Stefanie Rezansoff is one of just two Canadian postdoctoral fellows to receive a L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship, which recognizes and supports female researchers.

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SFU postdoctoral researcher wins major fellowship

November 27, 2018
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Stefanie Rezansoff’s interest in enhancing the quality of life for people living with severe mental illness and concurrent substance dependence has attracted attention from UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation.

She is one of just two Canadian postdoctoral fellows to receive a L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship, which recognizes and supports female researchers. It is the latest in a long list of accolades for Rezansoff.

“Receiving the L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship was a huge surprise,” she says. “I am very grateful to have the importance of my research affirmed by such a prestigious organization, and as part of the broader UNESCO agenda.”

During her PhD studies, she worked as a research assistant with professor Julian Somers’ research group, where she was exposed to a variety of issues surrounding mental illness, addiction, crime, security, and human displacement. The experience led to her interest in studying adherence to prescribed medication for severe mental illnesses.

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