Dr. Lindsay Farrell, PhD, is Anishinaabe and a member of Eabametoong First Nation. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and holder of the Indigenous Substance Use Leadership Professorship. In her current position she provides strategic leadership, coordination and counsel to the BCCSU leadership team to ensure the alignment across the Education, Research and Clinical Care Guidance pillars of the BCCSU. She leads work in the area of Indigenous wellness and culturally appropriate approaches to addiction and substance use care. This includes supporting and leading the BCCSU’s internal and external work in the area of Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility, therapeutic guidelines, research practice supports and aligned educational activities. She also oversees and provides leadership to the BCCSU’s Community Engagement pillar which includes engagement of People with Lived and Living Experience (PWLE), Family and Recovery stakeholders and working with Indigenous community groups and Nations across the province, including the First Nation’s Health Authority.
Lindsay obtained her PhD at Simon Fraser University and held Post-Doctoral positions at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh and University of British Columbia. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at University of British Columbia with research interests in Indigenous health & wellness, decolonizing addiction, Indigenous research methods, epigenetics and understanding the impacts of social determinants of health. Her dissertation work is published in a number of leading academic journals, including Nature Genetics.