UBC Nursing welcomes new director


On July 1, 2017 the UBC School of Nursing will welcome its ninth director, Professor Elizabeth Saewyc.  

Saewyc joined the School of Nursing in 2004 as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in July 2009. In addition to her academic appointment in Nursing, she is currently Executive Director of the Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) at UBC, Research Director for the McCreary Centre Society and Associate Member of the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.

She served as the Associate Director of Research & Teaching Scholarship in the School of Nursing from 2012-2013 and 2014-2016, and was a senior scientist in the Child Family Research Institute from 2004-2016. In 2013-2014, she was one of five lead authors on the World Health Organization’s report, Health for the World’s Adolescents.

Saewyc is an internationally recognized leader in research about vulnerable and marginalized adolescents. Her research has influenced public health and policy in Canada, the US and internationally. She led SARAVYC in conducting the first Canadian national health survey of transgender youth in 2014, which has influenced clinical practice, human rights cases and laws. She has been an invited expert for national and international working groups. She held a CIHR Applied Public Health Chair from 2008-2014, and was named a fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine in 2011, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2013 and the American Academy of Nursing in 2016.

Recognition for Saewyc’s research influence reaches beyond academia and policymaking — she is also constantly cited in local and national media for her research on LGBT youth including outlets such as the Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, CBC News, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Global, CTV, Vancouver Sun, The Province, Yahoo, Metro News, among others.

In light of these and many other achievements, the Faculty of Applied Science is confident that the UBC School of Nursing — which is ranked second in Canada according to Maclean's Magazine and 20th in the world according to QS World University Rankings — has chosen a worthy individual to continue its track record of excellence. We enthusiastically welcome Elizabeth Saewyc into her role.