Current Trainees

PhD Trainee
Project: Street-involved youth and ageing-out of the child welfare system: Evidence to improve outcomes

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller and Dr. Kora DeBeck
Committee: Dr. Thomas Kerr

Research Interests: Brittany Barker recently completed her Master’s of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University and has just started her doctoral studies in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program as a four-year fellowship recipient. Her research interests seek to cross the domains of public policy and public health to identify and examine the health-related outcomes associated with ‘ageing-out’ of government care among high-risk youth. Specifically, she will apply a critical policy analysis to evaluate novel interventions aimed at reducing the negative impacts of ageing-out of care. Additionally, Brittany works as a research assistant for the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS with a prospective cohort of street-involved youth who use drugs in the Vancouver area.

Awards and Scholarships: UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (FYF); Graduate Student Initiative Award (awarded but declined); Graduate Fellowship (two consecutive years); CIHR Doctoral Research Award

Email: bbarker (at)


PhD Trainee
Multimorbidity for transgender people living with HIV in the United States and Canada

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller and Dr. Bob Hogg

Research Interests: Ashleigh is a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, she completed a Masters in Public Health degree at UBC in 2013. Her research interests centre on the intersection of sex, gender and health. Ashleigh has worked with the Epidemiology and Population Health Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS since 2012, primarily with the men who have sex with men (MSM) research team. Her doctoral research will add to the knowledge base on HIV epidemiology among transgender people in the United States and Canada. 

Awards and Scholarships: UBC Faculty of Medicine Graduate Award, UBC Graduate Entrance Award, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Doctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Banting and Best Doctoral Research Award, UBC Four-Year Fellowship, Friedman Award for Scholars in Health, Michael Smith Foreign Study Award

Email: ajrich (at)


PhD Trainee
Can specialized sexual health clinics address unmet mental health needs of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adults?

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller and Dr. Mark Gilbert

Research Interests:Travis Salway, MSc, PhD, is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on health inequities experienced by lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people.

Awards and Scholarships: Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2017-2019); Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Traineeship (2017-2019)

Email: travis.salway (at)