Marina Morrow

Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

*Dr. Morrow is on leave from September 30th 2016 to March 31st 2017.


  • BA, Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • MA, Community Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto
  • PhD, Community Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto
  • Postdoctoral studies, Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, UBC and BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health


Dr. Morrow’s PhD is in Community Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. Dr. Morrow has taught in three Canadian universities, including at the University of British Columbia in the Gender, Race Sexuality and Social Justice Program. Before coming to SFU, Dr. Morrow also worked as a Research Associate with the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) at BC Women’s Hospital where she was head of a research program on women, mental health and health policy. Dr. Morrow is also a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC.

Research Interests

Dr. Morrow’s research interests are in critical health policy with foci on the following five themes: 1) Mental health reform, service provision and access to health services, 2) Mental health and social inequity, 3) Mental health, citizen engagement and social justice, 4) Neoliberal reforms, gender and health and, 5) feminist intersectional theory and approaches in mental health.The goals of her research are:

  • To better understand the social, political and institutional processes through which health and mental health policies and practices are developed and how social and health inequities are sustained or attenuated for different populations.
  • To develop interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research approaches to mental health services and policy research through unique research involvement models.
  • To contribute to the development of theoretical frameworks and new models for mental health policy and program development, with the goal of improving mental health care and mental health outcomes for diverse populations.

Dr. Morrow strongly supports public scholarship and collaborative research partnerships with community-based organizations, health care practitioners, advocates and policy decision makers. Her research has been published in a wide range of academic journals including, Studies for Social Justice, The Journal of Critical Social Policy and the Canadian Journal for Community Mental Health. She is a contributor to Menzies, R., Reaume, G., Lefrançois, Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies (Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2013) and lead editor with (Hankivky & Varcoe) of Women’s Health in Canada: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Policy (University of Toronto Press, 2007).

To learn more about Dr. Morrow’s research, please visit the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health and Strength in Unity.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Morrow’s teaching interests include; theorizing, researching and addressing health and social inequities, health and neoliberal reforms, gender, racialization, health and the body, historical conceptions of mental health and mental illness and critical engagement with feminist intersectional qualitative research methodologies in the sciences and social sciences.

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