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Amanda Slaunwhite

Amanda Slaunwhite

Assistant Professor (Partner), PhD


2206 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


Dr. Slaunwhite has expertise in overdose, substance use, addiction and mental health. She has eight years’ experience working with administrative health data in BC and the US on topics related to overdose, substance use and mental health. 

She holds a PhD in geography from the University of Victoria (2015) and master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Queen’s University (2009). Dr. Slaunwhite completed post-doctoral training in child and youth mental health in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick (2015-2017) and is a former assistant professor in Addictions Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage (2017-2018). She has worked in applied health research and policy roles at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and Parliamentary Information and Research Service (Parliament of Canada).  

Scholar Award, Michael Smith Health Research BC (2022)

Senior Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control

Amanda leads an active program of research that uses administrative health data to examine topics related to overdose, substance use, mental health and criminal legal system involvement. She also leads projects that use community-based participatory methods in the areas of peer support and peer health education, substance use, and community reintegration after release from correctional institutions.

SPPH 301 – Understanding the Sociocultural Determinants of the Health of Populations