Dr. Beverley Chalmers has been involved in international and national women's health research, health promotion, and teaching, for most of her career. Her primary area of interest is the broad field of global women's and children's health from psycho-social and multicultural perspectives in combination with clinical excellence. Her work embraces the perspectives of international development agencies, multidisciplinary care-giving professionals and families of diverse cultures. She has over three decades of academic experience; over 235 publications in the field of global women's and children's health; and has given over 425 presentations, world-wide, on this subject.
Dr. Chalmers is currently Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Ottawa. Her academic background (BA Hons, MA and PhD) is in the field of Medical/Health Psychology. In 1999 she earned the senior doctoral degree of DSc (Med) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa for her contributions to the field of ‘Multicultural Childbirth' over an 18 year period of post-doctoral research.
She has played an active role in Global and International Maternal and Child Health Promotion. In 1991, she acted as Coordinator of the Women and Children's Health Unit at the World Health Organization (WHO). She has also served as a short-term consultant on appropriate obstetric care and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative for such agencies as WHO, UNICEF, PAHO, Medicine Sans Frontières, the Norwegian Board of Health, the Academy for Educational Development, the Open Society Foundation, Save the Children and the Ministry of Health, Moldova on 140 Women's and Children's Health missions, in over 25 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States of the former Soviet Union, the Central Asian Republics, Africa and Latin America.
She has conducted large scale or national surveys of women's (and sometimes men's) perceptions of their perinatal experiences in South Africa - amongst Black, Indian, Caucasian and mixed cultural origin women - as well as in Russia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Lithuania. She served as the Co-Chair of the Maternity Experiences Survey conducted by the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System at PHAC that implemented a similar Canadian national survey. She was also instrumental in facilitating the PROBIT Trial (The Promotion of Breastfeeding Intervention Trial) in Belarus that has had a significant impact on setting standards for infant feeding globally.
Dr. Chalmers has received numerous awards for her professional contributions. She has been a member of the SOGC since 1994 and is currently an SOGC International Women's Health Ambassador.
Dr. Beverley Chalmers