Dr. Andrea Krüsi PhD

Assistant Professor


Faculty of Medicine

Andrea Krüsi, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a Research Scientist with the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity and an. Dr. Krüsi’s work focuses broadly on the criminalization of sexuality, with a particular focus on how intersecting social and structural contexts, such as laws and policies, shape the health, safety and wellbeing of marginalized cis and trans women.

What are your key research interests?

Dr. Krüsi leads a community-based participatory qualitative and arts-based research program focused on evaluating the impact of evolving legislative frameworks and criminal sanctions on the health and wellbeing of marginalized women. This research is guided by a peer advisory board, as well as, longstanding collaborations with a wide variety of community organizations including Sex Workers United Against Violence, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, YouthCo, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Pivot Legal Society.

The aim is to: (1) document the intersecting gendered lived-experiences of evolving legislative frameworks (e.g. Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure) on health and social inequities among marginalized women and (2) to characterize trajectories of incarceration and community reintegration of women living with or affected by HIV to identify factors that influence access to social supports and HIV prevention and care during and after incarceration.

What drew you to working with Transformative Health & Justice?

I have been working in community-based participatory health research with and for marginalized and criminalized communities for over a decade and feel a strong urgency to work as part of an experiential and multi-disciplinary team to ameliorate the devastating effects of the criminal justice system on the most marginalized communities.

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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