Dr. Abramovich has been addressing the issue of 2SLGBTQ+ youth homelessness for over 15 years. He is an award winning, internationally recognized leader in the area of 2SLGBTQ+ health and homelessness. The overarching aim of his program of research is to investigate the health and social inequities experienced by 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, with a focus on understanding and improving the health and service needs of 2SLGBTQ+ youth and young adults. Dr. Abramovich’s research has led to groundbreaking practice and policy reform, including the launch of Canada’s first dedicated transitional housing program for 2SLGBTQ+ youth. He has worked closely with all levels of government to develop policies and strategies that address the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and is committed to research that successfully and ethically engages marginalized populations.
Dr. Monica Rana holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Public Health. She has experience in the field of youth mental health. For her Ph.D. thesis, she worked with youth and their families to understand bullying and its mental health effects and to conduct interventions to reduce bullying perpetration. In addition, she also has experience working with marginalized youth and sexual and gender minority populations. As a South Asian herself, she is also working with ethnic minority youth to understand health disparities among South Asian youth. In her role as a postdoctoral teaching fellow, she is teaching the Health Impacts of Climate Change course. For her future research, she specifically would like to focus on the health disparities among sexual/gender minority youth and across specific ethnocultural groups that experience racism and the role of intersectionality.
Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc is a Professor, Distinguished University Scholar, and Director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She also leads the multidisciplinary Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at UBC. For over 25 years, her research has focused on how stigma, discrimination, violence, and trauma influence adolescents’ health and coping behaviours, and what environments, relationships, policies, and interventions can help foster resilience and improve health equity for young people, especially those who are marginalized, including 2SLGBTQ+ and Indigenous youth.