UWW Fellowships

UWW Today

It is an HIV research training program anchored in diverse communities. It offers training fellowships to promising emerging Canadian HIV researchers. It offers a community of learners, researchers, clinicians, and friends. UWW also co-funds partner fellowships (see lists of excellent names below) and cohorts (2017-2018) on embedded intervention researchers. It is a hub for learning and teaching about HIV research for emerging researchers, teachers, graduate students, and lay persons in the community. It boasts partnerships and collaborations with other national HIV-related organizations, networks and national HIV studies such as the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, the CIHR CBR Collaborative, The HIV Stigma Index and others.

UWW 2009-2015

UWW was created to provide a network for HIV research support and mentorship to otherwise isolated students working in disparate disciplines and regions, and to increase their chances to succeed academically and professionally in an increasingly complex and competitive professional field. The aim of the UWW Program was to develop a new generation of HIV researchers in socio-scientific disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, epidemiology, public health), including the helping professions (e.g., counseling, social work, nursing).  In our conversations with UWW colleagues, they note that that in the future, it is unlikely that many students in the social sciences and humanities will be hired into academic positions solely as AIDS researchers. New graduates — especially those who want to work directly with AIDS-impacted communities and organizations — will need to position their research work in a broader health-research context in order to obtain academic positions, or find other venues to obtain research, policy and programming positions within the non-profit and public health sectors. It is important for advanced graduate training programs — in this case, one that trains a new generation of HIV researchers — to balance the emphasis that is often placed on producing new trainees with knowledge and skills to work in an academic environment, with a commitment to producing trainees who are well connected to community, and more closely positioned to be successful in their chosen career paths (Campbell & Bisby, 2013, p. vi).

UWW admitted an annual cohort of between 10 to 16 fellows, who were either graduate students from a diverse range of disciplines or community-based researchers active in the HIV field from across Canada. The UWW program was funded by a Strategic Training in Health Research (STIHR) grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and has been housed at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) as the training arm of the CIHR Centre for REACH (Research Evidence into Action for Community Health) in HIV/AIDS (see www.universitieswithoutwalls.ca). Health research at CIHR is based on four main pillars:  biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, and population and public health research (see www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca). The fourth pillar of population and public health research is rooted in community work, which can be challenging for students to engage with from their graduate departments. UWW was conceived of as a means to bolster HIV health research on population and public health by connecting up-and-coming researchers with relevant community-based interventions and interdisciplinary research taking place across the country.

Each UWW cohort lasted one year that was comprised of: a) sustained mentorship (e.g., phone conversations, direct help with grant writing, etc.; b) fortnightly online webinars that aim to develop fellows’ knowledge of community-based research (CBR), research ethics, and interdisciplinary research; c) community service learning in the form of a “field mentoring placement”; d) face-to-face engagement with fellows and mentors, most notably at the week-long culminating learning institute; and e) a stipend for fellows’ to carry out their training activities. The program has been shown to increase fellows’ self-perceived knowledge, skills, and networking in community-based research, and reports from fellows suggest that UWW has been successful in retaining them in HIV research after their fellowship ends (Ibáñez-Carrasco, et.al, 2012).

STIHR Investigators 2009-2015

  • Chris P. Archibald, MDCM, MHSc* (PHAC, University of Ottawa) Policy Co-Investigator
  • Barry Adam, Ph.D. (University of Windsor) Co-Principal Investigator
  • Jean Bacon (OHTN) Principal Investigator as of 2011
  • Kevin Barlow (Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network) Community Co-Investigator
  • Greta Bauer, Ph.D., MPH (University of Western Ontario) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Larry Baxter (Nova Scotia Advisory Commission) Policy Collaborator
  • Anne Bowlby (Ontario MOHLTC, Health Program,Policy and Standards Branch) Policy Collaborator
  • David Brennan, Ph.D. (University of Toronto) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Dr. Shauna Butterwick (UBC) Co-Investigator
  • Roy Cain, Ph.D. (McMaster University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • John Cairney, Ph.D. (McMaster University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Ms. Tara Carnochan (Nine Circles Community Health Centre) Co-Investigator
  • Rhonda Chorney (Public Health Agency of Canada, Man. & Sask.) Policy Collaborator
  • Evan Collins, M.D. (Hassle Free Clinic) Community Co-Investigator
  • Susan Cress (AIDS Calgary Awareness Assoc.) Community Collaborator
  • Kim Dolan, (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) Community Co-Investigator
  • Margaret Dykeman, Ph.D. (University of New Brunswick) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Laurie Edmiston (Can. AIDS Tx Info. Exchange) Community Co-Investigator
  • Richard Elliott, BA, LL.B., LL.M (Can. HIV/AIDS Legal Network) Policy Co-Investigator
  • Stevenson Fergus, MPH, Ph.D. (Queen’s University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Sarah Flicker, Ph.D. (York University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Jacqueline Gahagan, Ph.D. (Dalhousie University) Co-Principal Investigator
  • Clemon George, Ph.D. (Univ. of Ontario Inst. of Tech.) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Saara Greene, Ph.D. (McMaster University, Fife House) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Trevor A. Hart, Ph.D. (Ryerson University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Robert Hogg, Ph.D. (Simon Fraser Univ., BC Centre for Excellence) Co-Principal Investigator
  • Winston Husbands, Ph.D. (AIDS Comm. of Toronto, ACCHO) Community Co-Investigator
  • Lois Jackson, Ph.D. (Dalhousie University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Randy Jackson, MA (McMaster Univ., CAAN) Community Co-Investigator
  • Rosemary Jolly, Ph.D. (Queen’s University) Co-Principal Investigator
  • Rupert Kaul , M.D., Ph.D. (Univ. of Toronto, Univ. Health Network) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Rick Kennedy (Ontario AIDS Network) Community Co-Investigator
  • Mr. Paul Kerston (Living Positive Society of BC – former BCPWA) Co-Investigator
  • Susan Kirkland, Ph.D. (Dalhousie University) Co-Principal Investigator
  • Jay Koornstra (Bruce House) Community Co-Investigator
  • Lynne Leonard, Ph.D. (University of Ottawa) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Alan Li, MD (Committee for Accessible AIDS Tx) Community Co-Investigator
  • Charlotte Loppie Reading, Ph.D. (Dalhousie University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Mona Loutfy, M.D. (Maple Leaf Medical Clinic, Univ. of Toronto) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Ms. Renee Masching (CAAN) Co-Investigator
  • Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Ph.D. (University of Windsor) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Frank McGee (AIDS Bureau, Ontario MOHLTC) Policy Co-Investigator
  • Dr. Javier Mignone (U of Manitoba) Co-Investigator
  • Peggy (Margaret E) Millson, MD (University of Toronto) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Deirdre Momburquette, (Nova Scotia Dept. of Health Promotion and Protection) Policy Collaborator
  • J. Gerry Mugford, Ph.D. (Memorial University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Eric Mykhalovskiy, Ph.D. (York University) Co-Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Vivian Namaste (Concordia) Principal Investigator as of 2011
  • Stephanie Nixon, Ph.D. (University of Toronto) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Samuel Noh, Ph.D. (CAMH, University of Toronto) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Patricia O’Campo, Ph.D. (CRICH, St. Michael’s Hospital) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Michael Orsini, Ph.D. (University of Ottawa) Co-Principal Investigator
  • Cynthia Patton, Ph.D. (Simon Fraser University) Co-Principal Investigator
  • Anita Rachlis, M.D., M.Ed. (Sunnybrook Hlth Sci., Univ. of Tor.) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Janice Ristock, Ph.D. (University of Manitoba) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Sean B. Rourke, Ph.D. Lead PI and Director, CITRHA (OHTN; CRICH, St. Michael’s Hospital; University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Sergio Rueda (OHTN) Co-Investigator
  • Paul Shuper, Ph.D. (CAMH, University of Toronto) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Ingrid Sketris, Ph.D. (Dalhousie University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Michael Sobota (AIDS Thunder Bay) Community Co-Investigator
  • Carol Strike, Ph.D. (CAMH, University of Toronto) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Wangari Tharao, MA, Ph.D.(c) (WHIWH, ACCHO) Community Co-Investigator
  • Robb Travers, Ph.D. (Wilfrid Laurier University) Academic Co-Investigator
  • Ms. Ruthann Tucker (OHTN) Co-Investigator
  • Dr. Michael Wilson (OHTN) Co-Investigator
  • Catherine Worthington, Ph.D. (University of Calgary) Co-Principal Investigator

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