About

Welcome to the Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre. It’s a mouthful, we know! Our friends and collaborators call us SARAVYC, and you can too.

At SARAVYC, we believe in research that makes a difference and focuses on resilience. Since 2006, we’ve been conducting rigorous, cutting-edge, and award-winning research that studies how stigma, discrimination, violence, and trauma affect young people’s health. Our goal is to identify factors that foster youth resilience in spite of stigma.

By collaborating with youth and their communities, we aim to develop culturally and contextually relevant interventions that not only improve health outcomes and equity for youth, but also influence policies and practices worldwide.

Vision

Improved health outcomes and equity for youth—especially those targeted by stigma—throughout Canada and internationally.

How does research make a difference?

Research that makes a difference is relevant, rigorous, and innovative. Our research makes a difference by identifying resilience factors in spite of stigma, influencing policies and practices, and ultimately improving health outcomes and equity worldwide.

Research conducted at SARAVYC has gained wide-spread, international attention. Here are a few highlights of what we’ve learned.

 

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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Ronita Nath

December 3, 2019

Managing Director
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Emmanuela Ojukwu

December 16, 2020

Assistant Professor
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Richard Sullivan

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, UBC
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Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

April 20, 2020

Professor, Université de Montréal
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Jaimie Veale

March 20, 2018

Lecturer, The University of Waikato
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Brittany Bingham

March 17, 2021

Director of Indigenous Research,
VCH Indigenous Health
Center for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE)
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Emmanuelle Godeau

April 8, 2018

Coordinatrice de l’enquête ENCLASS-HBSC
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Robb Travers

March 20, 2018

Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
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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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Colleen Poon

March 20, 2018

Research Associate, McCreary Centre Society
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Sheila Marshall

March 20, 2018

Professor, University of British Columbia
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Julie Temple Newhook

June 27, 2019

Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Tracey Peter

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
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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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Hilary Rose

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, Concordia University
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Greta Bauer

April 10, 2018

Professor, Western University Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
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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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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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Terryann Clark

March 20, 2018

Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland NZ School of Nursing
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Carla Hilario

May 5, 2021

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
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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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Ryan Watson

March 20, 2018

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
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Lori MacIntosh

February 13, 2020

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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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Annie Smith

March 20, 2018

Executive Director, McCreary Centre Society
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Kyoung Joung

March 22, 2019

Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Jeonju University
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Lorraine Grieves

April 10, 2018

Provincial Program Director, TransCare BC
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Marla Eisenberg

March 20, 2018

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Adolescent Health and Medicine Adolescent Health and Medicine
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Helen Okoye

April 20, 2020

Lecturer, Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Nigeria
PhD Student, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
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Mauricio Coronel

March 20, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Monica Rana

October 3, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Ashley Taylor

June 14, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow
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András Költő

April 8, 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Chi-Chun Lin

December 11, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Cormac O’Dwyer

October 3, 2019

Research Assistant
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Seren Friskie

October 15, 2019

Research Assistant
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Anurada Amarasekera

May 17, 2021

Research Assistant
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Eli Godwin

June 15, 2021

Research Assistant, SARAVYC
Clinical Research Specialist, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
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Ace Chan

March 20, 2018

Research Assistant
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James Sinclair

March 17, 2021

Research Assistant
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Shannon Millar

March 22, 2019

Research Assistant
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Stephanie Hall

March 6, 2019

Communications & Community Relations Manager
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Davie Kirk

June 14, 2021

Indigenous Two Spirit Advisory, SARAVYC
Indigenous Faculty Advisor and Instructor, Capilano University
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Kyle Shaughnessy

June 14, 2021

Indigenous Two Spirit Advisory, SARAVYC
Indigenous Educational Consultant, UBC
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Jessy Dame

October 15, 2019

Indigenous Two Spirit Advisory, SARAVYC
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Harlan Pruden

May 12, 2021

Indigenous Two Spirit Advisory, SARAVYC
Indigenous Knowledge Translation Lead, Chee Mamuk, BCCDC
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Margaret MacAulay

June 14, 2018

Former Postdoctoral Fellow
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Shunfu Hu

March 20, 2018

Former Research Assistant
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Hélène Frohard-Dourlent

March 20, 2018

Former Postdoctoral Fellow
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Silvain Dang

March 22, 2019

East Asian Workshop Coordinator
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Linnea Ritland

October 22, 2019

Video Production and Illustration
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Wai Lam Cheung

October 22, 2019

Language Consultant
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Motoki Nozawa

October 22, 2019

Language Consultant
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Jessamyn Hung

November 12, 2019

East Asian Advisory
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Beth Clark

March 20, 2018

Former Postdoctoral Fellow
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Kenji Maeda

March 22, 2019

East Asian Advisory Coordinator
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Anita DeLongis

March 20, 2018

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