Associate Professor
My office at St. Paul’s Hospital: 588 – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6
My office at SPPH: 296 – 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3

I obtained a degree in clinical psychology at the University of Cordoba (Argentina), a PhD in social psychology and behavioural sciences methodology in Spain, and completed post-doctoral studies at the Andalusian School of Public Health. There, I conducted research on substance use and public health, and was part of a clinical trial testing pharmaceutical-grade heroin for long-term severe opioid use disorder.

I moved to Canada in 2006 to join Dr. Schechter’s research program and became an Investigator on the NAOMI study, North America’s first heroin-assisted treatment trial. My main research area is public health and substance use, with a focus on testing alternative approaches to expand and diversify the treatments offered.

I am an Associate Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and a Research Scientist in the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at Providence Health Care. I am very fortunate to also be supported by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award and a CIHR New Investigator award.

I am a recipient of 2016 Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award and 2016 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Awards: Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research.

Here is a bit more about me and my work, in the Providence Health Care Meet and Greet page: http://phcnews.ca/news/dr-eugenia-oviedo-joekes-lead-researcher-salome

Courses:

I am the instructor of SPPH 550 Public Health Approaches to Addictions. I developed this class with the aim of critically discussing current issues around substance use and public health, from a multidisciplinary perspective. This class takes place in the fall, on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 12.

I am also the instructor of SPPH 507/607 MSc/PhD Research Seminar, an introductory class to welcome new students to SPPH. This class takes place in the fall, on Friday mornings from 10:15 to 12.

Graduate Students (current)

Kirsten Marchand, PhD Candidate.
Kirsten’s PhD research is focused on defining the concept of Patient Centered Care for the injectable opioid assisted treatment model. Integration of this patient-informed conceptual framework of patient centered care will inform strategies to better meet the needs of patients.

Heather Palis, PhD Candidate.
Heather’s PhD research is focused on understanding the relationship between stimulant use and treatment outcomes among patients receiving injectable opioid assisted treatment. Evidence will inform strategies to best support the treatment needs of this important subgroup of opioid-dependent patients that use stimulants.

Prospective Students

Our understanding of substance use and addictive behaviours requires giving consideration to individual, social, and environmental factors. These factors contribute to the development, prevention, treatment and management of addictive behaviours and its related problems. Moreover, substance use and addictive behaviours have negative consequences that manifest in a variety of areas affecting individual lives and communities at large. I am accepting MSc students interested in studying any of the aspects related to substance use and addictive behaviours, from policy to mental

My main research area is public health and substance use, with a focus on testing alternative approaches to expand and diversify the treatments offered.

My research has been focused on testing treatments for long-term opioid dependency. I am a co-Investigator of North America’s first heroin-assisted treatment trial (NAOMI) and the Principal Investigator of SALOME, a randomized double-blind non-inferiority clinical trial testing hydromorphone and diacetylmorphine (i.e., pharmaceutical grade heroin) for severe opioid use disorder.

I currently hold a CIHR grant to study the treatment needs of patients’ receiving injectable opioids within a supervised model of care (daily, under the supervision of health care providers).