Women’s Experiences in Recovery: Research Edition
#MentalHealthMonday Recovery Education Session

With Onawa Labelle and Kim Bernosky

Monday, June 17, 2024 @ 11:00 AM PT

Women’s Experiences in Recovery: Research Edition with Onawa Labelle and Kim Bernosky | #MentalHealthMonday Recovery Education Session

Last year, SHE RECOVERS® Foundation and our trusted advisors for grants and research, Dr. Kimberly Bernosky and Dr. Onawa LaBelle, together with Canisius College, launched a research study to identify how women think about and experience recovery. The study was to examine women’s experiences in recovery from a myriad of life challenges including but not limited to trauma, substance use, grief and loss, eating disorders, burnout and moral injury, love addiction, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

In this #MentalHealthMonday Recovery Education Series session, Drs. LaBelle and Bernosky will share the initial research findings on who is utilizing SHE RECOVERS and how their participation within the SHE RECOVERS Community impacts their recovery.

Researchers Onawa and Kim will discuss the survey’s initial findings and will…

  • Provide an overview of the participant demographics
  • Discuss what guided most people to get involved with the organization
  • Share how participating within the SHE RECOVERS community may be improving participant’s overall quality of life
  • Explore how SHE RECOVERS resources may contribute to an individual’s recovery capital

We will also discuss other outcomes from the survey and speak to the importance of the findings.

Join us LIVE for a Q & A session following the presentation.



Dr. Onawa LaBelle is an associate professor of psychology and the founder/faculty advisor to Lancers Recover (the first on-campus student recovery support program) at the University of Windsor and is a collaborating scientist at Homewood Research Institute in Ontario, Canada. She is a person with lived experience with addiction, utilizing a variety of methods to support her recovery since 2005. Dr. LaBelle earned her PhD and MA from the University of Michigan and BA from Smith College, all in Psychology. In addition, she trained in research methods at Harvard Medical School, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

In her scholarly work, Dr. LaBelle draws heavily upon positive psychology and her lived experience to study recovery from alcohol and substance use disorder. Her recent projects include examining online recovery meetings during COVID-19, women’s relationship experiences in early recovery, and a Buddhist-based approach to recovery from addiction. Dr. LaBelle’s research is informed by her personal journey and her commitment to finding innovative ways to support individuals in recovery. She regularly lectures on recovery, adult attachment, intimate relationships, and the benefits of gratitude to bring her research topics and findings to the public.

University of Windsor ResearchGate Site



Kimberly Bernosky, PhD, is a Canisius University Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies and Medical Sciences Coordinator and a research scientist studying the neurobiology of addiction. Dr. Bernosky is the “basic scientist” on the faculty. She began her academic career by studying the brain and behavior, and today she continues her scholarly work studying addiction and recovery. Her focus on the brain and behavior began with a BA in Psychology and an MA in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo. Throughout her academic studies, she focused on the study of the effects of drugs on the brain and understanding the mechanism of addiction.

She began her career in higher education when she moved back to her native Buffalo in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Bernosky’s teaching experience ranges from introductory-level anatomy and physiology to doctoral-level advanced physiology and pathology. Dr. Bernosky serves as the Coordinator of Medical Sciences, overseeing education in Pharmacotherapeutics, as well as foundational anatomy and physiology. Dr. Bernosky continues to publish within the field of neuropharmacology and continues her scholarly work on addiction, recovery, and neurological and physiologic correlates of aging in autistic adults.

Canisius University Faculty and Staff Site


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The SHE RECOVERS Foundation Weekly #MentalHealthMonday Educational Series is composed of hour-long, live, recovery-focused educational sessions featuring today’s leaders in women’s wellness, mental health, and addiction recovery.

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