Last updated on September 13, 2012 @3:14 pm
Dr. Saewyc is an internationally recognized leader in research about vulnerable and marginalized adolescents. Over the past 20 years, she has conducted mix-methods research with many different groups of vulnerable youth, including runaway and street-involved youth; sexually abused and sexually exploited teens; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two Spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) adolescents; youth in custody; immigrants, home-stay students and refugees; and Indigenous youth. Her research emphasizes how stigma, violence, and trauma affect adolescent health and risk behaviours, as well as the protective factors that foster resilience among these vulnerable populations of youth.
Her research has influenced public health and policy in Canada, the US, and internationally. She also led SARAVYC in conducting the first Canadian national health survey of transgender youth in 2014, which has influenced clinical practice, human rights cases, and laws.
She has been an invited expert for national and international working groups. Dr. Saewyc held a CIHR Applied Public Health Chair (2008-2014), and has been named a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine (2011), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2013) and the American Academy of Nursing (2016). In 2013-2014, she served as 1 of 5 lead authors on the World Health Organization’s report, Health for the World’s Adolescents.
Jennifer completed her PhD degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis in Anthropology and Media) at the University of British Columbia. She joined SARAVYC in September 2014 as a project Coordinator. As Managing Director, she is responsible for managing all administrative and support activities related to the centre’s research and co-ordinating its affiliates. She also spends time representing the Centre and the Centre’s research across UBC, at outreach related public events and with private as well as government stakeholders.
Jennifer is a visual anthropologist, qualitative researcher, and digital media creator. Her dissertation created digital media with a cohort of teens from a drop-in center and explores the connections between traditions, digital technology and social media use among marginalized urban First Nations youth in Northern British Columbia. Her dissertation can be found online. Her continued research interests include marginalized youth, media policy, community engagement, digital publics, and the anthropology of the internet.
Patricia has a Master of Science in Public Health Sciences from the University of Alberta with a specialization in Population Health, and had many years of experience working in community support and public health environments prior to moving into the field of research administration & management. She is experienced in the broad field of research administration, including multiple roles at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and director of the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative. Her career is now focused on supporting researchers in building their innovative research programs through research program planning and facilitating applications for research funding.
Monica is a recent university graduate who completed a B.A. in History at UBC. As an undergraduate her research interests ranged broadly from seafaring and marine ecological history to the study of millenarian religious movements. More recently she has developed a passion for research that supports LGBTQI and other marginalized youth, with a particular interest in developing qualitative research skills. Currently Monica is helping with the quantitative portion of Project RESPEQT, while also providing assistance for some of SARAVYC’s administrative tasks and urgent projects.
Dana Brunanski is a Canadian Metis woman from a diverse cultural background including Cree, Czech, Hungarian, British and Danish ancestors. She has been a front-line worker with high risk youth in Vancouver for almost 20 years, most recently as an outreach mental health therapist with “hard-to-engage” Indigenous youth. After a self-reflective honours thesis on bisexual women and identity completed at Simon Fraser University in 1997, Dana’s master’s research starting in 2006 explored Indigenous street youths’ experiences with counselling, using an Indigenizing narrative methodology. She has continued to participate in research focused on Indigenous youth since completing her Master’s in Counselling Psychology from UBC in 2009. Dana has been associated with SARAVYC since 2007, starting as a graduate student trainee and research assistant, then community research affiliate, and most recently coordinating the Two-Spirit Youth project. Outside of school and work, Dana likes to have fun: “if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of this revolution.” She loves to travel, and counts Prague, Czech Republic as one of her homes in the world. Dana loves time with family and friends, and she is currently delighted to be home full-time with her son James who was born in June 2015.
Claire is a Registered Nurse (Certified Practice: Contraceptive and STI Management) with a Master of Science in Nursing from UBC, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UBC and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Alberta. She began her nursing career as a Child and Youth Public Health nurse in 2011 and has continued to work in public health, sexual health, vaccine research, teaching and other related areas since then. Claire’s Masters thesis was titled, “Homeless and Street-Involved Youth Access to Primary Health Care Services: What Helps and What Gets in the Way?” Claire joined the SARAVYC team in May 2013 and has welcomed the opportunity to be part of adolescent health research including everything from collecting data to participating in a systematic review to co-mentoring public health nurses as part of a VCHRI initiative. Claire’s primary professional interests include adolescent health with a focus on at-risk/marginalized youth and how a public health approach can promote health amongst adolescents.