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Dr. Rod Knight (he/him)

CGSHE Faculty Member

Dr. Rod Knight is a CGSHE Faculty Member and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He leads a program of research focusing on the impacts of sexual-related harms among people who use drugs, including those that can arise from the sexualized use of substances. In his research, he uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify patterns, motives and contexts of substance use among a variety of key populations, including youth and Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (2SLGBTQI+) people living in British Columbia and elsewhere.

Dr. Knight’s program of research partners closely with several community partners, including Health Initiative for Men and YouthCO, to identify and adapt promising interventions to address both drug- and sexual-related harms. He co-leads a program of research in Canada and France focusing on the expansion of HCV treatments among people who use drugs, as well as the impacts of COVID-19-related public health, social and economic measures among youth. More recently, his research has expanded to identify strategies to address the health and social needs of youth who use stimulants. Dr. Knight is supported by a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and holds funding as Principal Investigator from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Vancouver Foundation and Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France).

He is @dr_rknight on Twitter.