PAN Affiliated Researchers


PAN works with researchers from academic institutions, health authorities, and other agencies from across British Columbia and is grateful for their engagement in community-based research principles, mutual support for PAN studies and commitment to genuine partnerships.

Dr. Catherine Worthington

Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria

Principal Investigator: CBR Collaborative, REACH, Positive Living, Positive Homes

Co-Investigator: Making It Work, BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index

Catherine Worthington, Ph.D., is a faculty member and Director of the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Cathy has a long history of collaboration with HIV communities in conducting community-based and participatory research. As a key partner in PAN’s Community-Based Research Program, Cathy is the co-lead (with PAN’s executive director Evin Jones) for the BC Core Team of the CIHR CBR Collaborative and CIHR Centre for REACH and is the academic lead of the Positive Living, Positive Homes community-based research study on HIV and housing in BC. To learn more about Cathy, view this Faces of UVic Research video and her presentation titled: Working Together: A Dialogue for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Research Partners.

To learn more about Cathy’s approach to research please read her “5 questions with…” blog post.


Sherri Pooyak

Community-Based Research Manager, Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative (AHA Centre), Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Co-Principal Investigator: Making It Work Study

Sherri Pooyak is of Cree ancestry from Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan and currently resides in Victoria, BC. Sherri Graduated with a Masters’ of Social Work in 2009, her work focusing on Indigenous women involved in sex work, and focused on the positive aspects of familial relationships and the resilience of Indigenous women who are involved in the sex trade. She has been engaged in Indigenous health research for over ten years and now, as the Community-Based Research Manager with the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative (AHA Centre) with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Sherri is focused on the area of Indigenous research involving HIV and AIDS. As the Community-Based Research Manager, Sherri assists Indigenous communities in developing their research capacities, managing Community-Research Associates and mentoring Indigenous students who are interested in Indigenous health research.

To learn more about Sherri and her approach to research please see her “5 questions with…” blog post.


Sophie Bannar-Martin

Manager for STOP HIV, Bloodborne Disease and Harm Reduction, Island Health

Principal Investigator: BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Study

Sophie Bannar-Martin holds a Master of Public Health and is the Manager for STOP HIV, Bloodborne Diseases and Harm Reduction for Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority). Sophie has worked with Island Health since 2014 and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of regional programs and services addressing bloodborne disease prevention, testing and treatment as well as harm reduction and related aspects of the opioid overdose response. Sophie is the Principal Investigator for the BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Project and helps guide data analysis, knowledge translation, and intervention planning for its best application to healthcare and people’s experiences of HIV stigma in BC.


PAN is also pleased to be able to support the next generation of researchers and public health professionals by hosting trainees through practicums and other learning opportunities.

Katsistohkwí:io Jacco

MA in Political Science and Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood Student, UVic

Graduate Research Trainee, Making it Work Project

Katsistohkwí:io is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawà:ke, QC and is currently studying for her MA at the University of Victoria. She is grateful to be a guest living on Lekwungen and WSANEC territories, also known as Victoria. Her research interests are concentrated on the improvement of the quality of health for Indigenous peoples in Canada, which is what sparked her interest to work for PAN. Her proposed MA is titled Strengthening Community Relations Through the Reclamation and Consumption of Indigenous Foods. This project seeks to promote the return to knowledge and consumption of traditional Kanien’kehá:ka foods in the community of Kahnawà:ke as a tool to improve the health and well-being in terms of physical, mental, emotional and familial aspects of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Katsistohkwí:io is also working with the Making it Work Research team as a Graduate Research Trainee. To read more about Katsistohkwí:io’s approach to research please read her “5 questions with…” blog post.

Joanna Tulloch

MPH Practicum Student, UVIC – 2019

Joanna has been a nurse since 2009 and has spent the majority of her career living and working in Whitehorse, Yukon. Joanna is currently working on her second year of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Victoria and will be completing a practicum with the Pacific AIDS Network as part of that program from January to April 2019.

To learn more about Joanna’s approach to research please read her “5 questions with…” blog post.