CGSHE Speaker Series presents: Dr. Rod Knight – Reducing drug- and sexual-related harms among sexual and gender minority people

June 17, 2021 @ 12:00–1:00 pm



About the talk

Sexual and gender minority people experience inequitable rates of drug- and sexual-related harms compared to their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts. CGSHE faculty member Dr. Rod Knight will discuss a program of interdisciplinary research involving a variety of methods, including qualitative, quantitative, community-based and mixed-method approaches. The talk will include “deep dives” into several contemporary health issues affecting sexual and gender diverse youth, including the overdose crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, the sexualized use of substances, substance use regulation, and mental health. Dr. Knight will also describe how public health solutions can be designed and optimized to improve health outcomes among sexual and gender diverse people.

About Dr. Knight

Dr. Rod Knight is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a CGSHE faculty member. His research focuses on the impacts of sexual-related harms among people who use drugs, including those that can arise from the sexualized use of substances. He is co-lead of the UBC youth sexual health program hosted at CGSHE. In his research, he uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify patterns, motives and contexts of substance use among a variety of key populations, including youth and Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (2SLGBTQI+) people living in British Columbia and elsewhere. His collaborates with several community partners, including Health Initiative for Men and YouthCO, to identify and adapt promising interventions to address both drug- and sexual-related harms.