CISUR scientists

Dr. Cecilia Benoit

Scientist

Cecilia Benoit is a scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC). 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. Russell Callaghan

Scientist; Site Director, UNBC

Over the last several years, a major line of my research program has focused on estimating the impacts of cannabis use on human health.

This line of research has produced a series of studies assessing the relation between cannabis use (or cannabis-use disorders) and a range of health outcomes, including persistent psychotic syndromes, mortality patterns, fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle collisions, lung cancer, testicular cancer, and a systematic review of cannabis use and development of cancer in humans. Ongoing and future work will assess the relation between cannabis use and the following outcomes: non-traffic injury (e.g., falls, assaults, suicide), all-cause mortality, and workplace injury.

Dr. Marilou Gagnon

Scientist
Dr. Marilou Gagnon is an Associate Professor in the UVic School of Nursing and a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. Her program of research seeks to address gaps in knowledge that have the potential to inform public debate and policies, while also advancing the rights and the health of marginalized communities.
Dr. Mikael Jansson

Scientist

Dr. Mikael Jansson is a scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC) 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.

Dr. Marjorie MacDonald

Scientist

Marjorie MacDonald is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria, a scientist in the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC) 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.

Dr. Scott Macdonald

Scientist

Scott Macdonald is a professor in the School of Health Information Science and a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC) at the University of Victoria, and was CISUR's Assistant Director of Research from 2005 to 2018. 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. He recently published Cannabis Crashes: Myths and Truths, which examines whether Canada's new cannabis-impaired driving laws are rooted in solid science.

Dr. Bernie Pauly

Scientist
Dr. Bernie Pauly is a professor in the School of Nursing, a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC), a member of the Renewal of Public Health Services Research Team, and a priority lead for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. The primary focus of her research is reducing health inequities associated with substance use, poverty, and homelessness.
Dan Reist

Assistant director, Knowledge Exchange
Dan Reist leads a team, based in Vancouver, that focuses on communicating current evidence in a way that supports the evolution of effective policy and practice. With a background in continental philosophy and hermeneutics, Dan is quick to acknowledge that evidence is far more than statistics about patterns of use and harm and includes attention to the ways we experience and talk about drugs and drug use in our cultures and communities.
Dr. Tim Stockwell

Director
Tim was appointed director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR, formerly the Centre for Addictions Research of BC) and a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2004. He has published over 400 research papers, book chapters and monographs, plus several books on prevention and treatment issues.
Dr. Karen Urbanoski

Scientist, Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research
Karen is the Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research, and is a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR, formerly CARBC) and an assistant professor in Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on the development and course of substance use problems and addiction, and the roles played by health and social service systems in recovery.
Dr. Bruce Wallace

Scientist

Bruce Wallace is a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and an associate professor with UVic's School of Social Work. His research focuses on substance use and harm reduction, poverty and homelessness and access to health care, including dental care. He is an engaged scholar with many years of community-based research in Victoria employing health equity and social justice approaches to his projects.

Dr. Jinhui Zhao

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 Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC).

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.