Team

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We’re the core team but we have a lot of collaborators who we love dearly.

Mark Gilbert

Mark leads the LoveBytes Research team, and works in both British Columbia and Ontario. In BC, Mark is the Medical Lead for the BC Online Sexual Health Services Program at the BCCDC where he has worked since 2007, and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. In Ontario, Mark started at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network as the Director of the Applied Epidemiology Unit in 2014, and is an Assistant Professor (Status only) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Devon Haag

Devon is the BC Online Sexual Health Services program manager, and works out of the Clinical Prevention Services Division at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).  She completed her BSc in Biology, her MSc in Conservation Biology, and spent a number of years working as an STI/HIV surveillance analyst at BCCDC. In her current role, she coordinates, orchestrates, communicates and tries her hardest to keep timelines and projects on track.  In her former life, Devon roamed the forests of British Columbia as a wildlife biologist, counting birds and tracking animals.  When she’s not plugged into her computer or in a meeting, Devon spends her time climbing mountains and scaling rock walls.

Mark Bondyra

Mark is a user experience designer and business analyst who specializes in web based applications.  He has been working with the team to define and prototype the GetCheckedOnline project.  He is a big believer in design thinking and collaboration who is driven by a desire to make interactions with technology simple and intuitive, especially in healthcare.  Mark also loves hiking, biking and spicy food.

Travis Salway Hottes

Travis supports research and evaluation activities for the Online Sexual Health Services Program. He is currently completing a PhD in public health epidemiology at the University of Toronto, where he is a Vanier Scholar (2013-16). Through all of his work, Travis aims to better understand population health inequities in order to improve public health programming. He has a master's degree in epidemiology from McGill University and a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kimberly Thomson

Kim is the Research Coordinator for the Online Sexual Health Services Program at the BCCDC. Her role is to help manage, organize, and implement the team’s research activities including the ongoing program evaluation of GetCheckedOnline. Kim has a Master of Arts degree in Human Development, Learning, and Culture from UBC and is currently completing her PhD at UBC's School of Population and Public Health. Kim is involved with the UBC Youth Sexual Health Team as a student trainee and is interested in the ways in which social determinants affect child and youth mental health.

Janine Farrell

Janine is a public health researcher who focuses on social inequities in health and the intersection of social justice and health action.  She completed her BA in psychology, counselling and human development, then her MPH at Simon Fraser University.  Her graduate work specialized in trans* and gender variant health. During her graduate practicum, Janine studied the interaction of health inequities and online sexual health services at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), and launched a health equity impact assessment of the teams’ online sexual health testing service. In the 4 years since she has regularly contributed to BCCDC’s online services development and research with a focus on health equity.  She is currently planning a return to academia – this time in Medicine.

Gina Ogilvie

Gina is a Canada Research Chair in Global Prevention of HPV related cancers and a Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Departments of Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology and with the School of Population and Public Health. Her research is focused on both the public health and clinical aspects of reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, HPV screening and the HPV vaccine, and her findings have been highly influential in setting and directing health policy both in Canada and globally. Among other research projects, she is principal investigator for the ASPIRE program, a global health initiative conducting research and providing women-centred, innovative solutions for cervical cancer prevention and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jeannie Shoveller

Jeannie’s research focuses on social health inequities experienced by young people, with a particular emphasis on sexual health. Since taking up her initial appointment at UBC in 1999, she has served as Principal Investigator on more than 20 studies and has published 100+ peer-reviewed manuscripts. She is a founding member of UBC’s School of Population & Public Health’s Senior Executive Committee and until last year, she led the Social and Life Course Theme. In 2005, Professor Shoveller established UBC’s Youth Sexual Health Team, which includes faculty, staff, and students from universities across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and South America.

Cathy Chabot

Cathy is the Research Manager for the Youth Sexual Health Team at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. She is an anthropologist, specializing in health and gender. She has worked extensively in the areas of sexual health, mental health, substance use, housing, and social inequity. She works with the BC Online Sexual Health Services team coordinating a study examining factors affecting the implementation and scaling up of online sexual health services.

Anna Carson

Anna joined the Youth Sexual Health Team at UBC in 2012 as a Research Coordinator on a number of studies including ‘GetCheckedBC: Developing new knowledge to inform the province-wide implementation of an online STI/HIV testing services’. Anna has a MSc in Health Care and Epidemiology from the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Her research interests include the intersections of health, gender and place in both face-to-face and virtual contexts. Outside of work, Anna can be found swimming, hiking, biking and kayaking around BC and beyond.