Mentors

IMPART mentors are experts in addiction and related issues, such as mental health, violence and trauma. They are researchers, clinicians, and healthcare providers from across the disciplinary spectrum: including Nursing, Sociology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Medicine and Epidemiology from across Canada. Mentors’ expertise also spans health sectors, providing important vantage points such as on policy and health systems and services. The role of mentors in the IMPART program was to provide individual and group support to trainees such as presenting workshops and seminars and collaborating on projects with trainees. Below is a list of experts who have served as part of the IMPART mentor cohort.

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    Lorraine Greaves, PhD, DU

    Dr. Greaves, Lead mentor of the IMPART program, is a medical sociologist, and Senior Investigator and former Executive Director (1996-2009) at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver, Canada. Her research addresses policy and practices regarding women, gender and substance use, trauma and violence, and research methods that incorporate sex and gender.

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    Cecilia Benoit, PhD

    Dr. Benoit is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria and Scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC. Her research investigates the health of different vulnerable groups, including Aboriginal women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and young people confronting stigma.

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    Gillian Einstein, PhD

    Dr. Einstein is a neuroscientist at the University of Toronto working primarily in the fields of neurodegenerative disease, cognitive neuroscience and sex-based biology.


  • Catherine Goldie, PhD, RN

    Dr. Goldie is an assistant professor at Queen’s University School of Nursing. Her research is focused on investigating methods to prevent or mitigate the effects of chronic disease (i.e. cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes) among people suffering from mental health disorders.

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    Colleen MacQuarrie, PhD

    Dr. MacQuarrie is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her feminist action research program is directed to better understand the multi-determined nature of health and wellness across the lifespan and within diverse community settings.

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    Robin Mason, PhD

    Dr. Mason is a Research Scientist at Women’s College Hospital in the Violence and Health Research Program and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on diverse women’s experiences of violence and abuse and educating health care professionals about these issues.

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    Roisin O’Connor, PhD

    Dr. O’Connor is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concordia University.

    Her program of research focuses on the etiology of heavy and problem alcohol use by those transitioning from adolescence to early adulthood.

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    Bernadette Pauly, PhD

    Dr. Pauly is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. Her work relates to harm reduction in nursing, substance use policy and enhancing equity in health and access to health care for those experiencing homelessness and drug use.

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    Chris Richardson, PhD

    Dr. Richardson is an Associate Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and a Scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital where he serves as the research lead for the Inner City Youth Program.

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    Peter Selby, MD

    Dr. Selby is the Clinical Director of the Addictions Program and Head of the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

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    Christy Sutherland, MD (community partner)

    Dr. Sutherland is the medical director of the Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver as well as a member of the St Paul’s in-patient addiction medicine team. Dr Sutherland works in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside providing clinical care within a harm reduction model.

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    Zachary Walsh, PhD

    Dr. Walsh is an Assistant Professor in the UBC-Okanagan Department of Psychology and Co-Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. Dr. Walsh’s research focuses on the use of cannabis for therapeutic and recreational purposes, and on the associations between cannabis use, mental health and addictions.

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    Joanne Weinberg, PhD

    Dr. Weinberg is a Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, an Associate Member of the Department of Psychology and a member of the Brain Research Centre and Graduate Program in Neuroscience at UBC.


  • Joy Johnson, PhD, RN, FCAHS

    Dr. Johnson is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Former Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health (2008-2014), Dr. Johnson is currently the Vice President of Research at Simon Fraser University.

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    Annette Browne, PhD, RN

    Dr. Annette Browne is a Professor at the School of Nursing, UBC., Dr. Browne’s research focuses on health and healthcare inequities, with a particular focus on health inequities affecting indigenous peoples.

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    Martha Donnelly, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, PhD, RN

    Dr. Donnelly is a Clinical Associate Professor and Head of Geriatric Psychiatry Program and Division of Community Geriatrics, with the UBC Department of Family Practice, UBC


  • Benedikt Fischer, PhD

    Dr. Benedikt Fischer is a Senior Scientist in the Social & Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH, and Professor (status), Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.


  • Josie Geller, PhD

    Dr. Geller is Director of Research, Eating Disorders Program, St. Paul’s Hospital

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

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    Rosemary Herbert, PhD

    Dr. Herbert is an Associate Professor and Dean of Nursing at the University of Prince Edward Island. She conducts community-based research using ecological frameworks.


  • Clay Holroyd, PhD

    Dr. Holroyd is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria. His primary scientific interest concerns the cognitive neuroscience of cognitive control and decision-making.


  • Judy Illes, PhD

    Illes is Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Illes directs the National Core for Neuroethics at UBC and a research team devoted to ethical, legal, social and policy challenges specifically at the intersection of neuroscience and biomedical ethics.

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    Marvin Krank, PhD

    Krank is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Psychology at UBC Okanagan. His research focuses on cognitive and learning processes in substance use with a current emphasis on adolescents.

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    Michael Krausz, PhD

    Dr. Krausz is Professor of Psychiatry, UBC. His research interests include the comorbidity of severe mental illness and addiction especially psychosis and the use of psychotropic substances and the effective treatment of such conditions.


  • Anthony Phillips, PhD

    Dr. Phillips is the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction. His research interests are broadly based within the field of preclinical neuropsychopharmacology and systems neuroscience. Dr. Phillips, Professor, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his achievements in the field of neuroscience, particularly in the area of addiction and mental health.


  • Pamela Ratner, PhD, RN

    Dr. Ratner is Professor at the School of Nursing, UBC. Her research program focuses on cardiovascular risk reduction and the psychosocial determinants of health risk behaviour.


  • Patricia Rodney, RN, MSN, PhD

    Dr. Rodney is an Associate Professor with the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing. Her research interests include healthcare ethics, equity and policy.


  • Amy Salmon, PhD

    Dr. Salmon is currently the Executive Director of the Canada FASD Research Network. Her research focuses on the health information, maternity care, and primary health care needs of women with substance use problems.


  • Kate Shannon, PhD

    Dr. Shannon is Director of the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the School of Population and Public Health at University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on social determinants of sexual health, HIV/AIDS and access to care among marginalized populations.


  • Patrick Smith, PhD

    Dr. Smith is a clinical psychologist and Chief Executive Director at Renascent, an addiction treatment centre in Toronto, Canada. He was the former Vice President of Research, Networks and Academic Development for BC Mental Health and Addiction Services. He was a founding member of the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions, co-chaired the development of Canada’s National Addictions Treatment Strategy and represented Canada as a delegate to the United Nations Committee on Narcotic Drugs (UN-CND) in both 2004 and 2009.


  • Timothy Stockwell, PhD

    Dr. Stockwell is the Director of the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on prevention and treatment issues and policy relating to alcohol and other substance use.


  • Ed Taylor, PhD

    Dr. Taylor is the Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. His research interests include early identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of serious mental disorders in children, teens, and young adults.


  • Brenda Toner, PhD

    Dr. Toner is a Professor at the University of Toronto in the department of Psychiatry. She researchers health related problems that are disproportionately diagnosed in women including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic pelvic pain, chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome..


  • Colleen Varcoe, BSN, MSN, PhD

    Dr. Varcoe is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests focus on violence, mental health, Aboriginal health, culture, gender, health services, inequity and ethics.


  • Richard A. Young, Ed.D

    Dr. Young is Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the UBC. A Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Professor Young’s interests are in the areas of parent-adolescent interaction, health psychology, and career development.


  • Nancy Poole, PhD

    Dr. Poole is Director of the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. She is known for her work related to women and alcohol and FASD, Aboriginal women’s health, trauma-informed practice, and knowledge generation and exchange within virtual networks and communities of inquiry. A former trainee, Dr. Poole provided expertise in Knowledge Translation to the IMPART program.