Emily Jenkins, PhD, MPH, RN

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Socioecological Approaches to Mental Health and Substance Use

Dr. Emily Jenkins, a registered nurse, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She brings extensive clinical and research expertise from acute and community mental health and substance use settings.

Her clinical training and experience informs her program of research, which aims to enhance mental health outcomes and reduce substance use harms for Canadians through mental health promotion strategies and health services and policy redesign. Dr. Jenkins current research is characterized by an “upstream” focus and includes studies exploring strategies to facilitate citizen engagement in mental health and substance use policy and intervention design, and youth engaged research to promote mental health and reduce substance use harms.

She is recognized as a leader in the youth mental health and substance use field and has established policy, practice and media channels that support knowledge mobilization and research impact.


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  1. Morris, H., Hyshka, E., Schulz, P., Jenkins, E., Haines-Saah, R. (2021). "It’s a bit of a double-edged sword”: Motivation and personal impact of bereaved mothers’ advocacy for drug policy reform. Qualitative Health Research.
  2. Jenkins, E., Bernstein, S., MacPherson, D., Tyndall, M. (2021). Legal regulation as a human rights and public health approach to currently prohibited substances [Editorial as Guest Editor of Special Section on legal regulation of currently prohibited substances]. International Journal of Drug Policy.
  3. Jiao, S., Bungay, V., Jenkins, E. (2021). Information and Communication Technologies in Commercial Sex Work: A Double-Edged Sword for Occupational Health and Safety. Social Sciences, 10(1), 23.
  4. Gadermann, A., Thomson, K., Richardson, C., Gagne, M., McAuliffe, C., Hirani, S., Morris, J., & Jenkins, E.* (2021). Examining the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on family mental health in Canada. BMJ Open, 11, e042871
  5. Daly, Z., Slemon, A., Richardson, C., Salway, T., McAuliffe, C., Gadermann, A., Thomson, K., Hirani, S., Jenkins, E.* (2021). Associations between periods of COVID-19 quarantine and mental health in Canada. Psychiatry Research, 295, 1-9. 
  6. Goodyear T, Robinson S, Jenkins E, Gagnon M, Mitchell K, & Knight R. (2021). Involuntary stabilization care of youth who overdose: A call for evidence- and ethics-informed substance use policy. Accepted for publication in Canadian Journal of Public Health.
  7. Jenkins, E., McAuliffe, C., Hirani, S., Richardson, C., Thomson, K., Kousoulis, A., Morris, J., & Gadermann, A. (2021). A portrait of the early and differential mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada: Findings from the first wave of a nationally representative cross-sectional survey. Preventative Medicine.
  8. Jenkins, E., Slemon, A., Morris, H., Hyshka, E., Schultz, P., & Haines-Saah, R. (2020). Bereaved mothers’ engagement in drug policy reform: A multisite qualitative analysis. International Journal of Drug Policy.
  9. Richardson, C., Slemon, A., McAuliffe, C., Salway, T., David, A., Jenkins, E. (2020). Use of virtual mental health resources for COVID-19 related stress among the general population in Canada: Findings from a nationally representative cross-sectional survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(12), e24868.
  10. Jenkins, E. Haines-Saah, R., McGuinness, L., Hirani, S., Boakye-Yiadom, N., Halsall, T., Rivers, R., & Morris, J. (2020). Assessing the impacts of the Agenda Gap intervention for youth mental health promotion through policy engagement: A study protocol. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 14.
  11. Affleck, W., Oliffe, J.L., Mckenzie, S., Ridge, D., Jenkins, E., & Broom, A. (2020). Addressing ethical issues in studying men’s traumatic stress. International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health, 31(3), e16-23. DOI: 10.22374/ijmsch.v3i1.27
  12. Garrod, E., Jenkins, E., Currie, L., McGuinness, L., & Bonnie, K. (2020). Leveraging nurses to improve care for inpatients with concurrent disorders: A scoping review. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 1-16.
  13. Goodyear, T., Mniszak, C., Jenkins, E., Fast, D., & Knight, R. (2020). “Am I gonna get in trouble for acknowledging my will to be safe?”: Identifying the experiences of young sexual minority men and substance use in the context of an opioid overdose crisis. Harm Reduction Journal, 17(1), 23. DOI: 10.1186/s12954-020-00365-4
  14. Slemon, A., Jenkins, E., Bungay V., & Brown, H. (2019). Undergraduate students’ reflections on mental health nursing following practicum experience. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29, 163-171.
  15. Jenkins, E., Slemon, A., O’Flynn Magee, K., & Mahy, J. (2019). Exploring the implications of a self-care assignment to foster undergraduate nursing student mental health: Findings from a survey research study. Nurse Education Today, 81, 13-18.
  16. Jenkins, E. McGuinness, L., Haines-Saah, R., Andres, C., Ziemann, M.J., Morris, J., & Waddell, C. (2019). Equipping youth for meaningful policy engagement: An environmental scan. International Journal of Health Promotion, 1-14.
  17. Slemon, A., Jenkins, E., Haines-Saah, R., Daly, Z., & Jiao, S. (2019). “You can’t chain a dog to a porch”: A multisite qualitative analysis of youth narratives of parental approaches to substance use. Harm Reduction, 16:26.
  18. Glegg, S. Jenkins, E., & Kothari, A. (2019). How the study of networks informs knowledge translation and implementation: A scoping review. Implementation Science, 14:34.
  19. Barbic, S., Leon, A., Manion, I., Irving, S. Zivanovic, R., Jenkins, E., et al. (2019). Understanding the mental health and recovery needs of Canadian youth with mental health disorders: A Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) collaboration. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 13:6. DOI: 10.1186/s13033-019-0264-0
  20. Gerlach, A., Jenkins, E., & Hodgson K. (2019). Disrupting assumptions of risky play in the context of structural marginalization: A community engagement project in a Canadian inner-city neighbourhood. Health and Place, 55, 80-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.11.008
  21. Oliffe, J.L., Broom, A, Popa, M., Jenkins, E., Rice, S., Ferlatte, O., & Rossnagel, E. (2019). Unpacking social isolation in men’s suicidality. Qualitative Health Research, 29(3), 315-327. DOI: 10.1177/1049732318800003
  22. Haines-Saah, R., Mitchell, S., Slemon, A., & Jenkins, E.* (2019). ‘Parents are the best prevention’? Troubling assumptions in cannabis policy discourses in the context of legalization in Canada. International Journal of Drug Policy, 16, 132-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.06.008
  23. Slemon, A., Bungay, V., & Jenkins, E., Brown, H. (2018). Power and resistance: Nursing students’ experiences of navigating mental health clinical practicums. Advances in Nursing Science, 41(4), 359-376. DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000221
  24. Jenkins, E., Slemon, A., Haines-Saah, R., & Oliffe, J. (2018). A guide to Multi-Site qualitative analysis. Qualitative Health Research. 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/1049732318786703
  25. Jenkins, E., Bungay, V., Patterson, A., Saewyc, E., & Johnson, J. (2018). Assessing the impacts and outcomes of youth driven mental health promotion: A mixed-methods assessment of the social networking action for resilience study. Journal of Adolescence. 67, 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.05.009
  26. Haines-Saah, R. & Jenkins, E. (2017). Setting the legal age for access to cannabis in Canada: Bridging neuroscience, policy and prevention. Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews. 43, 213-231. PMID: 29192661 DOI: 10.1038/npp.2017.234
  27. Creighton, G., Oliffe, J., Ferlatte, O., Bottorff, J., Broom, A., & Jenkins, E. (2017). Photovoice ethics: Critical reflections from men’s mental health research. Qualitative Health Research, 1-10. DOI: 0.1177/1049732317729137
  28. Jenkins, E. Slemon, A., & Haines-Saah, R. (2017). Developing Harm Reduction in the context of youth substance use: Insights from a multi-site qualitative analysis of young people’s harm minimization strategies. Harm Reduction, 14:53. DOI 10.1186/s12954-017-0180-z
  29. Oliffe, J.L., Creighton, G., Robertson, S., Broom, A., Jenkins, E., Ogrodniczuk, J.S. & Ferlatte, O. (2017). Injury, Interiority and Isolation in Men’s Suicidality. American Journal of Men’s Health, 11(4), 888-899. DOI: 10.1177/1557988316679576
  30. Slemon, A., Jenkins, E., & Bungay, V. (2017). Safety in psychiatric inpatient care: The impact of risk management culture on mental health nursing practice. Nursing Inquiry, DOI: 10.1111/nin.12199
  31. Ng, C., Haines, Saah, R. J., Hilario, C., Jenkins, E., & Johnson, J. L. (2016). Unpacking young people's narratives about their aspirations: A Bourdieusian perspective. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 7(3/4), 423-455. DOI: 10.18357/ijcyfs73-4201616129
  32. Jenkins, E., Kothari, A., Bungay, V., Johnson, J.L., & Oliffe, J. (2016). Strengthening Population Health Interventions: Developing the CollaboraKTion Framework for Community-Based Knowledge Translation. Health Research Policy and Systems, 14:65. DOI 10.1186/s12961-016-0138-8
  33. Willis, C.D., Saul, J., Bevan, H., Scheirer, M.A., Best, A., Greenhalgh, T., Mannion, R., Cornelissen, E., Howland, D., Jenkins, E., & Bitz, J. (2016). How can organizational culture change be sustained in health systems? A realist synthesis. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 30(1), 2-30. DOI: 10.1108/JHOM-07-2014-0117
  34. Haines-Saah, R., Hilario, C., Jenkins, E., Ng, C., & Johnson, J.L. (2016). Understanding adolescent narratives about “bullying” through an intersectional lens: Implications for youth mental health intervention. Youth and Society, 1-23. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X15621465
  35. Jenkins, E., Johnson, J. L., Bungay, V., Kothari, A., & Saewyc, E.M. (2015). Divided and disconnected—An examination of youths’ experiences with emotional distress within the context of their everyday lives. Health & Place, 35, 105-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.08.006         
  36. Jenkins, E.  (2014). The politics of knowledge: Implications for understanding and addressing mental health and illness. Nursing Inquiry, 21(1), 3-10. DOI: 10.1111/nin.12026
  37. Goldner, E.M., Jenkins, E., & Fischer, B. (2014). A narrative review of recent developments in knowledge translation and implications for mental health care providers. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59(3). DOI: 10.1177/070674371405900308
  38. Haines-Saah, R., Moffat, B., Jenkins, E., & Johnson, J. (2014). ”Purists, Mixers and Smokers”: The influences of health beliefs and identity on adolescent marijuana and tobacco co-use. Qualitative Health Research. DOI:10.1177/1049732314539854.
  39. Moffat, B., Jenkins, E., & Johnson, J. (2013). Weeding out the information: An ethnographic approach to exploring how young people make sense of the evidence on cannabis. Harm Reduction, 2013, 10:34. DOI: 10.1186/1477-7517-10-34
  40. Jenkins, E.  & Goldner, E.M. (2012). Approaches to understanding and addressing treatment-resistant depression: A scoping review. Depression Research and Treatment, 2012, 1-7. doi:10.1155/2012/469680
  41. Jenkins, E., Balneaves, L.G., & Lust, A. (2011). Students and international nursing shock. Canadian Nurse, 107(7), 26-30.
  42. Goldner, E.M., Jeffries, V., Bilsker, D., Jenkins, E., Mennear, M., & Petermann, L. (2011). Knowledge translation in mental health: A scoping review. Healthcare Policy. 7(2), 83-120. PMCID: PMC3287951

Supervisor eligibility: 

  • MN
  • MSN – thesis
  • MSN – non-thesis
  • PhD