Dr. Emily Jenkins
Dr. Emily Jenkins, a registered nurse, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She brings extensive clinical and research expertise from acute and community mental health and substance use settings.
Her clinical training and experience informs her program of research, which aims to enhance mental health outcomes and reduce substance use harms for Canadians through mental health promotion strategies; health services and policy redesign; and knowledge translation approaches. Dr. Jenkins’ current research is characterized by an “upstream” focus and includes studies exploring strategies to facilitate citizen engagement in mental health and substance use policy and intervention design, and youth-engaged research to promote mental health and reduce harms of substance use.
She is recognized as a leader in the youth mental health and substance use field and was an invited expert witness, providing testimony to the Senate of Canada during the study of Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act). She is regularly a featured expert in media interviews on mental health and substance use topics.
To introduce myself, allow me to share a story. It is the story of a name. My name is a snapshot of my identity. It captures equal parts of my mixed cultural heritage and it allows me to share stories of my positioning when I am in different groups. I intentionally use story as a tool to share knowledge when I work in community and with diverse peoples. Story is a means to making information more accessible and engaging. This approach reminds me to enact decolonizing approaches and to highlight stories and knowledge that are often left out of mainstream spaces.
I like to work in a team setting, embracing creative thinking, and collaborative learning when striving to create clear and balanced content that attends to issues of equity for diverse audiences.