Dr. Brittany Barker

Brittany Barker, PhD, is a Research Scientist with the BC Centre on Substance Use and a Health System Impact Fellow with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). Dr. Barker is a leading co-investigator of the FNHA-led, BCCSU-partnered $2.5M CIHR grant to support and evaluate five community-based Indigenous harm reduction initiatives to mitigate overdose deaths and highlight strengths and culture in First Nations communities across BC (PI: A. Ward). Dr. Barker completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2019. Her dissertation investigated the public health impacts of child welfare policies among street-involved youth At-Risk Youth Study, including providing empirical evidence of the intergenerational trauma associated with the residential school system among younger Indigenous people who use drugs in Vancouver. Since starting with the BCCSU in 2013, Dr. Barker has produced 11 first-authored publications (5 additional publications) in leading public health and substance use journals and garnered extensive funding to support her doctoral and postdoctoral training, including a UBC Four Year Fellowship and Tuition Award, CIHR Doctoral Award and is currently supported by a CIHR-IHSPR Health System Impact Fellowship.