Biography

Gillian is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Her career to date, both academically and professionally, has focused on the barriers to healthcare and social services confronted by marginalized populations. Her PhD research uses ethnographic and qualitative methods to examine the delivery of health services within the spaces where people gather to use illicit drugs. She is exploring how risk and harm are experienced, embodied and mitigated by people who use drugs within the environments where they use drugs, and her research aims to increase uptake of prevention interventions, and improve pathways into treatment and care. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work, both from McGill University. Gillian works on the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families study.

Recent Publications

Werb, D., Bluthenthal, R., Kolla, G., Strike, C., Kral, A., Uusküla, A., & Des Jarlais, D. (2017). Preventing injection drug use initiation: State of the evidence and opportunities for the future. Journal of Urban Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-017-0192-8

Kolla, G., Strike, C., Watson, T.M., Jairam, J., Fischer, B., Bayoumi, A. (2017). Risk creating and risk reducing: Community perceptions of supervised consumption facilities for illicit drug use. Health, Risk and Society, 19(1-2), 91-111. http://doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2017.1291918

Strike, C., Khobzi Rotondi, N., Watson, T.M., Kolla, G., & Bayoumi, A. (2016). Public opinions about supervised smoking facilities for crack cocaine and other stimulants. Substance Abuse, Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 11(8)doi: 10.1186/s13011-016-0052-7

Enns, E., Zaric, G., Strike, C., Jairam, J., Kolla, G., & Bayoumi, A. (2016). Potential cost-effectiveness of supervised injection facilities in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Addiction111(3), 475-489. doi: 10.1111/add.13195

Kolla, G., Strike, C., Roy, E., Altenberg, J., Balian, R., Silver, R., & Hunt, N. (2015). Initiation stories: An examination of the narratives of people who assist with a first injection. Substance Use and Misuse, 50(13), 1619-1627.

Strike, C., Watson, T.M., Kolla, G., Penn, R., & Bayoumi, A. (2015). Ambivalence about supervised injection facilities among community stakeholders. Harm Reduction Journal, 12(26). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-015-0060-3

Watson, T.M., Strike, C., Kolla, G., Penn, R., & Bayoumi, A. (2015). ‘Drugs don’t have age limits’: The challenge of setting age restrictions for supervised injection facilities. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 22(4), 370-379.