British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health – CANADA

Lorraine Greaves, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist and Senior Investigator at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Canada and former Executive Director at the BCCEWH from 1997–2009. She has worked in academic, government, education and NGO settings. Lorraine is an international expert in women’s tobacco use, sex and gender in research and gendered tobacco policy and programming. She has published 9 books including the award-winning Smoke Screen: Women’s Smoking and Social Control (1996), Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use (with Poole, 2007) and Transforming Addiction: gender, trauma and transdisciplinarity (with Poole and Boyle, 2015).

Lorraine is a researcher, speaker and writer on addiction and substance use, trauma and violence, and tobacco use, particularly among girls and women. She is the lead mentor of IMPART ( a training program in gender, women addiction and mental health issues for graduate students funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Lorraine carries out knowledge translation programs aimed at integrating gender and diversity analyses into tobacco control and improving health promotion for women. She is a member of the International Liaison Group on Tobacco Control, tasked with selecting and overseeing the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, 2018. She was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in 2007 from the University of Ottawa for her work improving women’s health and the INWAT Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

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