Research Coordinator

Anna (she, her, hers pronouns) is a Research Coordinator with Dr. Jean Shoveller’s Youth Sexual Health Team. Anna has a Master of Science in Health Care and Epidemiology from the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. She coordinates two studies for the YSHT including: ‘Addressing sexual- and drug-related HIV risk among young gay, bisexual and other MSM’ and ‘Socio-cultural contexts and Young Men’s Sexual Lives’.

Phone: (604) 827-4568
Email: anna.carson (at)


Graduate Academic Assistant

A.J. Lowik is a SSHRC-funded PhD Candidate with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Their research is concerned with the intersection of transness and reproduction, and their PhD dissertation focuses on trans people’s reproductive decision-making processes. A.J. has published journal articles in the African Journal of Reproductive Health, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, and Scholarly Research and Communication, and authored a book chapter in an edited collection entitled Essential Breakthroughs: Conversations about Men, Mothers and Mothering. They recently authored a manual for health care providers called “Trans-Inclusive Abortion Services: A manual for providers operationalizing trans-inclusive policies and practices in an abortion setting,” which is being adapted for use across Canada. A.J. helped create the Promoting Trans Literacies workshop series at UBC and recently assisted Trans Care B.C. with the creation of an online learning module about access to health care for non-binary people.

Email: ajlowik (at)


Research Manager

Cathy (she, her, hers pronouns) is the Research Manager for the Youth Sexual Health Team and Dr. Jean Shoveller’s CIHR-funded Applied Public Health Chair in Improving Youth Sexual Health. Cathy has a Master of Arts in Anthropology, specializing in medical anthropology, from Simon Fraser University. She has worked extensively on a variety of qualitative research studies in the areas of mental health, substance use, social inequity, and sexual health. She is especially interested in qualitative research addressing gender, health and social inequities, as well as research ethics.

Email: cathy.chabot (at)


Research Assistant

Caroline (she, her, hers pronouns) is a Research Assistant for the Youth Sexual Health Team. Her responsibilities include transcribing and coding for  the study titled “Investigating the influences of social context and structure on young people’s parenting experiences” (the Young Parents Study), maintaining the team’s website and occasionally interviewing for various studies. Caroline graduated from UBC in 2014 with an Honours degree in English Literature and a minor in Sociology. She is currently a Masters student at the iSchool where is is pursing a degree in Library and Information Sciences. She aims to graduate spring 2018, after writing a thesis on the information contexts of young fathers.

Email: czekajlo (at)


Graduate Academic Assistant

Emmanuelle Andrews is a Graduate Academic Assistant with the Youth Sexual Health Team. She holds a BA and qualifying Law degree in Anthropology and Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is currently completing her Masters at UBC’s Social Justice Institute – in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her research interests are in liberal notions, rhetoric and actions of equality in the UK as they affect minorities, particularly black Britons. Emmanuelle works on the ‘Interventions to Address HIV and other STBBI Among Young MSM’ and ‘Socio-cultural Contexts and Young Men’s Sexual Lives’ Studies.

Email: emmanuelleandrews (at)


Research Assistant

Henry is a Research Assistant with the Youth Sexual Health Team working on the Context Study. Henry’s role within the Youth Sexual Health Team involves assisting research team members with data analysis, dissemination and various administrative duties. Henry is also involved in research projects with the Men’s Health Research program at UBC (The Still Here Project) and the Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health (PrEP Education and Webinar Development). Outside of research, you can find Henry volunteering at the HiM Health Centre. Henry is interested in how the social determinants of health impact the various health domains across LGBTQ2S+ communities. He hopes to learn more about the intersections of gender, race and sexuality regarding the stigmas surrounding mental health and sexual health.

Email: henry.y.wu1 (at)


Research Assistant

Michelle (she, her, hers pronouns) is a Research Assistant with the YSHT. She holds a BA in Psychology and Commerce, and is currently completing her Master of Public Health degree at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. Her interests lie in the implementation of innovative programs and policies to address mental health, substance use, and more generally, health and social inequities among youth. Michelle works on the following YSHT studies: “GetCheckedBC: Developing new knowledge to inform the province-wide implementation of an online STI/HIV testing service”; “Population health ethics: Investigating the ethical implications of ‘targeting’ socially-defined population subgroups” and “Investigating the influences of social context and structure on young people’s parenting experiences”.

Phone: (604) 822-6535
Email: michelle.pang (at) 


Youth Co-Researcher

Rodney is a Youth Co-Researcher for the Youth Sexual Health Team’s Context Study. Outside of UBC, Rodney co-facilitates support groups for LGBTQ+ youth, and for parents/caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth and children in the Fraser Health Region. He is interested in sexual health, ways that local governments use zoning to target/displace marginalized populations, the relationship between government and the voluntary sector, and deliberation and conflict in policymaking. He is currently an undergraduate at Simon Fraser University who is pursuing an Honours degree in Political Science.

Email: rodney.stehr (at) 



Graduate Academic Assistant

Natasha (she, her, hers pronouns) is a Graduate Academic Assistant for the Youth Sexual Health Team. She has a BA in Psychology from McGill University and is currently completing her Masters in Human Development, Learning, and Culture at UBC. Her primary research interest is in human development, specifically as it relates to young adulthood. Natasha works on the Socio-cultural Contexts and Young Men’s Sexual Lives Study.”.

Phone: (604) 822-6535
Email: natasha.parent (at)