Last updated on August 24, 2012 @3:58 pm
Nathan identifies as trans masculine and grew up in Ottawa, he moved to BC almost 5 years ago on a whim. He loves hiking, biking, camping and fell in love with the mountains and ocean, so decided to stay.
He is currently working to complete his undergraduate degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s studies at Simon Fraser University. He hopes to pursue graduate work once he is done his undergrad.
He has worked as a support worker for 4 years and has been involved in past research projects. He is passionate about making the system for trans folks more accessible, just and hopes this project can kickstart that change!
Beth Clark is a doctoral candidate and Vanier Scholar in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Program at UBC. They are supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc at SARAVYC, and have received a UBC Public Scholars Initiative Award to support their dissertation research in the area of ethics and trans youth hormone therapy initiation decision making. Beth has worked in the US and Canada in the fields of education, arts, and healthcare. They have presented on their clinical work and research across North America and recently presented at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium in Amsterdam. They have worked with both Trans Care BC (Provincial Health Services Authority) and the Transgender Health Information Program (Vancouver Coastal Health), and are currently a volunteer with the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre in Vancouver. This range of experiences informs Beth’s research interest in health care ethics and in improving equitable access to care.
Julia is a Master’s of Science student at the the University of British Columbia’ School of Population & Public Health. Previously, Julia completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Alberta as well as certification in Project Management. She has six years of health research experience and is well-versed in qualitative methods. Her research interests include: health equity, social determinants of health, community engagement, and knowledge translation and exchange.
Minjeong is a Master’s student in the Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology program at UBC. She works with SARAVYC as a research assistant focusing on quantitative analysis. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, she has developed a research interest in application of quantitative and psychometric methods in education and social science. She also has experience in using software such as SPSS, R, STATA, and SAS. Her current research is proposing a new statistical method for investigating item bias in educational and psychological measure.
Max received their Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Ottawa. Max is currently working towards their Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nursing dual degree. In clinical practice, Max worked in youth mental health in Ottawa, and street nursing in Toronto. Their research interests include gender in population estimates of hidden homeless youth.
Isla is currently studying for her Master of Public Health degree. The focus of her research is Aboriginal health, including completing a practicum on Aboriginal youth suicide prevention at a British Columbia health region. Before moving to Vancouver she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan in International Studies with a focus on Development and a minor in Spanish. Isla is the research assistant for SARAVYC’s Indigenous LGBTQ2S youth research.
Oralia Gómez-Ramírez is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She completed an MA in Anthropology from the same university, and holds both a BA in Ethnology and in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Mexican universities. Her doctoral research focuses on the intersections between contemporary trans politics and sex work in Mexico City, specifically looking at the class-based and ideological tensions between transgender activists’ and on-street sex workers’ efforts to obtain legal, health, and social rights. She joins SARAVYC to lend her expertise in qualitative research and evaluation for the FamilySmart Evaluation, a project assessing the Practice Readiness Pilot Training intervention. As a sociocultural anthropologist, she’s broadly interested in gender, sexuality, social movements, and health issues. Oralia identifies as an antiracist feminist, a woman of colour, and a racialized student and immigrant worker in Vancouver, Canada. More information can be found at: www.oraliagr.com
Melissa Moynihan has a BA Honours in Kinesiology from Western University, a BSc in Nursing from University of Toronto, and a MSN from UBC. Her thesis focused on revising a questionnaire to evaluate the readiness of youth with special healthcare needs to transition from pediatric to adult medical care. Melissa’s work has been featured at the AGM of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Her research interests include quantitative methods, measurement development, and adolescent health. Melissa’s doctoral research will be focused on sexually exploited youth.