Dr. Bernie Pauly

Dr. Bernie Pauly

About Bernie

Dr. Bernie Pauly is a professor in the UVic 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.

She has conducted research related to

  • enhancing health equity in public health programs that aim to prevent the harms of substance use,
  • increasing access to primary health care services for people who are homeless and using substances,
  • implementation of harm reduction services,
  • effectiveness of transitional programs for people who are recovering from homelessness and substance use,
  • inclusion of people who use drugs in policy making and research activities, and
  • culturally safe hospital care for people who use drugs.

She led the development of policy papers on illicit drug use and harm reduction for the Canadian Nurses Association, and on housing and harm reduction for the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. Currently, she is a lead on the Equity Lens in Public Health Program of Research (ELPH) and evaluating the effectiveness of Managed Alcohol Programs (MAP).  

Dr. Pauly is a research collaborator with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, SOLID (Society of Living Illicit Drug Users), and Victoria Cool Aid Society. She is the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including a BC Community Achievement Award (2016), the Island Health Research Scholar in Residence Award (2016-2018 term), a UVic Provost's Community Engaged Scholar Award (2014), a UVic Community Leadership Award (2011), and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria (2011).

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