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Amanda Slaunwhite

Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite is a senior scientist with the BC Centre for Disease Control and an adjunct professor with the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.


Dr. Slaunwhite is the scientific-lead for the Provincial Overdose Cohort at the BC Centre for Disease Control. The Cohort is a collection of linked administrative data, including data from BC Emergency Health Services and BC Coroner’s Service, on fatal and non-fatal overdose events from 2015-2018.  Dr. Slaunwhite leads an active program of research that uses administrative health data to examine topics related to overdose, substance use, and geographic health inequities. She also leads projects that use community-based participatory methods in the areas of peer support, substance use, and community reintegration after release from correctional institutions. Dr. Slaunwhite is the co-Principal Investigator of the UBC Research Excellence Cluster in Transformative Health and Justice (2020-2021).


Dr. Slaunwhite holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Victoria (2015) and Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University (2009). She completed post-doctoral training in child and youth mental health services research at the University of New Brunswick (2015-2017), and is a former Assistant Professor in Addictions Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage (2017-2018). Dr. Slaunwhite has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research with an emphasis on administrative health data linkage; working with persons with lived experience of substance use or incarceration, and mixed methods research designs. She has worked in applied health research and policy roles at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and Parliamentary Information and Research Service (Parliament of Canada).  


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