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
HIV/STI risk among Canadian transgender men who have sex with men (MSM)

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller and Dr. David Moore

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

Email: (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)


PhD Trainee
Project: Health trajectories from school entry to adolescence: A population level analysis

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller and Dr. Martin Guhn

Research Interests: Kim is a doctoral student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to entering the PhD program, Kim completed an MA in Human Development, Learning, and Culture at UBC with a focus on children’s social and emotional development. Her current research will investigate how early inequalities affect children’s health through adolescence, and how such inequalities may be mitigated. The study is being conducted in collaboration with UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership. Through her traineeship at the Youth Sexual Health Team, Kim also contributes to research on young people’s experiences with HIV/STI testing in Vancouver. She currently works as a Research Coordinator for the BC Centre for Disease Control’s GetCheckedOnline STI/HIV testing program.

Awards and Scholarships: CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship; UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship; Youth Sexual Health Team PhD Traineeship

Email: kimberly.thomson (at)