Research Themes

IMPART researchers come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to form a vibrant and transdisciplinary network of scientists who examine issues surrounding sex, gender, trauma, violence, mental health and addictions from cell to society.

Research in the IMPART network includes the following areas:

  • epidemiology
  • psychiatry
  • sociology
  • counseling psychology
  • nursing
  • cellular and physiological sciences
  • knowledge translation
  • public health
  • social work
  • medical anthropology

Research at IMPART spans the four CIHR Pillars:

  • biomedical
  • clinical
  • health systems and services
  • population and public health

Research Projects [top]

Past and present research projects include sex and gender analysis applied in the following areas and more:

  • tobacco dependence and cessation among women and pregnant women
  • violence, trauma and mental health among men and women in the sex industry
  • the neurobiological effects of trauma and the relationship with substance use
  • the biological, cognitive, genetic, and personality-related risk factors underlying substance dependence
  • addictions in rural and urban settings
  • addictions, mental health and homelessness
  • substance use among refugee women/populations in Canada
  • cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors in men and women with severe mental illness and substance use
  • health services and inequities for aboriginal populations
  • prenatal attachment in women who use substances during the perinatal period
  • the nutrition-related and socio-economic determinants of mental health and addiction
  • women’s lived experiences of substance use and mental health
  • violence against women in intimate relationships and its intersection with substance use
  • acute post-operative and chronic non-cancer pain and opioid use cognitive and learning processes in substance use among adolescents
  • comorbidity of severe mental illness and addiction

For full descriptions of research projects, past and present, see individual Mentor, Trainee and Alumni pages, as well as the collection of publications archived at cIRcle, UBC's institutional repository.

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