Congratulations to Dr. Heather Palis, Recipient of a CIHR Fellowship and Ranked in the Top 1% of Applicants!


Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow and 2020/2021 IMH Marshall Award recipient Dr. Heather Palis, who was not only successful in the recent CIHR Fellowship competition, but also ranked in the top 1% of the national applicant pool.

Supervised by Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite (SPPH) and Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Dr. Palis is currently engaged in studies to advance the health and well-being of people who use substances and are involved in the criminal justice system. The CIHR reviewers noted that she has received numerous awards in last 10 years, many of which are among Canada’s most prestigious research agencies, including Killam and CIHR (Banting Doctoral Award).

Additionally, Dr. Palis has an impressive publication record at this early stage of her academic career, which includes 15 journal articles (7 as 1st author), 38 Presentations, 1 report and 1 clinical guideline in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health. The reviewers also noted her active mentorship of junior trainees/students, her instrumental role in obtaining five research grants, and her excellent research environment which has strong potential for establishing Dr. Palis as an independent investigator.

Dr. Palis holds a PhD from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, where her research examined health and substance use trajectories among people receiving injectable opioid agonist treatment. Her postdoctoral research is supported by a Marshall Fellowship through UBC’s Institute of Mental Health and uses linked administrative health and corrections data derived from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Provincial Overdose Cohort to examine trends of overdose and recidivism among people with criminal justice system involvement in BC.

Congratulations to Dr. Palis on this outstanding achievement!

Read more about Dr. Palis’ research project here.