Dr. Karen Urbanoski

Dr. Karen Urbanoski
Scientist, Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research

About Karen

Karen is the Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services, scientist at CISUR, and associate professor in Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. As a social epidemiologist, her research focuses on the social-structural determinants of substance-related harms, the organization of service systems, and population health equity. She leverages large population-based datasets coupled with targeted community-based studies to explore the connections between people’s perceived needs for services of different kinds, their experiences of care, and health outcomes.

Karen Urbanoski
Karen with CISUR Assistant Director Dan Reist and another colleague at the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program conference in Toronto, 2017

Prior to coming to the University of Victoria, Karen completed her training and worked as a scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. She still holds positions as a collaborator scientist at CAMH and assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. After completing her PhD in public health at the University of Toronto, Karen completed post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.

Karen’s work broadly aims to promote a better understanding of how to ensure equitable access to addiction services among the population in need. Her research interests include pathways to addiction treatment; coercion and compulsory addiction treatment; treatment motivation and therapeutic processes; policies that impact on service access and use; and treatment and systems evaluation.

Videos of Karen

Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Urbanoski+Karen