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Travis Salway

Travis Salway is an affiliated researcher in the Clinical Prevention Services division at BCCDC. He is also an assistant professor of health sciences at Simon Fraser University, and a research scientist at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity.


Dr. Travis Salway is the principal investigator for the REAFFIRM Collaborative, an interdisciplinary team committed to promoting Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer + (2S/LGBTQ+) health equity. Evidence shows that 2S/LGBTQ+ populations experience multiple, co-occurring and avoidable health disparities, particularly with regard to mental health. The team uses a broad range of approaches, including epidemiology, qualitative research, and mixed methods, to explore factors contributing to health inequities and to identify strategies for improving health among 2S/LGBTQ+ populations.


Travis Salway (he/him) is a social epidemiologist who works to understand and improve the health of 2S/LGBTQ+ populations. Since 2019, Dr. Salway has been an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He conducts research in affiliation with BCCDC and the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity. In 2019 and 2020, he testified for two standing committees of the Canadian House of Commons to inform federal policy to promote 2S/LGBTQ+ health equity. This resulted in the passage of Bill C-4, making it a crime to perpetrate anti-2S/LGBTQ+ practices, otherwise known as "conversion therapy." 

In addition to directing the REAFFIRM Collaborative, Dr. Salway co-directs the Two-Spirit Dry Lab, Turtle Island's first research group exclusively dedicated to understanding the health of Two-Spirit Indigenous people. He is the founder of, a 2S/LGBTQ-affirming mental health service finder. In 2022, his team is administering the survey to understand the range of settings where Canadian youth have their sexual and gender identities supported or threatened.


For a list of publications, see NCBI.
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