Research Units & 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.

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Research Units and Centres


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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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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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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Teaching Scholarship of Nursing

Supported by the Elizabeth Kenny McCann Scholar, this unit promotes the scholarship of teaching and learning in nursing and health professional education.

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UBC Research Excellence Clusters 


Reducing Male Suicide

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.

Cluster Lead: Dr. John Oliffe

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Transformative Health & Justice

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.​

Cluster Lead: Dr. Helen Brown

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Women's Health Research Cluster

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.

Cluster Co-Lead: Dr. Suzanne Campbell

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Advancing Mental Health Equity in a post-COVID-19 Asia-Pacific

This emerging research cluster brings together interdisciplinary researchers and stakeholders to collaborate on community-engaged research, innovative approaches to knowledge exchange and advancing best practices for equitable mental health, including the use of digital technologies.

Cluster Member: Dr. Sabrina Wong

Designing for People (DFP)

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.

Cluster Member: Dr. Leanne Currie

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