Dr. Heather Palis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and at the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Her postdoctoral research seeks to investigate recent interventions introduced in response to the overdose crisis in British Columbia (e.g. expanded opioid agonist treatment, pharmaceutical alternatives to the toxic drug supply), with a focus on the impact of these interventions on people who have been recently incarcerated.
Her research uses administrative health and corrections records available in the Provincial Overdose Cohort held at the BC Centre for Disease Control, which offers the most comprehensive collection of records on fatal and non-fatal overdose events available in Canada. Heather’s postdoctoral research is supported by an MSFHR Research Trainee award, CIHR Fellowship, and UBC Institute of Mental Health Marshall Fellowship.