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Patricia Spittal

Patricia Spittal

Professor PhD

Interim Associate Director – Research, CEIH



269-2206 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


Dr. Patricia Spittal is an anthropologist whose work addresses HIV-related vulnerabilities of marginalized communities living in both resource-rich and resource-poor countries.

She is the principal investigator of The Cedar Project, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded initiative that is looking to understand the sexual and drug-related vulnerabilities of Aboriginal youth who use drugs.

She and her research team from Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda and Lacor Hospital, Gulu, also received CIHR funding to establish a similar prospective cohort in Northern Uganda called the “Cango Lyec Project” (Healing the Elephant) that addresses the HIV vulnerabilities of people affected by conflict in Northern Uganda.

She is currently accepting Master’s students only for Cango and Cedar.  She is no longer accepting new PhD students.

Please contact Anton Friedman at anton.friedman@bcchr.ca

UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to the University and Community (2017)

Nominee, U.S. Embassy International Visitors Leadership Program on Indigenous Health (2016)

Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital

Associate Director for Research, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Spittal’s research interests include sexual and drug-related harms associated with injection drug use and vulnerabilities of young Aboriginal drug users.

Below are articles related to her research.