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Amanda Slaunwhite

Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite is a senior scientist at BCCDC and an assistant professor in the UBC School of Population & Public Health.


Dr. Slaunwhite leads a program of research that uses administrative health data and community-based participatory methods to examine topics related to substance use, overdose, and the health of incarcerated people in provincial and federal correctional centres. Dr. Slaunwhite is the scientific lead of the BC Provincial Overdose Cohort. 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 in BC since 2015.  
Dr. Slaunwhite is the Director of the Canadian Collaborative for Prison Health and Education at the University of British Columbia. At CCPHE, she leads projects on the governance of prison health care systems and peer-led interventions to improve reintegration post-release. Dr. Slaunwhite holds a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar Award (2022-2027).  


Dr. Slaunwhite has expertise in substance use, overdose and mental health. She has over a decade of experience working with administrative health data in North America. She holds a PhD in human geography from the University of Victoria (2015) and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Queen's University (2009). Dr. Slaunwhite completed post-doctoral training in child and youth mental health in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick (2015-2017).  
Dr. Slaunwhite has worked in applied health research and policy roles at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), and the Parliamentary Information and Research Service. Dr. Slaunwhite is committed to working with people with lived/living experiences of substance use, mental health, and incarceration to co-develop and co-lead research projects. 


  • For Dr. Slaunwhite's publications, see PubMed.
  • For a list of publications and citations, see Google Scholar.
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