Advisory Committee

The RHSRNbc Advisory Committee is comprised of University Site Leaders, all of whom have extensive experience in rural health services research. Their knowledge and expertise continue to guide RHSRNbc’s activities and events. Currently, the Advisory Committee has representation from the University of British Columbia (UBC), UBC’s Okanagan Campus (UBCO), the University of Northern BC (UNBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), Selkirk College, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), the University of Victoria (UVic) and Vancouver Island University (VIU).


Dr. Julie Drolet, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human, Social and Education Development, Thompson Rivers University

Julie is particularly interested in the shifting context of Canadian and international social policies, the social construction of women’s lived experiences, and anti-oppressive social work field education. She is a Domain Leader in Settlement, Integration, and Welcoming Communities, and Senior Researcher with Metropolis BC. Dr. Drolet is the inaugural director of the Centre for International Social Work and Research at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).


Dr. Laurie Goldsmith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Goldsmith is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She has a Ph.D. in health policy from the University of North Carolina and a M.Sc. in health research methodology from McMaster University. Laurie Goldsmith is also a member of the steering committee for a feasibility assessment for a centre for excellence in primary care research in BC and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Her research interests include access to health care, medical underservice, rural health, comparative health care systems, the politics of health care delivery, and the use of qualitative methods in health services and policy research. Currently, Laurie is leading a project examining organization and delivery features of community health centres in BC.

Tammy McLean, RN BSN MN

Selkirk College

Information to come




Dr. Neil Hanlon, PhD

Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Northern B.C.

Dr. Hanlon is Chair of the Geography program at UNBC and an Associate Professor. His research interests are in the field of health geography, focusing primarily on formal and informal health service provision in rural and remote locations. He is presently involved in a number of research projects looking at various ways in which processes of health care delivery and place-making interact. These projects include: a longitudinal study of the role of networks and partnerships in bringing about local primary health care transformation and integration; ongoing study which investigates the impacts of distributed medical education programs for recruitment and retention of health professionals in both host and target communities; and an exploratory study of the transformative role of voluntarism and the voluntary sector in aging resource-based communities.

Carol Stuart BA, BPHE, MEd, PhD

Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Service, Vancouver Island University

Carol has been a faculty member at the Schools of Child and Youth Care with Grant MacEwan Community College (now University), University of Victoria and Ryerson University and has been the Dean for Health and Human Services at Vancouver Island University since Spring 2011 where she is actively leading the development faculty scholarship within a teaching-focused University . Carol developed course work and taught in special distance delivery models to Aboriginal students in Northern Alberta with Grant MacEwan (1986-89) and in Northern Manitoba with University of Manitoba (1995-96). Carol’s research interests include professional practice standards; integrated service delivery; participatory and qualitative approaches to research. Recent research projects include: “CYC Contributions to Evidence-Based Practice and “Personalized Services for the Mental Health Of Children and Youth”. She has supported over 25 graduate students, including Aboriginal students at University of Victoria and Ryerson University. She is the author of “Foundations of Child and Youth Care” (2009/2013-Kendall/Hunt Publishers) and the co-author of “Right Here, Right Now: Life-space Intervention for Children and Youth” (2012-Pearson, Canada) . Carol is the Managing Editor for Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, a Canadian journal for practitioners, educators, and researchers.

Dr. Patricia MacKenzie, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Victoria

Dr. Patricia MacKenzie joined the University of Victoria (UVic) as an Associate Professor for the School of Social Work in July 1999. Patricia teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the School of Social Work and is a research affiliate at the Centre on Aging. She is currently serving as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to working at UVic, Dr. MacKenzie spent 11 years as an Associate Professor and Director of the Saskatoon Community Education Center at the University of Regina. Dr. MacKenzie holds an MSW from UBC and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. Her primary research interests include health care, aging, interdisciplinary practice and rural communities.

Betty Brown

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Management, University of British Columbia; Community Health Facilitator, Interior Health Authority

Betty Brown is the Community Research Lead in the Research Department of Interior Health and an Honorary Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Betty is the founding member of the Regional Alliance for Rural Health – a partnership between six post-secondary institutions and three health partners to improve rural health and wellbeing through community-based applied and academic research. Betty develops regional networks, maintains an inventory of active rural health research in the Interior region, issues a rural health e news, and co-leads a rural health research webinar series in collaboration with the UBCO Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention. She is a member of three current rural research teams and is a current member of the UBC Institute for Health Systems Transformation & Sustainability – Sustaining the Village project advisory committee, the BC Rural Health Services Research Network bc, Advisory Committee, the BC Mental Health Literacy network, a board member of the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition and an Advisory Committee member of UBCO’s Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, the Centre for Mindful Engagement and the Community Based Research committee.