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Rhiannon Owen (she/they)

UBC PhD Student

Rhiannon Owen (she/they) is a doctoral student in the UBC School of Population & Public Health. Her research history and interests lie in HIV, sexual health, social justice, women’s+ health and 2SLGBTQ+ healthcare. Rhiannon’s PhD project is nested within the SHAWNA Project, led by Dr. Kathleen Deering. Their dissertation, co-supervised by Dr. Mark Gilbert, will examine the barriers experienced in accessing HIV healthcare, how gender and sexual fluidity effect these barriers overtime and how the trajectory of HIV treatment and healthcare access changes for 2SLGBTQ+ women living with HIV in Vancouver, BC.

Rhiannon’s other work has centred around vaccine uptake in people living with HIV, experiences of living with HIV and menopause and abortion rights within the U.K. Before joining CGSHE and UBC, they studied nursing at King’s College London and has an MSc in Clinical Trials from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a Registered Nurse and has worked as a research nurse in Sexual Health and HIV at University College London and for the World Health Organisation.