Cecilia Benoit is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC. Apart from research focused on the occupation of midwifery and the organization of maternity care in Canada and internationally, she is involved in a variety of projects that employ mixed methodologies to investigate the health of different vulnerable groups, including Aboriginal women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, young people confronting health stigmas linked to obesity and asthma, street-involved youth in transition to adulthood, workers in lower-prestige service occupations, adults in the sex industry, and pregnant and early parenting women dealing with addiction and other challenges.
Dr. Mikael Jansson is a Scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology. His current research uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand marginalized populations and low-prestige occupations. His current research focus is on intimate partnerships. He has recently completed a longitudinal study of street-involved youth to see how their lives, and in particular their health status, change as a result of their street involvement.
Marjorie MacDonald is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria, a Scientist in the Centre for Addictions Research and she teaches in the School of Public Health and Social Policy. She is co-director of the Research in Public Health Systems and Services Initiative (BC) (formerly CPHFRI), which is leading an initiative to develop a Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) agenda for Canada. Research interests include public health systems renewal, health equity, public health and primary care collaboration, adolescent health promotion and substance use prevention, and public health ethics.
Assistant Director, Research
Scott Macdonald is a Professor in our School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria. He previously worked as a Scientist for 25 years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, formerly the Addiction Research Foundation in Ontario. His educational background includes a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario, a MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Victoria.
Dr. Macdonald has focused his career on research issues in the substance use and abuse field, with empirical studies in a variety of areas, such as the role of substance use in injuries, program evaluation, and alcohol policy.
Assistant Director, Knowledge Exchange
Dr Eric Roth is a Scientist at CARBC and a biological anthropologist and Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria.
For over 20 years, he worked in small communities in northern Kenya, where he studied demography, maternal/child health, childhood growth, economic recovery from drought and sexual behaviour for formerly nomadic Rendille and Ariaal pastoralists.
Eric's current projects include longitudinal studies of sexual behaviour and substance use for gay and bisexual men in Vancouver, substance use and adherence to highly active anti-retroviral treatment among HIV+ Canadian women, and substance use patterns in relationship to gay men’s group sex events.
Scientist, Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research
Scientist and Senior Data Analyst
Jinhui Zhao received his medical degree from Harbin Medical University in China, a MSc in epidemiology and addiction studies from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in community health and epidemiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Zhao currently works as a scientist and a senior data analyst at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, University of Victoria.
In the past 15 years, he has worked in the area of substance use epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, injury epidemiology, and assessment of impacts of alcohol-related policies and programs.