Research Units and Centres

Our research units and centres support multi-year collaborative teams and programmatic funding in specific areas.

The rich diversity of foci and approaches encompassed by nursing research defies simple categorization. In addition to exploring the research concentrations listed below, please browse the researcher profiles in Our People or search by keyword to identify experts in specific areas.

Research Units and Centres

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Augmented & Virtual Reality Health Applications

These emerging technologies provide real-time applications to provide healthcare users with computer-mediated environmental sensory experiences.

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Capacity Research Unit 

By illuminating the multidimensional factors that perpetuate marginalization among diverse communities, the team is driving for more effective social policies and programs to promote well-being.

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Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry

The Consortium serves as a resource for students, faculty, and the wider community to explore and scrutinize nursing and health care’s past.

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Critical Research in Health and Healthcare Inequities (CRiHHI)

CRiHHI promotes greater equity in health and health care through the uptake of critical knowledge in practice, policy, education, and research.

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Gerontological Education Research & Outreach (GERO)

GERO is committed to advancing the nursing care of older adults through education, research, and community engagement.

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Hope Lab

The Healthy Outcomes by Improving Patient & Provider Experiences (HOPE) lab works to shed light on the importance of the healthcare providers' experience and its connection to quality of care.

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Innovation in Dementia and Aging

This lab aims to innovate in dementia care for elderly patients, often through the use of new technology. This research is primarily patient-oriented and developed by working closely with many patient partners to improve outcomes of patients.

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Men's Health Research

The men’s health research program aims to improve the health of men and their families through designing, implementing and evaluating men’s health promotion programs.

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Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC)

SARAVYC studies how stigma and trauma influence health, and what fosters resilience among young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) adolescents, and runaway, homeless or street-involved youth.

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The Agenda Collaborative

The Agenda  Collaborative aims to collaboratively promote and protect positive mental health and substance use outcomes for individuals, families, communities and society. 

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Leadership, Excellence, and Research in Nursing Education (LEaRN Lab)

The LEaRN Lab team is committed to exploring, understanding, and cultivating excellence in teaching, learning, and nursing practice through educational research and knowledge mobilization.


Canadian Centre for Innovation in Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use

Wellstream researchers are dedicated to generating innovative solutions to strengthening mental health and reducing substance use harms for children, youth, and their communities.

UBC Research Excellence Clusters


This Research Excellence Cluster aims to address men's mental health inequities, optimize men's mental health help-seeking experiences, and equip community-based and professional mental-health care services to expertly evaluate and treat men's mental illnesses and suicidality.

Read more on Reducing Male Suicide.

Cluster Lead: Dr. John Oliffe

This Research Excellence Cluster is a partnership-based, transdisciplinary, intersectoral and cross-social group aiming to support equity-oriented, decolonizing and culturally safe research, program, and policy development to address health and justice inequities.​

Read more on Transformative Health and Justice.

Cluster Lead: Dr. Helen Brown

The Women’s Health Research Cluster aims to mobilise and catalyse more research in women's health. This is a network of researchers, clinicians, community partners, and trainees that are engaged or interested in women’s health research across disciplines.

Read more on Women's Health Research.

Cluster Co-Lead: Dr. Suzanne Campbell

This pan-Canadian coalition of researchers, perinatal health workers, service users, and community organizations is actively engaged in advancing equity and justice in reproductive health.

Read more on Justice & Equity in Perinatal Services.

Cluster Members: Dr. Emmanuela Ojukwu, Dr. Helen Brown

UBC's Designing for People research network is accelerating creativity at the nexus of social and technical problem-solving, by promoting interdisciplinary teamwork and methods, finding new paths to societal impact through partners and community, and creating sharable resources.

Read more on Designing for People.

Cluster Members: Dr. Fatawu Abdulai, Dr. Kristen Haase, Dr. Lillian Hung, Dr. Manon Ranger

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