Sarah Romans, MB, ChB, MD, FRCPC

Sarah Romans
Social Psychiatrist,
The Centre for Research in Women’s Health (CRWH)

Sarah Romans is an academic social psychiatrist who has worked in mental health services, both inpatient and outpatient, for more than 30 years. In 2001, Romans was appointed to the first Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research at University of Toronto . In addition to her role as Chair, Romans has a staff appointment in Psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and is Consultant Staff in Psychiatry at University Health Network (UHN) and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She moved from New Zealand, where she had been at the University of Otago Medical School, to take up this appointment.

Romans’ research activities have focused on mood disorders and the psychosocial determinants of women’s mental health. She is principal investigator of two CIHR grants, one investigating gender differences in depression using the Canadian Community Health Survey 1.2 and the other studying the association of mood changes with physical health, perceived stress, social support and menstrual cycles. She currently runs an outpatient assessment clinic for women with mood disorders, within the Reproductive Life Stages program at Women’s College Ambulatory Care Centre.

Telephone: 416-351-3740

Selected Publications

  • Romans SE, Seeman MV (eds.). Women’s Mental Health: A Life-Cycle Approach (Baltimore: Lippincott Wilkins & Williams), 2005.
  • Cohen MM, Forte T, Du Mont J, Hyman I, & Romans SE. Intimate partner violence among Canadian women with activity limitations. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2005; 59:834-9.
  • Du Mont JA, Forte T, Cohen MM, Hyman I, Romans SE. Changing help-seeking rates for intimate partner violence in Canada. Women and Health. 2005; 41(1); 1-19.
  • Romans SE, Dawson J, Mullen R, Gibbs A. How mental health clinicians view Community Treatment Orders: A national New Zealand survey. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2004; 38:836-841.

See publications by Sarah Romans on PubMed.