Research Team

FOCUS Research Team

This survey is led by a multidisciplinary team of Canadian and French researchers including epidemiologists, public health researchers and social scientists. It is being led by Dr. Rod Knight (Principal Investigator, University of British Columbia) and Dr. Marie Jauffret-Roustide (Co-Principal Investigator, INSERM, University of Paris, France).

Principal Investigators

Dr. Rod Knight (he/him/his pronouns) is an Assistant Professor at UBC’s Department of Medicine and a Research Scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use. He leads a program of research focusing on the health and well-being of youth, including youth who use drugs and sexual and gender minority youth.

Dr. Marie Jauffret-Roustide (she/her/her pronouns) is a Sociologist, Research Fellow at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). She leads a comparative research program on drug policy and risk environments including gender and ethnicity in France, Europe and North America. 


Dr. Pierre-julien Coulaud (he/him/his pronouns) is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the BC Centre on Substance Use and at UBC’s Department of Medicine. His research interests include the substantive areas of sexual health, substance use and mental health among youth and marginalized populations to improve their access to healthcare services.

Research Coordinator

Naseeb Bolduc (she/her/her pronouns), is a research coordinator at the BC Centre on Substance Use and a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in the intersection of public health and philosophy, and her current research examines different ways to think about fairness in the distribution of healthcare resources.

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Additional Collaborators

Prof. Karine Bertrand, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke

Maxime Blanchette, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke

Dr. Olivier Ferlatte, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Montreal

Dr. Danya Fast, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre for Substance Use

Dr. Travis Salway, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Research Staff

Cathy Chabot

Anna Carson

Alya Govorchin

Laurie Wdowiak

Estelle Filipe

Caroline Mniszak

Rodney Stehr

Affiliated Universities and Organizations

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