Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes obtained her degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cordoba (Argentina), a PhD in Social Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Methodology in Spain, and postdoctoral studies at the Andalusian School of Public Health.
In addition to her CHÉOS Scientist affiliation, she is a Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Population and Public Health and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. She is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Person-Centered Care in Addiction and Public Health.
Her main research area is public health and addictions, with a focus on testing alternative approaches to expand and diversify treatments for vulnerable populations.
She is currently part of several Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded grants; formerly co-investigator of North America’s first heroin-assisted treatment trial, the North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI); and formerly the principal investigator of the Study to Assess Long-Term Opioid Maintenance Effectiveness (SALOME), a randomized clinical trial that tested innovative treatments for severe, long-term opioid dependency. She is also the principal investigator of the GeMa (Gender Matters) study, which evaluates gender patterns of drug use, access to care, and health among long-term opioid users; a co-investigator of The Cedar Project, a cohort of young Aboriginal people using drugs; and the principal investigator of the Program of Outcomes Research on Treatment with Injectables for Addiction (PORTIA).
- Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Person-Centered Care in Addiction and Public Health
- Grim milestone in B.C. drug deaths (CTV News, September 2020)
- Confronting opioid dependency through patient-focused care (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, April 2019)
- The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment (The Atlantic, December 2018)
- Canada is prescribing heroin to treat opioid addiction (Vice, March 2017)