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Alissa M. Greer

School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Alissa M. Greer
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Thesis: Peer Engagement and Health Equity in Harm Reduction
Degrees: BA; MPH; PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Jane Buxton

Awards & Scholarships

  • Public Scholars Initiative Award (2015-2016)
  • Four Year Fellowship (2014-2018)
  • Bridge Fellowship (2014-2017)
  • Ontario Problem Gambling Research Studentship Award (2010-2012)
  • Advanced Planning for Students Award (University of Toronto) (2011-2012)

Internship Positions

  • BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Centre for Addictions Research of BC


In Canada, access to harm reduction is still limited; geography and law in BC leaves health inequities among one of Canada's most marginalized populations. To date, studies are yet to explore the experiences of people who use drugs as important peer leaders in harm reduction. The objective of this study is to fill this gap in the research and examine the contextual, psychosocial and behavioural experiences in peer engagement in harm reduction initatives. As part of the current Harm Reduction program at the BC Centre for Disease Control, my research will examine peer engagement in harm reduction across all five regional health authorities in BC. The results from this research have obvious implications in policy and practice. The results of my research will (1) help bridge the existing gap in understanding how people who use drugs experience harm reduction programming; (2) identify what barriers or facilitators impede or support harm reduction strategies; (3) inform current and future provision of harm reduction program in BC. The proposed research will generate new knowledge and innovative strategies to implement harm reduction intiatives that reflect the needs of the entire community and can be applied to peer engagement pratices across Canada. 

Work Experience

2015-2016: Research Project Coordinator, Peer Engagement Project, BC Center for Disease Control, Vancouver, BC

2009-2016: Research Assistant, Center for Addictions Research of BC, Victoria BC

2013-2014: Research Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Denver CO

2012-2014: Board Member, PlatteForum

2012-2013: Programs and Research Director, Harm Reduction Action Center, Denver CO

2012 (06-12): Detox Technician, Arapahoe House, Denver CO

2012 (01-06): Programs Evaluator (Consultant), PlatteForum, Denver CO

2010-2012: Research Assistant, Bellwood Health Services, Toronto ON

2008-2009: Program Coordinator, Youth Empowerment Society, Victoria BC

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