Congratulations to SPPH Professor Shoveller on her new role


The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) celebrates the career of Professor Jean Shoveller and wishes her well as she assumes the role of Vice President of Research and Innovation at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia starting January 2020.

Dr. Shoveller began her UBC career in 1999 as an Assistant Professor, becoming a Professor at SPPH only a year after the School’s inception ten years later. She has been a leader in interdisciplinary research concerning the intersection between social inequality and inequities in health, supervising over 70 Doctoral and Master’s students, as well as Post-Doctoral Fellows from 12 countries. She currently serves as Associate Director at the Centre on Gender & Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) and Director of Research at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), both of which are hosted by Providence Health Care in Vancouver.

She most recently became Chairperson of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council, the first woman to hold the role. Dr. Shoveller was previously involved with multiple peer-review panels at CIHR, as well as the CIHR Institute for Population and Public Health Advisory Board.

With more than 200 publications, her health sciences research on gender-based violence, addictions and substance use, Sexually Transmitted Blood-Borne Infections (STBBIs), and adolescent health is renowned and widely cited within Canada’s academic community and beyond.

In 2015, Dr. Shoveller was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, where she was honoured for her global leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity, and willingness to serve. She is also the recipient of a Senior Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and holds a CIHR/Public Health Agency of Canada Applied Public Health Chair, among many other scholarly awards.

Although sad to see her go, SPPH and the UBC community are proud of her many accomplishments and would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge her extensive contributions to our School, and to global health academia.

Dr. Shoveller—thank you for your years of service and leadership, we wish you the best in your future endeavours!


School of Population and Public Health