St. Paul's Hospital
Chris Richardson, PhD, M.Sc., BA
Program Head – Psychosocial Epidemiology, CHÉOS
Research Associate, UBC School of Population and Public Health
Exploring Paths to Healing with Formerly Incarcerated Men
Evidence indicates that a high prevalence of trauma experience among incarcerated populations, including substantial childhood adversity, with at least 50% reporting a history of childhood sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. Experiencing childhood trauma has been shown to alter brain development and impact the ability to establish supportive relationships and regulate emotions. The experience of incarceration itself is also emerging as a recognized form of trauma, with well documented impacts on physical and mental health. Supported by the Vancouver Foundation and the Health Canada-Substance Use and Addictions Program, a five-year project will engage formerly incarcerated men to identify opportunities to raise awareness about the links between trauma, resiliency, and health-related behaviour. Using a series of focus groups, interviews, and a photo-voice project, we seek to understand how to foster resiliency among men with a history of incarceration and work with key stakeholders to co-develop a trauma- and resilience-oriented health literacy resource for use in community and institutional settings.
Work in Progress (WiP) presentations take place at St. Paul’s Hospital on alternating Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 PM. These seminars provide investigators with an opportunity to present ongoing research, obtain feedback from colleagues and peers, and make new connections for their projects. Talks are open, and a light lunch is served.