Robin Mason, PHD

Robin Mason, seen from the chest up, wearing a white floral shirt, and long brown, wavy hair

Scientist, Women’s College Hospital Research and Innovation Institute
Co-Founding Director, Addressing Sex Trafficking through Education and Research (ASTER)
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Robin Mason, seen from the chest up, wearing a white floral shirt, and long brown, wavy hair

Intimate partner violence has been consistently identified as one of the most common forms of violence against women in Canada. Despite the widespread prevalence of this issue, victims and survivors continue to experience enormous shame, stigma and misunderstanding about their experiences, including when they seek healthcare services. For nearly 20 years, Robin Mason, PhD, has worked to increase knowledge about the health impacts and how to provide appropriate, sensitive care to those who have been physically or psychologically abused by their spouse or partner.

Mason has developed a number of educational tools and contributed to diverse provincial and national practice guidelines with the intent of improving healthcare practices and services for women who have experienced intimate partner violence and sexual assault. In collaboration with experts across the province, she has created a number of evidence-informed, interactive online curricula to help healthcare providers recognize and respond to women who have experienced violence. The online curricula now includes four distinct programs including making connections between domestic violence, mental health and substance use, addressing past sexual assault in clinical settings, and recognizing and responding to the commonly misunderstood reactions to sexual assault. Approximately 20,000 individuals have accessed these online educational programs, leading to improvements in the care that women receive from their healthcare providers.

Mason is also the co-Founding Director, Addressing Sex Trafficking through Education and Research (ASTER)

PhD, Applied Psychology, University of Toronto, 1997

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

MA, English, York University

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

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Healthcare system response to intimate partner violence
  • Sex and gender in health research
  • Women’s health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Qualitative research, collaboration, reflective practice
  • Participatory action research