Dr. Cecilia Benoit

Dr. Cecilia Benoit

See also: Cecilia's dedicated research site: understandingsexwork.ca

About Cecilia

Cecilia Benoit is a scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC). Apart from research focused on the occupation of midwifery and the organization of maternity care in Canada and internationally, she is involved in a variety of projects that employ mixed methodologies to investigate the health of different vulnerable groups, including Aboriginal women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, young people confronting health stigmas linked to obesity and asthma, street-involved youth in transition to adulthood, workers in lower-prestige service occupations, adults in the sex industry, and pregnant and early parenting women dealing with addiction and other challenges.

Cecilia Benoit 2016 Governor General's Award

In 2016, Cecilia was honoured with a Governor General's Award in Commenoration of the Persons Case for her “outstanding contribution to the goal of equality for women and girls in Canada.” (Photos: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, and Status of Women Canada)

Cecilia has received numerous awards for her scholarship and community outreach activities. Most recently, she was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize (2022) received the Killam Prize in Social Sciences (2020), was named CIHR's senior researcher Trailblazer Award in Population and Public Health Research (2020), received a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship (2018), was honoured with a UVic Provost's Engaged Scholar award (2017) and Governor General's Award in Commenoration of the Persons Case (2016).  She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2013) and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2013). She is currently leading two CIHR-funded projects that adopt an intersectionality lens: “Team grant on contexts of vulnerabilities, resiliencies and care among people in the sex industry” and “Interventions to promote health and healthy equity for pregnant and early parenting women facing substance use and other challenges.”

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