discrimination against battered women; evaluating a program for children who have witnessed intimate partner violence; and evaluating a girls empowerment camp.  Our research group uses a wide range of methods and approaches to research including qualitative and quantitative methods, and traditional, community-engaged, and feminist methodologies.

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  • International Women’s Day Conference
    Call for Abstracts: Honouring International Women’s Day Conference!

    ​The Research Facility for Women’s Health and Wellbeing at the University of Guelph is hosting a FREE two-day interdisciplinary conference in honour of International Women’s Day. It will be held on March 6th and 7th, 2020 in the University Center room 442 from 9:30am-3pm and we invite you to submit an abstract!

  • Save the date: International Women’s Day Conference 2020

    The Research Facility for Women’s Health and Wellbeing in the Psychology Department at the University of Guelph is hosting a FREE, interdisciplinary,  two-day conference honouring International Women’s Day. The theme this year is Research & Revolt and we are inviting students from across Ontario! The conference will be a two-day event: Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th, 2020, so mark your calendars! There will be free food and excellent speakers, and you are welcome to come and go throughout the two days.