UWW Fellows 2009-2018

Where are they now!

In ten years and 8 generations of fellows, we are working with the best and brightest researchers, activists, and leaders in HIV in Canada. They are listed below in random order. We have trained over 70 fellows, some of them have joined us more than one time.


Andre Ceranto

Andre moved to Canada from Brazil in 2003. In 2005 he learned he was HIV+ and started his journey of self-discovery and resilience. Andre has worked as an Outreach Coordinator, Positive Youth Outreach Coordinator, PHA Engagement Coordinator.  He was a UWW fellow in 2010 and also joined the CruiseLab, a community-based, interdisciplinary social work lab. In September 2013, Andre took on the Coordinator of Volunteers and Peer Engagement position at Fife House an organization providing secure and affordable supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2018, Andre became the Peer Engagement Manager at Casey House, a stand-alone hospital for people with HIV/AIDS.


Sean Colyer


Sean was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario.  He studied Biomedical Science and then Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph before practicing as a companion animal veterinarian in Toronto for six years.  Sean has since returned to academia to attain his Master of Science in Public Health at McGill University in Montreal, during which time he completed his practicum placement at the Momentum (/Engage) Health Study in Vancouver and was a UWW fellow.  After graduating in spring 2018, he joined the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) in Toronto as an epidemiologist.


Aidan Ablona


Aidan was the coordinator of the Investigaytors program in Toronto, a weekly training program for young gay/bi/queer guys interested in HIV and community-based research that is based off of the Investigaytors program in Vancouver and run by the CBRC. He identifies as a queer person of colour who is passionate about youth empowerment, health equity, and community building. For his UWW fellowship, he evaluated and scaled up activities for MpowermentPG, a peer-led, community-based HIV intervention for young gay, bi, queer, and 2-Spirit guys aged 16-30, working with youth leaders in Prince George, BC. I will be pursuing Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of British Columbia.


Desmond Chuang (Deng-Min)


He is a doctoral candidate in Social Work at the University of Toronto. His doctoral thesis applies syndemic theory as a framework to examine the impact of complex adversities and familism on sexual risk behaviours among gay men and other men who have sex with men in Taiwan. Deng-Min is a licensed social worker, HIV case manager, and community-based researcher actively involved in HIV care and HIV prevention in Taiwan and Toronto for more than a decade. Once established in Toronto, he has worked with several community-based organizations to improve community engagement and capacity building among racialized immigrants, refugees, and non-status people living with HIV/AIDS. For his UWW fellowship, he conducted a community-based intervention, Asian PHA Resiliency Dialogues, in the city of Toronto in collaboration with Asian Community AIDS Services, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, and Ontario Positive Asians.


Denise Jaworsky


Denise is a General Internal Medicine specialist in Terrace, Northwestern BC and provides outreach Internal Medicine clinics in neighbouring communities. She has trained in the Clinician Investigator Program at the University of British Columbia and a PhD student in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the University of Toronto. Denise’s research focus is on optimizing access to chronic disease management in remote, rural and Northern regions of Canada. For her UWW fellowship, she built research capacity in Northwestern BC while assessing the feasibility and acceptability of implementing routine offering of HIV testing in the acute care setting.


Marvelous Muchenje

Marvelous works as the Community Health Coordinator at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, CHC. Diagnosed with HIV in 1995, she continues to participate passionately in the HIV movement.  She is a  human rights activist engaged in supporting reforms and interventions that promote and protect human rights of all people living with HIV.  She gets involved in studies that seek to address the barriers faced by people living with HIV such as  Project PEER: PHAs Engaged in Employment Roles – Uncovering the Impact of GIPA/MIPA and the Wise Practices of Informal and Formal Peer Support;  and The Canadian HIV Stigma Index CBR Project: Examining the social and structural drivers of stigma to shape the actionable solution(s) to support people living with HIV and their affected communities.


Sarah Chown

Sarah is the Executive Director at YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society, a youth-driven organization that uses peer support and education to reduce stigma. Her work includes supporting programs by-and-for youth living with HIV, fostering youth leadership among staff and volunteers, and stewarding YouthCO’s values and approaches to sexual health and harm reduction.She started working in sexual health during my undergraduate studies at Carleton University. Since then, she has worked as a researcher, educator, and health promoter in Kigali, Iqaluit, Guelph, and Vancouver with a focus on reducing social inequities.


Ruth Cameron

Ruth is a PhD student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Community Psychology, the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), and a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. In 2014, Ruth co-founded the Audre Lorde scholarship for Black LGBTQ youth in Hamilton, Ontario. Her doctoral studies with Dr. Ketan Shankardass focus on intersectoral population health initiatives in HIV prevention. Her work engages intersectionality as an overarching framework for systems-level interventions supporting equitable outcomes for the most complexly marginalized communities impacted by HIV, including the disproportionately surveilled and incarcerated African, Caribbean and Black communities, Indigenous communities and people challenged by injection drug use and addictions. Ruth is a member of the OHTN ACB Chair Scholar’s program through the High Impact Field-based Intervention (HiFi) Laboratory at St. Michael’s Hospital under the mentorship of Dr. LaRon Nelson. Ruth received the 2017-2018 ACB Scholar’s Challenge Award. In her UWW fellowship, Ruth explored the development of mechanisms for facilitating an HIV prevention, care and treatment cascade within local health regions.


Kiffer Card

I am a doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University working at the Vancouver site of the Engage Study. Originally from the US, My partner moved to Vancouver in 2015 with our two pet ferrets after finding out how beautiful it was here on our first road-trip together. My research focuses primarily on the intersection of technological, social, and behavioral change and the implications these changes have for population health. Working with the Momentum and Engage Studies, I hope to develop a research program evaluating the use of respondent-driven sampling for network model parameterization with the aim of informing the rollout, expansion, and maintenance of biomedical prevention strategies such as HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy), PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis), and NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing).


Ammaar Kidwai

Ammaar is pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University. For his dissertation, Ammaar will explore systemic, cultural, and social barriers faced by gay, bisexual, and other South East Asian men who have sex with men (SEAgbm). Employing a strengths-based perspective, his dissertation will also explore strategies used by SEAgbm to cope with these barriers. In his UWW Fellowship, Ammaar produced an eLearning module on the impact of HIV-related micro-aggressions.


Wesley J. Oakes

Wesley is a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at York University. His research explores how heterosexual Black men living with HIV navigate social and emotional landscapes of everyday life in Toronto. He uses ethnography to shed light on links between Black men’s private and intimate behaviours and desires, and the larger social and political order that regulates acceptable behaviours and desires. He is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Wesley began working as a community-based researcher in the HIV sector in 2011. He is a co-investigator on of the weSpeak study of HIV-related vulnerability and resilience among heterosexual Black men in Ontario, and also works with Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA) as a strategy worker under the provincial strategy on HIV for African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario. In his UWW Fellowship, Wesley produced an eLearning module on HIV stigma and black masculinities.


Amanuel Tesfamichael


Amanuel’s community work started 14 years back in East Africa. His involvement in Africa was mostly activism and broader advocacy for treatment, human rights, empowerment and capacity building for PHAs. After arriving in Canada in 2006, he started to be actively involved in the local HIV/AIDS communities mainly as front line psychosocial support for PHAs. After completing his MSc in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria, he is currently involved in Community Based Research.  Research Associate Community-Based Research CAAT and McMaster University


Rachel Landy

Rachel has participated three times in the UWW fellowship! Rachel’s experiences as an HIV/AIDS educator for youth in Thailand, as a HIV/AIDS program assistant in a small community in Ghana and with HIV prevention for Aboriginal youth in Canada have reinforced, in her eyes, the need for innovative and creative strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention and education. Rachel passed her written and oral comprehensive examinations at the Department of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University in topic areas that included HIV education and youth, arts-based research and theories of indigeneity, indigenous health and research.


Marianne Beaulieu

Marianne is currently assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Laval University (Quebec, Canada). In recent years, she has developed expertise in engaged scholarship and community-based research related to HIV/AIDS. The injustices experienced by vulnerable populations in particular people living with HIV (PLHIV) impel her to work in solidarity with these groups. Since the beginning of her career, she sought to acquire academic as well as practical knowledge and skills for both the prevention of HIV and the improvement of quality of life of PLHIV.

Marianne recommended reading: Conceptualizing 20 years of engaged scholarship: A scoping review


Todd Coleman

Todd has a PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (2014) from the University of Western Ontario. After his PhD studies, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the HIV Prevention Lab in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University over 2014-2016, under Dr. Trevor Hart. Prior to joining the Department of Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017, he worked as a Public Health Epidemiologist with the Middlesex-London Health Unit in London, Ontario. His research focuses on the population and community determinants of health for sexual and gender minority populations, access to health care services, chronic conditions and infectious conditions such as HIV, and other sexually-transmitted infections. Todd continues to work with various community representatives on research initiatives, conducting rigorous community- and policy-relevant research.


Sarah Switzer

Sarah is local community educator and community-based researcher living in Toronto. She completed her Master of Arts in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the OISE, University of Toronto with a focus on arts-based HIV curriculum for youth. She currently coordinates Empower, an arts-based HIV peer education program at Central Toronto Community Health Centre. This program was inspired by the youth-led publication of Empower: Youth, Arts and Activism – An HIV/AIDS Arts Activism Manual for Youth by Youth. She has worked on five research teams with a focus on community-based research, youth, education, HIV and arts-based methods. York University


Colin Hastings

Colin began working in the HIV/AIDS sector in 2010 as a community educator with a local ASO in Kingston, Ontario. Since then his research has centered on the relationship between community education and community building within AIDS organizations. He is currently a Doctoral candidate in Sociology at York University. His research focuses on rural experiences of living with HIV and the ways that people living with the virus in these settings politicize their status. He is always looking for ways to build bridges between research that happens in universities and local community groups.


 Oghenowede Eyawo (Ede)

Dr. Oghenowede Eyawo (Ede), PhD, MPH, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Global Health Epidemiology, Faculty of Health, York University. Ede was a CANOC Post-doctoral Fellow and Researcher at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). His primary research interest is in HIV and aging, response to antiviral therapy among HIV and hepatitis C virus-infected individuals, outcomes and health services research. He also has a keen interest in methodological aspects of study designs in observational and experimental epidemiology. Oghenowede completed a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and as a Student Researcher at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. His primary research interest is in HIV and aging, outcomes and health services research and his PhD work is examining the relationship between survival, cardiovascular disease outcomes and heath services utilization comparing HIV-positive and negative individuals. For leisure, Oghenowede loves to travel, enjoys playing basketball and follows NBA games closely.


Daniel Grace





Daniel is an Assistant Professor in the Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. In 2018, Daniel received a Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Health! Daniel has a PhD in sociology (2012) and was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His work focuses on the experiences of gay and bisexual men who have received a recent or acute HIV diagnosis. Daniel also conducts transnational ethnographic research on the ways in which legislative environments may act as complex determinants of health to support and/or undermine responses to HIV/AIDS.

Daniel recommends reading his first-author paper: The Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis-Stigma Paradox: Learning from Canada’s First Wave of PrEP Users


Jonathan Postnikoff


Since his time in Universities Without Walls generations 5 and 6, Jonathan has completed his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University. While pursuing his degree, Jonathan was awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for his proposal exploring the medico-legal borderland of HIV non-disclosure criminalization.

Jonathan now works as a policy analyst for the International Affairs Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada where his policy work focuses on mobilizing sustainable finance, reducing marine plastic pollution, and building resilience in developing countries. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys physical fitness, skiing, skating, reading, and spending time with his cat, Maelo.


Liam Michaud

Liam has worked with CACTUS-Montréal since 2010, a needle-exchange program and community-based harm reduction organization. He works as a street outreach worker providing support and advocacy for drug users, sex workers and other street-involved people downtown. His research concerns the displacement of drug users by urban revitalization and development projects in Montréal. His research aims to document the impacts of this displacement socially, in terms of HIV risk and prevention practice, as well as in terms of loss of culture and community.


Mark Gaspar

Mark is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, working on three national gay men’s health and HIV-related studies. His specializations are in sociological theory and qualitative research. He examines health inequalities affecting sexual and gender minorities, with concentrations in sexual health, HIV, HPV, blood-donation policy, and mental health. His research investigates how biomedicine has influenced our understanding of the fundamental causes of social inequalities, focusing on how it operates as a dominant frame for organizing health research and advocacy for marginalized communities. Mark was a UWW fellow in cohorts 5 (2013-14) and 6 (2014-15).

One recommended publication: “Confronting comorbidity risks within HIV biographies



Meck Chongo

Meck previously worked in different medical specialties, both in England and Zimbabwe, treating HIV/AIDS patients and those with other illnesses. In Canada, he started as a volunteer at the Vancouver Native Health Society and pioneered formation of the Dude’s club, a community-based project to optimize the health and well-being of men living with HIV/AIDS. My CIHR-funded PhD research will assess the impact of historic trauma on treatment in Aboriginal men living with HIV/AIDS in BC.  Health Sciences  University of Northern BC


Doe O’Brien-Teengs

Doe is a Cree two-spirit wife and mother, writer and storyteller studying in the Joint PhD in Education Program at Lakehead University where she investigating  Aboriginal methodologies and methodologies in HIV research. She has worked as an HIV/AIDS for 15 years most recently as the Executive Director of the Ontario  HIV/AIDS Aboriginal Strategy (2010 to 2013). Doe has conducted much Community Based Research as community partner, knowledge user, co-investigator and co-principal investigator where she strongly advocates for Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP) principles in research with Aboriginal peoples.


Nora Butler Burke

Nora has been involved in migrant justice, prison abolition, feminist and anti-colonial movements for over a decade. She spent the past 6 years working at ASTT(e)Q (Action santé travesti(e)s et transsexuel(le)s du Québec), a Montréal harm reduction project working with low-income and sex working trans people. In January 2014, she will begin a Master’s degree researching the impacts of ‘double punishment’ and state surveillance on the lives of migrant trans women in Montreal.


Nathan Lachowsky

Nathan is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria BC. Nathan is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar finishing his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Guelph. His research interests include HIV, sexual health, and health equity. His dissertation focuses on HIV prevention among younger gay, bisexual and other MSM in New Zealand as well as a critical examination of ethnicity classification methods in public health surveillance. He serves as Vice Chair of the AIDS Committee of Guelph and on the OHTN OCS Governance Committee.


Rusty Souleymanov

He is an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. Rusty received his PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto. He has worked in the fields of harm reduction, sexual health promotion as well as on employment initiatives for PHAs. He is currently involved in a number of community-based participatory projects with sexual minority men and drug users in Ontario, with the aim of understanding the social exclusion of these groups from public health policy participation, and the ways community-based organizations can facilitate their engagement in health system decision-making.


Soraya Blot

Soraya is an MSc Student in the field of Population Epidemiology in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and Biology with a Minor in Rehabilitation Sciences from Western.  Soraya’s research interests include public health issues, infectious diseases, health of ethno-racial and other vulnerable groups, and the social determinants of health. Her current research project consists of an evaluation of the access of African, Caribbean and other Black communities residing in Middlesex-London to the local AIDS service organization.


Stephanie Savage

Social Worker- Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital; Stephanie has frontline experience providing supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda and Canada. Her current research explores the impacts of the 2012 Supreme Court rulings concerning HIV non-disclosure criminalization on the provision of supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS. She is interested in using research to inform policies and the creation of effective supportive services that will improve the overall level and equity of HIV/AIDS health.


Colin Hastings

Colin began working in the HIV/AIDS sector in 2010 as a community educator with a local ASO in Kingston, Ontario. Since then his research has centered on the relationship between community education and community building within AIDS organizations. He is currently a Doctoral candidate in Sociology at York University. His research focuses on rural experiences of living with HIV and the ways that people living with the virus in these settings politicize their status. He is always looking for ways to build bridges between research that happens in universities and local community groups.


Henry Luyombya

Henry is an educator and community-based researcher with a long history of community activism, service and capacity building experiences. He started as a youth AIDS activist in Uganda and since coming to Canada, Henry has helped co-found Pride Uganda Alliance International, worked on youth and global village committees of the AIDS2006 Conference, and has volunteered for several social and AIDS service organizations in Toronto. Research Coordinator Community-Based Research


Gerardo Betancourt

Gerardo started working as a Men’s Outreach Worker at the HIV Prevention Program at the Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples (CSSP). In 2007 he was admitted to the Masters Adult Education at OISE, University of Toronto, which he completed in 2009. His research interests are: HIV studies, Queer masculinities and migration, body mapping and qualitative narratives, ethno-racial communities, behaviour and group interventions, among others.  Social Work University of Toronto


Geoffrey Maina

Geoffrey came to Canada in the fall of 2010 to pursue Doctoral education in Nursing at the University of Alberta. As part of his PhD work, he joined a community based CIHR funded national research project whose aim is to increase capacity for HIV care among nurses. Currently he is fashioning his PhD thesis around the lived experiences of people who are involved in GIPA activities particularly in teaching and research.


Cristian Rangel

Cristian’s area of expertise lies at the intersection of medical sociology, the study of social movements and the sociology of morality. His doctoral work focuses on moral questions around inequality, solidarity work and claims for social justice and recognition. During his UWW tenure Cristian explored the connections between doctors and grassroots organizations working to promote the health rights of communities and individuals in vulnerable positions in society, and how these partnerships facilitate the humane transformation of the health care system.

Listen to this podcast with Cristian on “Setting the standard: Medical Education’s first 50 years


Charles Furlotte




Charles Furlotte is a registered social worker and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Work at McMaster University. His recent projects include a qualitative study addressing perspectives of gay men who are growing older with HIV, and the community driven project HIV and Aging: An Environmental Scan of Programs and Services in Canada. Charles takes pride in his Maritime roots, and enjoys the beach and mindfulness meditation. Social Work McMaster University


Rana Aslanov

Rana graduated from Medical School in Azerbaijan in 1982. She then started her career as a General Practitioner in an Outpatient Clinic. After her arrival to Canada, she decided to pursue a career as a Medical Researcher. Rana’s ongoing PhD project has high potential to evolve into a Trans-Canadian HPV/HIV Network, with the main purpose of such a network being to implement the anal cancer screening program for the HIV population. Clinical Epidemiology Memorial University of Newfoundland


Jill Chettiar

Jill’s interest in the field of public and population health and the Canadian HIV epidemic is grounded in her experience as a grassroots social justice and anti-poverty organizer in Vancouver. Jill’s career in research began at the NAOMI Project in 2005, as Research Coordinator and co-investigator of a qualitative adjunct study. Jill was able to connect her interest in gender-based analysis and research while working for the Maka Project, a community-based project examining social and structural factors which shaped HIV vulnerability and health access among women involved in street-level work in Vancouver. Project Coordinator BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS


Jenny Rand

Jenny began her community health career in Nunavut, undertaking summer health promotion campaigns for the Government of Nunavut. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Jenny began working for the Alberta Health Services within the Sexual & Reproductive Health Program. Her current research project utilizes a social determinants of health approach in examining Inuit women’s perceptions and experiences to inform future development of STI, HIV, and/or sexual health promotion and education programming.   Social Dimensions of Health University of Victoria


Jamie Reschny

Jamie has been involved in social and health research in northern, rural and remote regions focusing on Aboriginal populations for the past 15 years focusing primarily on health and community development in rural and remote communities in northern Canada. Many of the communities he has worked with have been predominantly Aboriginal, shaping his academic and personal career in supporting communities and Community-based Organizations (CBOs) to work towards developing projects that build capacity. In this he has worked, in particular, as a board member, research administrator, consultant and researcher with multiple non-profits, as well as funders and service providers, on topics related to harm reduction, illicit drug use and HIV, since 2008.


Warren Michelow

Warren is a Project Advisor at Centre for Operations Excellence, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. Warren has been involved in community activism for many years in a variety of areas including HIV, harm reduction and substance use, and GLBT rights. This includes terms on the boards of AIDS Vancouver, BC Persons With AIDS Society (now Positive Living BC) and the Public Health Association of BC; the Steering Committee of the Pacific AIDS Network; Keeping the Door Open: Dialogues on Drug Use; Gay Men’s Health Reference Group, and MindBodyLove (peer-led harm reduction outreach at raves and music festivals). Population and Public Health  University of British Columbia


Dario Kuzmanovic

Dario is the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Integrity at the University of California. Dario’s Masters research focused on ethics of HIV research and is inspired by his work with a unique community-based HIV Research Ethics Board and his life-long work with marginalized communities.


Daniel Pugh

Daniel completed a Master in Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto after working for 10 years in the HIV sector in Ontario. Daniel was the Manager of Health Promotion for the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.


Courtney Bell

Courtney is addressing a significant research gap, fusing basic science with community-based research methodologies to investigate HIV susceptibility and disease progression in solvent users in Manitoba. Medical Microbiology University of Manitoba


Ayden Scheim

Ayden’s doctoral research focuses on methods for social-epidemiological research in HIV, and factors impacting HIV-related sexual risk among transgender Ontarians, as part of the Trans PULSE community-based research study.


Angel Serrano

Angel studied Rural Development in Mexico and is now pursuing his PhD at the University of Windsor looking at aspects of stigma and discrimination in the everyday lives of Latinos and Latinas living with HIV/AIDS in Canada.  Sociology University of Windsor



Mikiki is a performance artist, activist, educator and sexual and reproductive health worker who emphasizes community-based practices and radical queer approaches across all of his work.  Community Sexuality Educator


Lydia Makoroka

Lydia has been involved in community-based research, frontline work and outreach with African and Caribbean communities in Toronto for over 10 years and completed her Masters in Health Research Methodology at McMaster.


Jessica Whitbread

Jessica brings her passion for music, art, advocacy and tea parties to her graduate research which uses popular education within an anti-oppressive framework to bring together women living with HIV for social change. Environmental Studies York University


Zack Marshall

He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University. Building on a history of community work in the areas of HIV, harm reduction, and mental health, Zack’s research explores interdisciplinary connections between public engagement, knowledge production, and research ethics in queer and trans communities. Current projects that address these themes: a study of employment conditions for peer researchers and community scholars applying a labour lens; the development of an online, accessible Global Trans Research Evidence Map; and exploring the implications of open access publishing in relation to medical photographs and recommendations for new attention to informed consent.

Marshall, Z., Brunger, F., Welch, V., Asghari, S., & Kaposy, C. (2018). Open availability of patient medical photographs in Google Images search results: Cross-sectional study of transgender research. Journal of Medical Internet Research20(2). https://www.jmir.org/2018/2/e70/

Marshall, Z., Dechman, M. K., Minichiello, A., Alcock, L., & Harris, G. E. (2015). Peering into the literature: A systematic review of the roles of people who inject drugs in harm reduction initiatives. Drug and Alcohol Dependence151, 1-14. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871615001404  


Mercedes Umaña

Mercedes has over 18 years of experience facilitating individual/community healing and organizational development processes locally and transnationally as an educator, therapist, researcher, and consultant with Government Agencies. Counselling Psychology; Women and Gender Studies University of Toronto


Añiela de la Cruz


Añiela dela Cruz is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, and UWW fellow from 2010-2011. She holds a PhD in Nursing and an MSc in Health Promotion Studies (School of Public Health, University of Alberta). She has 20 years of professional experience in community and public health, health policy development, and health and program evaluation research. Since 2001, she has worked in the area of HIV/AIDS with community partners to address the most affected communities in Alberta.  More recently, her team has worked together to understand internalized HIV stigma among newcomers living with HIV in Canada, and the mandatory HIV screening done through the Canadian Immigration Medical Exam process. Currently, Añiela chairs the Newcomer, HIV, Immigration, treatment Engagement and Stigma in Canada (NewHITES) Canada Community Based Research Team.  Recently, she worked with colleagues across Canada to examine HIV-specific content for health professional students. Aniela is also a mom to three awesome young children and loves every bit of being a music-piano-cello-hockey-ballet-mum!

One recommended publication: “Teaching HIV-specific content for pre-licensure nursing and health professions students: a review and synthesis.”


Caitlin Sinclair

Caitlin’s graduate research on barriers to accessing hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs builds on her front-line and research experience working with people with addictions. Community Health and Epidemiology Dalhousie University


Margaret Ormond

Winner of the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) 2016 Red Ribbon Award presented annually for outstanding service to the cause of research in a way that has increased our understanding of the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, while enhancing the quality of life of those living with this disease. Margaret is the Special Programs Coordinator at Sunshine House in Winnipeg, drop-in and resource centre with a focus on harm reduction, health promotion and social programing. Margaret has been involved since the centre’s inception and coordinates activities and services. Margaret has helped numerous HIV/AIDS research projects by connecting with and involving study participants in a meaningful way. To Margaret, multidisciplinarity and meaningful involvement of participants is critical to good research.


Adrian Guta

Adrian is an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Ontario. Adrian unites public health and bioethics in his research exploring the Canadian HIV community-based research movement and the ‘ethical work’ involved in such transgressive research practices.




Chris Sanders

Chris is an Assistant Professor at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. His research investigates the influence of the criminal law on public health HIV prevention policy and counseling practices. Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Lakehead University


Jen MacPherson

Jen currently works as a Registered Dietitian and Treatment, Health and Wellness Coordinator at Positive Living BC, an organization that seeks to empower people living with HIV through mutual support and collective action.


Kate Smith

Kate’s research examines the availability of and barriers to access to health services for people who smoke crack, and builds on her work with the HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention Research Team.  Epidemiology University of Ottawa


Eli Manning





Eli is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Eli’s academic interests in HIV, sex, gender, and anti-racist and –colonist practices are her newest venture into HIV work, after voluntary and paid experience in AIDS organizations and advocacy.


Duncan MacLachan

Duncan brings more than 30 years of community development, program management and lived experience with HIV/AIDS to his role as a community based researcher. His primary research interests include health promotion, mental health, HIV prevention, harm reduction, HIV and aging, and motivational interviewing.


Ciann Wilson

Ciann is an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario. Originally from Westmoreland, Jamaica, Ciann works with racialized youth at community centres and high schools across Toronto. She has dedicated much of her academic and professional careers to helping reduce inequities in the sexual health education received by racialized youth.


Tamara Landry

Tamara works with two Youth Advisory Committees to guide her doctoral research exploring sexual health and disclosure concerns of HIV+ youth and youth not infected with HIV.  Health and Rehabiliation Sciences University of Western Ontario


Patrick Charette-Dionne

Patrick’s approach to his master’s degree in interdisciplinary social science and critical perspectives on HIV comes from his experiential learning as both activist and professional work in the field. Interdisciplinary Social Science Concordia University


Alex McClelland

Alex is a doctoral student at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies on Culture and Society, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. His work focuses on social aspects of HIV, social theory and critical legal studies. During his doctoral studies, Alex is examining the lives of people who have been criminally prosecuted in relation to not disclosing their HIV-positive status. He is supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).


Lisa Campbell

Lisa currently coordinates events and communications for membership services at Fort McMurray Metis 1935 Local, and also works as the Outreach Director of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy


Nicole Greenspan

Nicole’s work as a research coordinator at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) provided a grounding in community-based research and activism for her PhD work in health services research. Health Policy University of Toronto


Rachel Wade

Through UWW, Rachel wants to bring broader social perspectives to her PhD. research which investigates HIV and HCV therapy-related mitochondrial dysfunction in the setting of co-infection.  Pathology and Laboratory Medicine University of British Columbia


Rika Moorhouse

Rika recently completed a master’s of public health at Simon Fraser University. During her studies, Rika was supported by a UWW fellowship to pursue research in South Africa with the HIV/AIDS Vaccine Ethics Group (HAVEG). The fellowship resulted several poster presentations and a manuscript on her community learning service and capstone.  Rika now works with Drs. Mark Tyndall and Bill Cameron at the OHRI, a highlight of which is managing the international CAPT Network.


Helena Shimeles

Helena’s graduate work at York University and community-based work at ACCHO has focused on black youth engagement and sexual health. African Caribbean Council Community, ACCHO


Robert Sam Milligan

Robert (Sam) Milligan works for Northern Health in British Columbia, as the Blood Borne Pathogen Regional Health Systems Navigator. In this role he provides education and consultation services to Regional Northern Health programs and communities. Some of his responsibilities include improve community access to HIV & HCV treatment, increase testing for HIV/HCV and provide current practice education to staff/physicians and community members.


Hannah Gilbert

Hannah’s current research interests combine medical anthropology and global health, which she balances with active involvement in supporting individuals living with HIV in Senegal.  Medical Anthropology, Social Sciences and Studies of Population Health McGill University



Shamara Baidoobonso

Dr. Shamara Baidoobonso is an epidemiologist who specializes in using evidence to inform decision-making, services, programs, and policies within the health sector. Drawing on her background in community-based research and knowledge and skills gained through Universities Without Walls, she successfully integrates health equity, social justice, and public engagement into evidence-based practice. Her work touches on HIV prevention and care for African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) people, as well as cancer screening for all Ontarians. Shamara worked at Cancer Care Ontario where she lead a team that conducts evidence syntheses to inform decisions about the design and modification of Ontario’s organized cancer screening programs. Additionally, she is the nominated epidemiologist for the AC Study, which is a second-generation HIV surveillance system for ACB Ontarians. Outside of work, she is a member of the review panel for the Toronto Urban Health Fund, a member of the Research Committee for the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario, and she volunteers with a charitable organization that helps people who are street-involved. In recognition of her professional and volunteer work, Shamara has received multiple scholarships and awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is also newly married.


Brent Oliver

Brent is an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. After over 15 years in the Canadian community-based AIDS movement. Brent explored labour force participation for people living with HIV/AIDS in his doctoral research in social work in the University of Calgary


Angela Pickard

Angela’s PhD work is on the behavioural, structural and epidemiological aspects of HIV risk behaviours and prevention with the analysis of concurrent substance use and mental illness.