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Additional Affiliations

Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Director, Centre for Health Promotion Research, UBC
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU

Research Interests
  • Health promotion
  • Community participation in health system decision-making
  • Mental health and population health
  • Health impact assessment
  • Participatory research
  • Community health
  • Health promotion in primary care
  • Homelessness and health equity
  • Health literacy
  • Population health intervention research
  • Sociobehavioural and health ethics
  • Supportive housing for persons with mental health and addictions issues

Dr. Jim Frankish is Director of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Health Promotion Research and an Endowed Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. He is also a clinical psychologist. He has held awards from B.C. Health Research Foundation, Healthway Foundation (Western Australia), the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the Public Health Association of B.C., the Canadian Public Health Association, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He has played significant roles in over 120 research projects including many graduate studies, has had over 20 interdisciplinary students and worked with students and colleagues from 34 disciplines.

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Dr. Frankish has published papers on community participation, mental health and population health, health impact assessment, and participatory research. Prior work includes research on regional health boards and national studies of measures of community health, provincial health goals, and criteria for health promotion in primary care. His current projects focus on homelessness and health literacy.

Dr. Frankish created a unique undergraduate course on the meaning, measurement, and determinants of health, and is designing a “Health 101” course for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He was co-principal investigator on a six-year, Canadian Institutes of Health Research training program focused on community health promotion; and is co-investigator on a similar national training program focused on population health intervention research. In 2012, he was Lead Editor of a special supplement to the Canadian Journal of Public Health on population-health intervention research. Dr. Frankish was also co-principal investigator on the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi Study, a national, longitudinal study of benefits of supportive housing for persons with mental health and addictions issues.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver