About Us

Ariel Sernick

MSc Student/Graduate Research Assistant

Ariel is a MSc student at UBC’s School of Population and Public health under the supervision of Kate Shannon and Jean Shoveller. At the centre, Ariel works as part of the qualitative research team under the supervision of Andrea Krüsi where her research has focused on women living with HIV and the ways that incarceration, and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure shape health outcomes and food security. Ariel’s master’s work is supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and her thesis aims to examine the ways that the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure shape cis and trans youth and young women’s experiences of sexual health and development.

Before joining the centre, Ariel completed an honours BA at the University of Toronto, where she looked at intersections of health and human geography. Outside of her research, Ariel remains involved in work that centres youth in Vancouver and across Canada. She is currently a program coordinator for Choose Life, a youth mental health program in Northern Ontario, and she sits on the board of directors for the YouthCo HIV and HepC society in Vancouver.