PhD Student Positions at the BC Centre on Substance Use (Youth, Substance Use, Substance Use Care, Qualitative Methods)

The Youth Health Research Program at the BC Centre on Substance Use is currently recruiting 1-2 incoming PhD students with strong backgrounds in qualitative, community-based participatory action, and/or anthropological methods who are passionate about doing doctoral research broadly focused on youth, substance use and care. Students may apply for the PhD program in the Department of Medicine’s Experimental Medicine program, the Department of Anthropology, or the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program. Students will carve out an independent project as part of one of the following studies:

(1) The Treatment Trajectories Study explores young people’s substance use treatment trajectories and outcomes in the context of Vancouver’s expanding efforts to address the current overdose and COVID-19 crises. Through longitudinal qualitative interviews, ethnographic fieldwork and an experimental video project, we are documenting the evolving experiences of these young people and their service providers over time, as they navigate a rapidly transforming landscape of care

(2) The Care Pathways Study focuses on the experiences of younger youth (ages 14-18) as they navigate multiple systems of care and supervision, including the substance use service, criminal justice, government care, paediatric care and mental health care systems. Through longitudinal qualitative interviews and ethnographic fieldwork, we are documenting the evolving experiences of these young people and their service providers over time. As with the Treatment Trajectories Study, our goal is to create new knowledge that can directly inform ongoing efforts to deliver innovative substance use services to youth across Greater Vancouver.

More information can be found at:


Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-54522 in all your correspondence about this Doctoral student position.

This position will be supervised by
The position is affilated with / related to
Classified under
Social sciences

Learn about our faculties, research, and more than 300 programs in our 2021 Graduate Viewbook!