Investigators & Research Associates

GSHI Research Scientists

Shira Goldenberg, PhD, is a Research Scientist with the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and an Assistant Professor in the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Health Sciences. With the support of a prestigious Fulbright award, Dr. Goldenberg received her PhD in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, where she specialized in global health. Her research aims to improve sexual health and access to healthcare for marginalized populations, including migrants, sex workers, and women living with HIV in Canada, Latin America, and other international settings. Read more

Dr. Goldenberg's research employs qualitative, mixed-methods, social epidemiological, spatial and community-based research approaches. She is passionate about conducting community-based research to reduce health and social inequities faced by marginalized communities. Her work is informed by advisory support and partnerships with sex work, HIV prevention, and women's organizations in the communities where she works (e.g. Vancouver, Guatemala.) 

Currently, Dr. Goldenberg's research largely focuses on the unique health, safety and human rights issues faced by migrant and refugee/internally displaced sex workers and women living with HIV, who often experience intense barriers to health access due to criminalization, stigma, social isolation, and language barriers. She is the Principal Investigator of of a study to inform prevention, treatment, and care for HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis for migrant sex workers in Vancouver. Dr. Goldenberg also leads and collaborates on a number of projects focused on addressing the health and safety of migrant, refugee and internally displaced women involved in sex work in Mexico, Guatemala, and Uganda. Her research is supported by operating funds from the Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the University of California. 

 

Andrea Krüsi, PhD, is a Research Scientist with the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Krüsi’s work focuses broadly on the criminalization of sexuality, with a particular focus on how intersecting social and structural contexts, such as laws and policies, shape the health, safety, and well-being of marginalized women. Read more

Using qualitative and ethnographic methods, Dr. Krüsi’s doctoral research focused on how prohibitive sex work laws, evolving policing strategies, and sex work-related stigma shaped experiences of violence and poor health among street-based sex workers in Metro Vancouver. This work garnered significant attention from policymakers and media outlets. It was cited several times during the 2013 Supreme Court of Canada hearings regarding the constitutionality of Canada’s sex work laws and was referred to repeatedly in the hearings of the Parliamentary justice committee and the Senate committee regarding the reform of Canadian prostitution laws in 2014.

Dr. Krüsi leads the community-based participatory qualitative and arts-based research program at GSHI. Her community-based participatory research program focuses on evaluating the impact of evolving legislative frameworks and criminal sanctions on the health and well-being of marginalized women. The aim is to (1) document the intersecting gendered lived experiences of evolving legislative frameworks (e.g., Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure) on health and social inequities among marginalized women and (2) characterize trajectories of incarceration and community reintegration of women living with or affected by HIV to identify factors that influence access to social supports and HIV prevention and care during and after incarceration. This research is guided by a peer advisory board, as well as longstanding collaborations with a wide variety of community organizations including Sex Workers United Against Violence, Positive Women’s Network, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Pivot Legal Society.

Dr. Krüsi’s research is supported by operating funds from the Vancouver Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as well as postdoctoral fellowships from CIHR and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

 

Tara Lyons, PhD, is a Research Scientist with the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and a faculty member in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Dr. Lyons' research explores the relationships between health, gender, sexuality, and the criminalization of sex work and drug use. She is currently leading research projects on the experiences of queer women and trans persons in drug use and sex work environments using a variety of methods, including ethnography, photography, and quantitative analysis. Read more

Dr. Lyons has worked extensively within social justice activism, including prison justice and drug policy reform. She served as the executive director of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy for three years. Her research program has been developed to document the effects of criminalization on the health of marginalized populations and to shape relevant social, legal, and policy reforms. Her PhD research examining Ottawa's drug treatment court informed witness presentations and briefs to the Justice and Human Rights Parliamentary Committee and the Senate Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs as they deliberated mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses legislation. Dr. Lyons also co-authored the first legal report examining drug treatment courts in Canada with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Lyons has actively engaged in knowledge translation activities across academic, community, and policy settings. She has delivered over 75 presentations to researchers, community groups, students, and policymakers.

Dr. Lyons' work is supported by operating funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Her past work has been supported by CIHR, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and Carleton University. She was awarded the Canadian Association of HIV Research New Investigator award in Social Sciences and the Eve Frankel Kassirer Memorial Scholarship from Carleton University.

 

Investigators

Marie-Claude Boily, Professor of Mathematical Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, and Researcher in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London; Associate Researcher in the Population Health Research Unit at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec.

Philippe Bourgois, PhD, Medical Anthropologist and Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and of Family and Community Medicine, Schools of Medicine and Arts and Sciences, at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Hannah Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. 

Joanne Csete, PhD, Senior Program Officer of the Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations; Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. 

Kathleen Deering, PhD, is a medical student in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia.

Silvia Guillemi, MD, Director, Clinical Education and Training Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Assistant Director at John Rudey Immunodeficiency Clinic.

Sandra Ka Hon Chu, LLM, Senior Policy Analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

Thomas Kerr, PhD, Co-Director of the BC Centre for Substance Use at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of AIDS at the University of British Columbia. 

Mary Kestler, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia; physician with Oak Tree Clinic.

Carmen Logie, PhD, Assistant Professor Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; Adjunct Scientist at Women's College Research Institute. 

Charlotte Loppie, PhD, Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy and Director of the Aboriginal Health Research Centre at the University of Victoria. 

Dr. Lisa Maher, PhD, Program Head at the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity; National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow; Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at University of New South Wales, Australia. 

Deborah MoneyMD, FRCSC, Director of Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital; Executive Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia; Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, and the School of Population and Public Health.

Julio S. G. Montaner, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia; Endowed Chair in AIDS Research at St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia; Head of the Division of AIDS in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. 

Gina Ogilvie, MD, MSc, FCFP, DrPH, Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia; Medical Director of Clinical Prevention Services at the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Katrina Pacey, LLM, MA, Executive Director at Pivot Legal Society.

Thomas Patterson, PhD, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Neora Pick, MD, FRCPC, Medical Director of the Oak Tree Clinic; Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia.

Tim Rhodes, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sociology and Director of the Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Jeanne Shoveller, PhD, Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.

Steffanie A. Strathdee, PhD, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Matthew Taylor, BSW, Program Manager, HUSTLE at Health Initiative for Men.

Evan Wood, MD, PhD, ABIM, FRCOC, Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of AIDS, at the University of British Columbia; Co-Director of the BC Centre for Substance Use at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.