Shree Mulay is the Associate Dean of the Community Health and Humanities Division in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Prior to coming to MUN, she was a professor in the Department of Medicine, McGill University and on staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital as the assistant director of the Endocrinology and Clinical Biochemistry Laboratories. She is the former director of the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (1996-2007).
Shree obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry Honours from Delhi University, India, and her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University. Shree’s basic research has been on role of hormones in the regulation of fetal development and electrolyte fluid balance during diabetic pregnancy; Shree’s more recent research has focused women’s health; one such project on “Informed Consent and Contraceptive Trials: Implications for Human Rights of Women” investigated the experiences of women with non-surgical sterilization method and their understanding of informed consent. Shree has published about 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, several reviews and chapters in books. She has also written several op-ed pieces for newspapers and magazines and on refugees and immigrants and women’s health and new reproductive technologies. In 2007 she co-edited a book with Jackie Kirk on “Women building peace between India and Pakistan” (Anthem Press).
She was part of the Canadian delegation to the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994 and to the Cairo + 5 meetings at the United Nations in New York in June 1999. She was interviewed for the documentary films “The Human Laboratory, made by BBC in 1995 and “The Pill” made for the Nature of Things, hosted by David Suzuki in 1999. She is frequently interviewed by the media on topics related to immigrant and refugee women, women’s health, new reproductive technologies etc.
Shree is a founding member of the South Asian Women’s Community Centre (SAWCC) in Montreal, started in 1981; she served in various capacities including president and treasurer. The Centre provides frontline services to immigrant and refugee women and in particular assists women facing conjugal violence. Shree serves on the board of Interpares a social justice International development organization based in Ottawa .Shree has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Y.W.C.A (1998). Woman of Distinction Award for the Advancement of Women and Prix Idola Saint-Jean (1997), Fédération des femmes du Québec and the distinguished service to women’s cause and the Humanitarian of the year award (2003), Indo-Canadian Chambers of Commerce.