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School of Nursing
Faculty of Applied Science
Dr. Emily Jenkins, a registered nurse, is an Assistant 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; health services and policy redesign; and knowledge translation approaches. 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 (grounded in principles of health/mental health promotion; social justice and equity), and youth-engaged research to reduce harms of cannabis use (grounded in health promotion and harm reduction theory). She is recognized as a leader in the youth mental health and substance use field and was an invited expert witness, providing testimony to the Senate of Canada during the study of Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act). She is regularly a featured expert in media interviews on mental health and substance use topics.
Research Interests: participatory research approaches, qualitative and mixed methods research, knowledge translation, mental health, substance youth.