Staff and Trainees

Janina Mobach (Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager) is delighted to be joining the EQUIP health care team as the Research and Knowledge Translation Manager. A white settler of Dutch immigrant grandparents, she is grateful to live, work, and play in the gorgeous Coast Salish territory! With a strong background in public health and social justice, Janina is passionate to further the incredible work of this team in bringing equitable practices and spaces into the arena of primary health care. When she isn’t in the office, Janina can usually be found exploring this beautiful land in hiking boots or with skis on her feet.

Taq Bhandal (Research Assistant) is joining the team as a Research Assistant.  Taq is a PhD Student at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. Her parents immigrated to Metro Vancouver from Punjab, India and so she was born, lives, and works on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples and continue to support Indigenous movements of self-determination. In official academic terms, she interested is in doing research and writing on the complex relations between health equity, political economies, global meta-narratives, decolonial and intersectional feminist perspectives, and our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Taq is passionate about balancing research, teaching, creative writing, organizational skills, cooking (and eating of course!), sustainability, and community involvement.

Joanne Hammerton (Research Manager) is a Research Coordinator at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at the University of Western Ontario in London.  Her work includes coordination and data management of a multi-site longitudinal study on the long-term effects of women who have recently left an abusive partner. She has also been involved in the development and implementation of interventions for women experiencing intimate partner violence.

Virginia Russell (Research Assistant) has spent most of her life in northern communities – Inuvik (NWT), Terrace (BC) and currently Prince George (BC). She is currently a PhD student in the community health sciences program at the University of Northern BC. Her research focuses on access to primary sexual health services for Indigenous women in northern and remote geographies. She is a facilitator for ‘Rainbows’ – a grief support program for kids, a sessional lecturer in the Health Sciences Program at UNBC, and a research assistant with EQUIP. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, camping, snowboarding, golfing, ocean fishing, and travelling with her family.

Marion Selfridge (Research Assistant) is a PhD student in the Social Dimensions of Health program at UVic. She has been working as a social worker with youth for nearly 15 years in community agencies in Victoria, Whitehorse, Salt Spring Island and Seattle. Her MSW from the University of Washington focused on hospital and hospice social work. She has just spent 5 years working at the Victoria Youth Clinic and is intrigued by new ways of communicating with youth through texting and Facebook. She hopes to do her PhD research on street-involved youth’s use of social media to deal with grief, especially when traumatic events happen, such as the death of a peer. She also teaches dance and performs locally to keep life in balance!

Victoria Smye (Practice Consultant) is Associate Professor and Director of Nursing at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences.  Vicki brings a wealth of expertise in: Mental Health and Substance Use; Aboriginal People’s Health; Health and Health Care Inequities; Cultural Safety; Violence Against Women; Methadone Maintenance Treatment; Organizational Change; and, Health Care Administration.She has a long and successful history as a CIHR-funded researcher, and is currently leading a project titled Aboriginal Men’s Narratives:  Reclaiming Our Lives, examining appropriate, culturally safe health and social services and support for men whose lives have been influenced by multiple forms of trauma and violence and are shaped by substance use, poverty, chronic illness, etc.  Vicki has years of experience as an administrative leader in a variety of community and acute health care settings, and has been involved in organizational change processes.  She is a highly-skilled and sought-after group facilitator.  She will be working closely with each PHC site as they implement the Organizational Integration and Tailoring portions of the EQUIP Intervention.

Alison Gerlach (Research Assistant) is a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC, and has been working with EQUIP team as a Graduate Research Assistant. As a community-based occupational therapist, Alison has extensive experience in supporting and learning from diverse families who have children with developmental and health care needs. Over the past 14 years, Alison has partnered with Aboriginal communities and non-profit Aboriginal organizations on a wide range of projects related to promoting the health, wellbeing and cultural safety of Aboriginal children, youth and families.  Alison’s research interests include addressing health and health care inequities for children living in conditions of vulnerability through critical inquiry. 

Additional current and previous staff and trainees include:

  • Shayna Dolan
  • Christine Garinger
  • Leanne Huang
  • Sarah Levine
  • Jen MacGregor
  • Wendy Masinde
  • Meaghan Thumath
  • Phoebe Long
  • Jo Parker
  • Kelsey Timmer