Former Trainees

MSc Trainee
Online approaches to youth sexual health and the role of social context

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller

Research Interests: Wendy’s MSc research focuses on youth’s perspectives regarding the implementation of the BCCDC’s Online Sexual Health Services Program.

Awards and Scholarships: CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship


Post-doctoral Fellow
Increasing sex and gender-based analysis in systematic reviews

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller

Research Interests: Marion’s research focuses generally on sexual and reproductive health including reproductive rights and abortion. Specifically, she is interested in how gender, power and equity intersect to influence adolescent sexual health outcomes. Marion is also a founding member of the Sex and Gender Working Group for Systematic Reviews in Health which aims to increase the uptake of sex and gender-based analysis within systematic reviews to improve the quality and applicability of this evidence.

Awards and Scholarships: CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award; CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship; CIHR IGH Doctoral Research Scholarship; University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship

Phone: (604) 827-5064
Email: marion.doull (at)


MSc Trainee
Access to Emergency Contraception on British Columbia’s University and College Campuses

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller; Dr. Judith Soon

Research Interests: Miranda graduated from McGill University in 2004 with a degree in Biology, and has since been working in genetics research at Imperial College London and the University of Toronto. Miranda will be starting her first year of an MSc in Epidemiology at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health during which she will focus on the social and structural aspects of youth health, particularly in urban settings. She looks forward to combining her background researching human pathogens with her interest in the behavioural aspects of transmission and effective treatment of infectious diseases.

Awards and Scholarships: CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship; CIHR WRTC MSc Scholarship (declined); CIHR Bridge MSc Traineeship; Youth Sexual Health Team MSc Traineeship

Phone: (604) 822-6535


Post-doctoral Fellow
Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller

Research Interests: Lola’s research interests are in modeling sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. To date, she has published 8 first-authored manuscripts and 2 co-authored manuscripts in high-impact journals such as (STD, International Journal of STD and AIDS, MMWR and Public Health Reports). She has also delivered over 30 presentations at local, national and international conferences. Her research program concerns the derivation and validation of clinical prediction rules (CPRs) for use in sexual health clinical decision-making (Falasinnu et al, 2014, PMID: 25581805). This work elucidated the methodological contexts and the predictive performance of published prediction rules used in sexual health services by conducting the first review and knowledge synthesis of the empirical literature in this field (Falasinnu et al, 2014, PMID: 25324350; Falasinnu et al, 2014, PMID: 24722388). In doing so, Lola identified methodological standards that optimize the reproducibility and efficiency of prediction rules (Falasinnu et al, 2013, PMID: 24300284). The findings of her research have the potential to inform the ways in which STI/HIV screening recommendation practices unfold in the future by not only reducing the number of unwanted and unintended decision-making consequences related to misleading estimates of CPR accuracy, but, in some cases, could also reduce healthcare costs by precluding unnecessary testing.

Awards and Scholarships: PHIRNET Doctoral Award; UBC Graduate Entrance Star PhD Fellowship; Youth Sexual Health Team PhD Traineeship; CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship

Email: lola.falasinnu (at)


PhD Trainee
Health-related information practices and the experiences of childbearing and parenting youth

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller

Research Interests: Devon Greyson is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. With research interests clustering around the intersection between information and health behaviour, Devon is particularly keen to investigate decision-making about health issues that are influenced by social marginalization and inequity, and the ways information systems can exacerbate or alleviate disparities. Devon’s PhD project will focus on the ways information practices influence the health of pregnant and parenting youth.

Awards and Scholarships: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship; UBC 4-Year Doctoral Fellowship; Youth Sexual Health Team PhD Traineeship; CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Institute Community Support Research Skills Award; CIHR Institute for Population and Public Health Institute Community Support Travel Award; Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) Maternal-Child Health Scholarship; Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research

Phone: (604) 822-6535
Email: devon.greyson (at)
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MSc traineeKaramouzianM
Navigating HIV risk & sex work in Tehran

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller

Research Interests: He was introduced to the areas of population and public health before completing his undergraduate training as a veterinarian. He later joined the research group of “Research Center for Modeling in Health”, located in Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He then started working as a research assistant in the “Regional Knowledge Hub, and WHO Collaborating Center for HIV Surveillance”, a center that has a collaboration agreement signed by WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) and the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran. He was working there as a research assistant on several projects regarding bio-behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS/STIs among FSWs (Female Sex Workers), PWID (People Who Inject Drugs), and MSM (Men having Sex with Men). His fields of interest continue to grow but he is currently interested in doing research on HIV prevention among key populations at risk of HIV.

Awards and Scholarships: UBC SPPH Entrance Scholarship; Shaughnessy Hospital Volunteer Society Fellowship in Health Care; Northern Telecom Graduate Fellowship; Ann and William MESSENGER Graduate Fellowship; UBC Faculty of Medicine Graduate Award

Email: karamouzian.m (at)


MSc Trainee
Project: Barriers to health care access and HIV/STI prevention faced by migrant female sex workers in Metropolitan Vancouver

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Shoveller and Dr. Kate Shannon

Research Interests: Julie recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology and minor in Food and Resource Economics at the University of British Columbia. During her undergraduate studies, she completed international HIV projects with The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) in Uganda in the fields of adolescent education and sustainable livelihoods. Currently, Julie is interested in cultural and social impacts on HIV transmission and care among migrant female sex workers. Specifically, she will utilize a social determinants of health framework to analyze HIV risk and protective mechanisms among migrants.

Awards and Scholarships: Richard A. Robertson Memorial Service Award in Medicine

Email: jsou (at)