Capacity Staff

Patrick John Burnett, MA, PhD Candidate

Patrick is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. His current research employs relational field theoretic principles alongside a multi-method analytical approach to investigate the ways in which social position, time and experience shape the practices of people who pay for sexual services in Canada. Prior to this, he has employed his relational field approach to understand the socio-cultural forces that shape the health practices of Canadians and the safe sex practices of people who pay for sex in Canada. Patrick is also the co-founder of Relational Academia [RA],a data-driven Startup exploring the nature of academic career paths and the emergent relational networks that connect and isolate universities over time.

Patrick is a Research Assistant on the Street-To-Screen Study.


Hayley Pelletier, BHSc – Research Assistant, Capacity Research Unit

Hayley completed her Bachelor of Health Science in 2016, and has since been working as a research assistant at the University of British Columbia. She began working with Dr. Bungay in the spring of 2017, primarily helping out with the Street-To-Screen study. In her off time, Hayley is involved with a number of initiatives focused on reducing health care inequities amongst Canadians and exploring the beautiful sights that BC has to offer.

Patricia Tait, MSc – Research Development & Grants Facilitator

Patricia has a Master of Science in Public Health Sciences from the University of Alberta with a specialization in Population Health, and worked in community support and public health environments for many years prior to moving into the field of research administration & management. She has worked in various aspects of research administration since 2003 (e.g., education, ethics, grants), and moved back into research and grant development in 2014. Her work passion is facilitating the development and sustainability of innovative, important research endeavours.  

Janina S. Krabbe, BSc, MDiv, MPH – Project Coordinator, Outreach Project

Janina is a white settler who is grateful to the Coast Salish people for their welcome and hospitality to live, work and play here on their beautiful, unceded territory. With a diversity of experience and education, Janina brings a strong interdisciplinary and systems lens to her role coordinating the Outreach Project. She enjoys using her skills to work towards a healthcare system that provides equity-oriented care, and is safe and accessible for all people. Continually inspired and humbled by the strength and resilience of those who have been marginalized, Janina is excited to be working with this incredible team of community members, practitioners and researchers to pilot this Trauma-and-Violence-Informed Outreach Project in the Downtown Eastside.

Sara Sebti – Outreach Worker/Research Assistant, Outreach Project

Sara Sebti was born and raised in Burnaby, BC before moving to New Mexico to learn about the benefits of the sun. She studied Political Science and Women Studies at McGill University. Her love of large bodies of water and snow peaked mountains led her back to the West Coast where she started working as a Peer Support Worker in the Downtown Eastside. She is an Outreach Worker/Research Assistant who is currently working on a research project born out of a collaboration between the Capacity Research Unit and the Inner-City Women’s Initiative Society.

Miriah Hodgins, BA, MA, BSN Candidate – Research Assistant, Outreach Project

Miriah Hodgins is a nursing student at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working as a research assistant with Dr. Bungay on the Outreach Project. She brings a diversity of skills and experience to the position, including over five years working in a variety of roles with people experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, and addictions. Miriah is interested in research and practice that addresses health inequities, particularly regarding the current opioid poisoning epidemic. She is trying to learn what it means to be a nurse in systems that can be oppressive, and hopes to use her time on the Outreach Project to work towards a more equitable, safe, and accessible healthcare system that is strengths-based and trauma-and-violence informed.

Liz Moss, BSc, CNPS M.Ed. Candidate

Liz completed her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology in 2006 and has been working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in various positions since then. She has worked as the Program Manager for the Onsite Detox and for the past 6 years as an Outreach Community Case Manager for women who struggle with mental health and addiction and who experience barriers to connecting with support services. She is currently finishing her Masters in Education in Counselling Psychology at UBC and plans to specialize in trauma counseling, working particularly with adults who have experienced childhood abuse or relationship violence.


Ingrid Handlovsky,MSN, RN, PhD Candidate

Ingrid completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia in 2011. As a mental health outreach and addictions nurse primarily situated in Vancouver’s downtown eastside (DTES)-and passionate supporter of harm reduction philosophy-Ingrid’s thesis centered on understanding the process of how women who reside in the DTES reduce some of the harms associated with crack use. Upon completion of her Master degree, Ingrid continued into the PhD program at UBC but currently resides in Victoria, B.C. Currently a PhD candidate, Ingrid’s dissertation explores how the intersections of sexual identity and gender potentially influence the health perceptions and practices of men who self-identify as gay. Overall, Ingrid’s research interests are matters of health equity; namely, the critical examination of how socio-structural and historical features contribute to disadvantage (and therefore health inequities) for certain groups. Ingrid seeks to improve health service delivery and health outcomes for groups who have been, and continue to be, subject to inequities.

Christina Chant, RN, MSN Candidate

Christina completed her Practical Nursing diploma at Vancouver Community College, Registered Nursing degree at Douglas College and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program at UBC. Over the past 10 years, Christina has worked in primary care, HIV outreach, sexual health, transgender health, mental health and substance use, and most recently clinical education. Christina’s research interests are in improving health care for people who use drugs with a focus on nursing practice, policy and education.

Sunny (Ziqian) Jiao, BSN, MHA

Sunny completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing studies in 2012 with a focus in psychiatric nursing, and has been working in the inpatient and emergency psychiatry units of a local hospital. She has also just completed Master of Health Administration studies in August of 2016. Mental health and addictions are Sunny’s areas of passion, and are facets of health she believes warrant greater attention and system supports. Sunny is interested in studying health equities among vulnerable and marginalized populations – especially individuals burdened with mental illness and / or addictions. She is also interested in helping to improve health service provision and delivery.

Allie Slemon, BSN, RN

Allie Slemon completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UBC and has a background in inpatient mental health and eating disorders, as well experience as a mental health clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students. She is currently enrolled in UBC’s Master of Science in Nursing program, intending to complete in August, 2017. Allie’s current work explores nursing students’ experiences in mental health clinical rotations. Other research interests include social justice and equity-oriented health care, and improving health care for individuals with mental health challenges through a focus on nursing education.

Paisly Symenuk, BSN, MSN & MPH Candidate

Paisly graduated in June 2017 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Honors Nursing and two certificates, one in Community Engagement and Service Learning, the other in International Learning. She joined our team in July 2017. She is currently enrolled in UBC’s dual-Master’s program leading to both a Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health. Paisly’s interests include the intersections of gender, social justice, nursing leadership, and global health governance. In addition, Paisly has a strong interest in student and early career nurse experience which will supports her budding interest in nursing education. Paisly is so thankful to have an opportunity to join this interdisciplinary team of community, trainees, and researchers to learn as much as she can!

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