Still here is a project of the Men’s Health Research program at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. We can be contacted at [email protected].
Olivier Ferlatte, Director and Lead Researcher
Dr. Olivier Ferlatte is a post-doctoral research fellow with the men’s health research program at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. He has over 15 years of experience working in gay men’s health promotion and research. His research focuses on the relationships between marginalization, violence, social inequity, and health outcomes among gay and bisexual men. Dr. Ferlatte is the director and lead researcher for Still Here.
John Oliffe, Co-director and researcher
Dr. John Oliffe is a Professor and Associate Director Research at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia. Founder and lead investigator of UBC's Men's Health Research program, his work focuses on masculinities as it influences men's health behaviors and illness management, and its impact on partners, families and overall life quality. Findings drawn from his research offer guidance to clinicians and researchers to advance men's health promotion in the areas of psychosocial prostate cancer care, smoking cessation and male depression and suicide prevention.
Travis Salway, Researcher
Travis Salway is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on health inequities experienced by lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people. In May 2017 he is starting a postdoctoral research fellowship at the UBC School of Population and Public Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control, where he will investigate health services solutions to elevated rates of depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, and substance use among LGB Canadians. Travis's training spans social work (University of California at Berkeley, 2002), clinical epidemiology (McGill University, 2008), and public health epidemiology (University of Toronto, 2017). His work is motivated by a commitment to social justice and to reallocating public health resources to benefit historically disadvantaged populations.
Madeline Hannan-Leith, Graduate student
Madeline is a Master’s student in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. As a graduate research assistant, Madeline is involved in co-leading the extension of the Still Here project to queer women. She is looking forward to continuing her graduate research with a focus on mental health and social support in LGBTQ/2S+ communities.
Riley Louie, Graduate student
Riley is a born and raised Vancouverite who did a short six-year stint in Toronto for his post-secondary education. However, his interests in a healthy lifestyle and outdoor activities fit much better back on the West Coast (the best coast) and so he moved back in 2011. After coming out in his early 20s and slowly developing pride and confidence as a gay man, Riley is interested in mens' health research and the barriers that exist for healthy living, specifically those pertinent to gay and bisexual men. Recently, Riley has co-formed the Rain City Ultimate Club, to promote the sport in the LGBTQ community. Riley is also a registered physiotherapist and a PhD student in the graduate program in Rehabilitation Sciences.
Aaron Purdie, Project Advisor
Aaron is a registered clinical counsellor in private practice (Eagle Wellness), musician, and program manager for mental health programs at HIM (Health Initiative for Men). In his graduate research, Aaron spent time investigating the risks and gratifications of online hook-up (dating) apps specifically related to mental health (2016). Aaron is committed to supporting and learning from his own, as well as other queer communities, promoting equity, and encouraging counselling modalities that reduce harm, violence and barriers to those who seek those services. Aaron's interests also include: talk-based prevention interventions (prevention of unwanted health outcomes); supporting those who have problematic relationships with food and eating; supporting people and families who are grieving; and working with those who are seeking to resolve conflict in relationships with identity, behaviours, and with other people.
Joanna Ho, Administration & Finance
Joanna Ho is the Financial and Operations Manager who is responsible for managing the financial administration of the Men’s Health Research program, including Still Here. She also coordinates the operational activities and strategic direction of the program.
Britney Dennison, Media and Communications
Britney Dennison is the Research Advisor for Men's Health Research where she coordinates the social media and communications plan. Britney is also the deputy director of the Global Reporting Centre where she specializes in mental health reporting and international journalism. Her journalistic work has won numerous awards, including several Edward R. Murrow awards. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Tyee, CTV, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and more.
Andrew Munroe, Web Development and Design
Andrew is a knowledge exchange specialist, web developer, and designer with the Men’s Health Research and the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, based out of UBC’s Okanagan Campus. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Globalization Studies. He’s passionate about public and environmental policy and is skilled at taking care of house plants so long as they don’t require water.
Foster Eastman, Artist
Foster Eastman is a Vancouver-based multimedia artist whose work examines social and cultural issues often shrouded in taboo and stigma. As a key community collaborator of Still Here, Foster brings expertise in creating space for those who have experienced trauma to tell their stories through art, while helping audience connect to these stories in meaningful ways.