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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
August 27, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Robb Travers

Chair, Health Sciences; Associate Professor, Health Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3276

Office Location: BA436A


Dr. Robb Travers holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg , an MA in Community Psychology ( University of Toronto ) and a PhD in Public Health Sciences ( University of Toronto ). Dr. Travers maintains an active community-based research program that seeks to understand HIV risk behaviours' in broader social context and the development and impact of interventions at various levels (individual, community, and structural/societal). He is also interested in factors that impede emotional well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth as well as people living with HIV/AIDS. He is an advocate for community-based research approaches as a tool of community empowerment and social change.

Dr. Travers and his research partners have been awarded a number of grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to examine 1) social exclusion, poverty and HIV vulnerability among transgender people in Ontario; 2) access barriers to sexual health services for diverse groups of youth in Toronto; 3) strategies for strengthening the capacity of university-based research ethics boards to better understand community-based research.

Dr. Travers is also actively engaged in a number of other research projects examining:

  the impact of homophobia and transphobia on the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth

  issues facing HIV+ immigrants, refugees and undocumented individuals to the Kitchener-Waterloo region

  issues facing LGBT immigrants, refugees and undocumented individuals to Canada

  criminalization and mandatory disclosure of HIV status and its impact on people living with HIV

  the impact of HIV-related stigma on well-being and broader health outcomes

  developing capacity-building models to encourage community groups to understand and take part in community-based research

Dr. Travers holds additional appointments as:

  Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto

  Associate Scientist, The Ontario HIV Treatment Network,

  Associate Research Scientist, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital ( Toronto )