Elizabeth Saewyc Accepts Directorship
28 Feb 2017
The end of term for Dr Suzanne Campbell approaches all too soon, but after a brief and fruitful search, the advisory committee has unanimously supported, and the Provost has approved, the appointment of Dr Elizabeth Saewyc as the incoming Director of the School of Nursing. We are thrilled that our 9th Director is an accomplished colleague whose dedication and enthusiasm for the work and life of the School are undisputed.
Dr. Saewyc joined the UBC School of Nursing in July 2004 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in July 2009. In addition to her academic appointment in Nursing, she is currently Executive Director of the Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) at UBC, Research Director for the McCreary Centre Society, and Associate Member of the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. She served as the Associate Director of Research & Teaching Scholarship in the School of Nursing from 2012 – 2013 and 2014 - 2016 and was a Senior Scientist in the Child Family Research Institute from 2004 – 2016. In 2013-2014, she was 1 of 5 lead authors on the World Health Organization’s report, Health for the World’s Adolescents. Dr. Saewyc is an internationally recognized leader in research about vulnerable and marginalized adolescents. Her research has influenced public health and policy in Canada, the US, and internationally. She led SARAVYC in conducting the first Canadian national health survey of transgender youth in 2014, which has influenced clinical practice, human rights cases, and laws. She has been an invited expert for national and international working groups. Dr. Saewyc held a CIHR Applied Public Health Chair from 2008-2014, and has been named a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine in 2011, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2013, and the American Academy of Nursing in 2016.
Dr. Saewyc’s appointment as Director of the School of Nursing will be for a five year term commencing July 1, 2017. Given her leadership experiences the Committee and the School are confident that Dr. Saewyc will make an excellent Director of Nursing and she will successfully lead the School in achieving our ambitious goals and aspirations. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Saewyc in her new role as Nursing Director!