Professor Benoit is Mi’kmaq from the Esgenoopetitj First Nation and French Acadian from Brantville, New Brunswick. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa, her M.Sc. from Dalhousie University in Microbiology and Immunology and a M.Sc. from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in Health Services Research. Her research interests include Indigenous women’s health, HIV pathogenesis, intervention research, health service outcomes and evaluation, chronic stress and mental health and determinants of health.