• Hanley, Gillian


    Affiliate Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations

    BSc, MA, PhD

    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    (604) 875-4273
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    Room 6207A
    2275 Laurel Street
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas

    My research uses ‘big data’ to identify ways to improve the patient experience, improve population health and reduce health care costs in the area of women’s reproductive health.

    My research aims to improve women's reproductive health in three different areas: 1) Improving safe prescribing and treatment for women suffering from mental health conditions during the perinatal period in order to improve both their health and the health of their infants and children; 2) Improving prevention of gynecologic cancers, and; 3) Improving the provision of health care during pregnancy, labour and delivery.
    Current Projects

    Ovarian cancer prevention: I study whether removing a woman’s fallopian tubes at the time of other routine gynecologic surgeries is a safe, effective and cost-effective ovarian cancer prevention strategy. I will also study whether sending all women diagnosed with a certain type of ovarian cancer for genetic testing will help us identify and intervene to prevent future cancers among younger generations of women in British Columbia.

    Prescription drug use during pregnancy: I am examining the safety of using psychotropic medicines during pregnancy—specifically whether using antidepressants during pregnancy may increase a child’s risk for autism spectrum disorder.

    Selected Publications

    Hanley GE, Smolina K, Mintzes B, Oberlander TF, Morgan S. Postpartum hemorrhage and use of serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants during pregnancy. 2016 Obstetrics & Gynecology. DOI 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001200 PMID: 26855096 

    Hanley GE, McAlpine JN, Kwon JS, Mitchell G. Opportunistic salpingectomy for ovarian cancer prevention. 2015 Gynecologic Oncology Research and Practice 2(5) DOI 10.1186/s40661-015-0014-1 

    Hanley GE, Brain U, Oberlander TF. Prenatal exposure to serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant and childhood behaviors. Pediatric Research. 2015 78: 174-180. PMID: 25897539

    Hanley GE, Mintzes B. Patterns of psychotropic medicine use in pregnancy in the United States from 2006 to 2011 among women with private insurance. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2014 14:242 PMID: 25048574

    McAlpine JN, Hanley GE, Woo MM, Tone AA, Rozenberg N, Swenerton KD, Finlayson SJ, Huntsman DG, Miller DM. Opportunistic salpingectomy: Uptake, risks and complications of a regional initiative for ovarian cancer prevention. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2014 210(5):471.e1-471.e11 PMID: 24412119  

    Hanley GE, Janssen PA. Ethnicity-specific birth weight distributions improve identification of term newborns at risk for short-term morbidity. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2013 209(5):428.e1-428.e6 PMID: 23816839

    Hanley GE, Brain U, Oberlander TF. Infant developmental outcomes following prenatal exposure to antidepressants, maternal depressed mood and positive affect. Early Human Development. 2013 89(8):519-524. PMID: 23384962

    Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute Grant - Project: "A population-based assessment of an ovarian cancer prevention program" (2014-2017)  

    CIHR Operating Grant - Project: "Developmental origins of autism: A population level linked data study of prenatal antidepressant exposure" (2013-2016)

    Honours & Awards
    Research Group Members

    Nimisha Arora, Masters (Trainee)
    Celeste Bickford, PhD (Trainee)
    Jenny Fairthorne, Postdoctoral Fellow (Trainee)