Sana Shahram

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health and Social Development, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP), School of Nursing
Other Titles: Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar; Collaborating Scientist, Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research; Embedded Health Equity Scholar, Interior Health
Phone: 250.807.8685

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Health Equity; Critical Population Health; Health Systems Transformation; Anti-colonial & anti-racist public health systems; Public Health; Mental Health and Substance Use; Maternal & Child Health; Complex Systems Change; Community- & Indigenous Nation- Led Research

Courses & Teaching

HES 130- Social Determinants of Health


PhD Interdisciplinary Grad Studies, University of British Columbia, 2015
MPH Health Communications & Behaviour Change, Tufts University, 2009
BSc Cell Biology & Genetics, University of British Columbia, 2007
BA English Literature, University of British Columbia, 2007

Research Interests & Projects

The xaȼqanaǂ ʔitkiniǂ (Many Ways of Working on the Same Thing) Project

Role: Nominated Principal Investigator

Co-PIs: Dr. Christopher Horsethief, Dr. Bernie Pauly, Hon. Sophie Pierre

CLARITY (Community-Led Actions for Resiliency Important Throughout Youth)

Role: Nominated Principal Investigator

Co-PI: Dr. Katrina Plamondon

The Co/Lab

Role: Co-Investigator

Co-PIs: Dr. Bernie Pauly & Dr. Karen Urbanoski

Embedded Scholarship

Role: Lead

Selected Publications & Presentations

Google Scholar Profile

Selected Grants & Awards

Current Active Funding held as Nominated Principal Investigator

Gaining CLARITY in the prevention of youth suicide: From pilot to partnership, 2021 – 2022, $75,000, Connection Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Systems Transformation for Health Equity: The PHAIRNESS Research Program, 2021 – 2026, $450,000, Scholar Award, Michael Smith Health Research BC

Promoting Health Equity Through Anti-Colonial Health Systems Transformation: The xacqanal itkinil (Many Ways of Working on the Same Thing) Research Project, 2021 – 2026, $956,250, Project Grant, Canadian Institute for Health Research


Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Advisory Board Member, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Vice President, Advisory Board, Lake Country Health

Associate, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Associate, The Health Arts Research Centre (HARC)

Associate Member, Women’s Health Research Institute

Member, Canadian Public Health Agency of Canada


This is a revolution, not a PR crisis

A systematic literature review of resiliency factors to prevent youth suicide: A conversation with Dr. Sana Shahram


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