Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
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- BA, Anthropology University of Victoria
- MA, Anthropoloby University of Victoria
- PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies University of British Columbia
Dr. Small received his doctorate from the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2010. He then completed two and a half years of postdoctoral training within the Department of Medicine (Division of AIDS) at UBC and the Australian National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (now the Kirby Institute) at the University of New South Wales. Dr. Small joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU as an Assistant Professor in September 2012. He is also a Research Scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. He currently holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Investigator Scholar Award.
Dr. Small’s work has applied social science methods to study public health problems among illicit drug users, with a focus on HIV prevention and interventions designed to reduce drug-related harm. His current research program applies ethno-spatial epidemiological methods to examine the impact of social, structural and physical environments on HIV risk behaviour and HIV treatment-related outcomes among illicit drug users. This work employs an interdisciplinary approach integrating ethnographic observational fieldwork, in-depth interviews, and geo-spatial mapping techniques in connection with three prospective epidemiological cohort studies of illicit drug users based in Vancouver. These cohort studies include the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS) of street-involved drug using youth, the Vancouver Injection Drug User Study (VIDUS) of HIV-negative injection drug users, and the AIDS Care Cohort to Evaluate Access to Survival Services (ACCESS) composed HIV-positive drug users.
Publications and Activities
View Dr. William Small's publications here.
- Implementation Research to Improve Scale-Up of Depression Services in Vietnam (IRIS-DSV)
- Impacts of universal access to HIV/AIDS care among HIV+ injection drug users
- Building the evidence required for needs-based planning of care for mental disorders and substance use disorders in BC
- An ethno-epidemiological study to advance HIV preventiion and treatment for people who use drugs (PWUD)
- Establishing a Canada-France research collaboration to reduce drug- and sexual-related harms among HIV-positive and -negative MSM
- Identifying experiences of people who inject drugs (PWID) with Direct-Acting Antiviral (DAA) HCV treatment to inform policies and programs