About

The Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) aims to understand the influences of stigma and discrimination on health disparities of marginalized youth, including sexually exploited, street-involved, and LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning, and Two Spirit) youth. We use mixed-methods approaches to explore how stigma and trauma lead to mental health issues, problem coping strategies such as substance use, and barriers to health care; as well as, how protective factors (e.g., supportive relationships) can buffer the distress and trauma. In collaboration with youth and their communities, we develop interventions to improve health outcomes and equity for marginalized youth.
 

Since 2006, SARAVYC has been dedicated to identifying evidence-based strategies to reduce stigma and improve resilience among marginalized youth populations, and share those results with the public. We collaborate with health professionals, policy-makers, educators, service providers, and youth to produce evidence-based research that influences policy, practice, and health.
 

Vision: Improved health outcomes and health equity for marginalized youth across Canada and internationally.
 

Key Research Directions

 

  1. We document health and disparities among LGBTQ2S youth in diverse ethnocultural groups, with the intent to create culturally relevant interventions for families.
  2. We seek to understand and address factors that contribute to victimization and perpetration of sexual violence among youth.
  3. We partner with NGOs, schools, government, and community organizations to conduct independent evaluations to help improve health programs and policies.

 

Directory

Investigators

Elizabeth Saewyc

March 6, 2018

Executive Director, SARAVYC
Director & Professor, UBC School of Nursing
Research Director, McCreary Centre Society
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Staff

Jennifer Wolowic

March 6, 2018

Managing Director
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Investigators

Marla Eisenberg

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Adolescent Health and Medicine Adolescent Health and Medicine
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Investigators

Line Chamberland

March 20, 2018

Professor, Sexology Department, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Director, Stigma-Vulnerability-Resilience Research Team
Research Chair on Homophobia at UQAM
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Gilbert Emond

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, Concordia University
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André Grace

March 20, 2018

Professor, Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS)
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Sheila Marshall

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
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Tracey Peter

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
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Hilary Rose

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, Concordia University
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Kristopher Wells

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Associate Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services
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Annie Smith

March 20, 2018

Executive Director, McCreary Centre Society
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Richard Sullivan

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, UBC
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Lorraine Grieves

April 10, 2018

Provincial Program Director, TransCare BC
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Investigators

Dan Metzger

April 10, 2018

Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Endocrinologist, BC Children’s Hospital
Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology
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Jennifer Kryworuchko

April 10, 2018

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing
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Investigators

Michele Ybarra

April 10, 2018

President and Research Director, Center for Innovative Public Health Research
Associate Professor – Adjunct, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Christine Wekerle

April 10, 2018

Associate Professor, McMaster University Department of Pediatrics
Associate Member, Offord Centre for Child Studies
Associate Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry
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Jacqueline Gahagan

March 20, 2018

Professor, Dalhousie University
Head, Health Promotion Division, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
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Partners/Collaborators

Stephen Russell

March 20, 2018

Distinguished Professor, University of Texas
Fitch Nesbitt Endowed Chair in Family and Consumer Sciences
Director of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families
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Investigators

Catherine Taylor

March 20, 2018

Professor, Rhetoric and Communications and Faculty of Education, University of Winnipeg
Director of Academic Programs, Faculty of Education, University of Winnipeg
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Partners/Collaborators

Robb Travers

March 20, 2018

Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Partners/Collaborators

Ryan Watson

March 20, 2018

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
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Yuko Homma

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, Mukogawa Women’s University
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Partners/Collaborators

Terryann Clark

March 20, 2018

Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland NZ School of Nursing
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Partners/Collaborators

Anita DeLongis

March 20, 2018

Director, Centre for Health and Coping Studies
Associate Professor, Psychology, UBC
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Partners/Collaborators

Jaimie Veale

March 20, 2018

Lecturer, The University of Waikato
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Partners/Collaborators

John Oliffe

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UBC
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Partners/Collaborators

Colleen Poon

March 20, 2018

Research Associate, McCreary Centre Society
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Partners/Collaborators

Paddy Rodney

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing
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Partners/Collaborators

Jean Shoveller

March 20, 2018

Professor, School of Population & Public Health, UBC
Applied Public Health Chair in Improving Youth Sexual Health, CIHR
Senior Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
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Partners/Collaborators

Stephen Smith

March 20, 2018

Director, Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention; Communicable Disease Prevention, Harm Reduction and Mental Health Promotion Branch of the BC Ministry of Health
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Partners/Collaborators

András Költő

April 8, 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Partners/Collaborators

Emmanuelle Godeau

April 8, 2018

Coordinatrice de l’enquête ENCLASS-HBSC
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Partners/Collaborators

Laurel Edinburgh

March 20, 2018

Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Hospital of Minnesota
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Investigators

Greta Bauer

April 10, 2018

Professor, Western University Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
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Post-Docs and Trainees
Post-Docs and Trainees

Julia Santana Parrilla

March 20, 2018

Research assistant
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Post-Docs and Trainees

Mauricio Coronel

March 20, 2018

Research assistant
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Post-Docs and Trainees

Andrea Polonijo

June 14, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Post-Docs and Trainees

Ace Chan

March 20, 2018

Research assistant
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Post-Docs and Trainees

Minjeong Park

March 20, 2018

Research assistant
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Post-Docs and Trainees

Melissa Moynihan

March 20, 2018

Research assistant
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Post-Docs and Trainees

Ashley Taylor

June 14, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Post-Docs and Trainees

Farinaz Havaei

March 6, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Post-Docs and Trainees

Margaret MacAulay

June 14, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Partners/Collaborators

Gu Li

March 6, 2018

Launch
Staff

Monica Shannon

March 6, 2018

Research Assistant/Technician
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Staff

Claire Pitcher

March 20, 2018

Research Technician
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