Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite
Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite is a Senior Scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control where she leads research activities for the Provincial Overdose Cohort. The Cohort is a collection of linked administrative data, including data from BC Corrections, on fatal and non-fatal overdose events from 2015-2017, which informs responses to the opioid crisis in British Columbia. In my former role as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, I established a multi-year evaluation of relapse and recidivism for persons with opioid use disorder being released from three correctional institutions in the Anchorage area.
What are your key research interests?
I am currently interested in pursuing projects related to improving access to addictions treatment, and overdose prevention services, for persons being released from correctional institutions using large administrative health databases or qualitative data collected in the community. I am also interested in facilitating applied health research projects that are co-developed with persons with lived experience of incarceration.
What drew you to working with Transformative Health & Justice?
I have lived experience of mental health and substance use issues, and I have drawn on these experiences and my research training to conduct research related to substance misuse and mental health inequities. These projects have led to my current focus on overdose and treatment of mental health and substance abuse in criminal justice settings due to the disproportionate representation of persons with mental health and substance use in correctional institutions.