Susan Holtzman PhD


Current Positions and Affiliations:


  • Assistant Professor and Lead Investigator of the Health Psychology Laboratory, UBC Okanagan

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Psychosocial factors that influence emotional and physical adjustment to chronic health conditions
  • How close relationships can help or hinder patients’ efforts to cope with their disease
  • How chronic illness can impact the family   

Current Research Related to the Institute’s Priorities:

Understanding the relationship between physical activity service provision
and physical activity participation in older adults living in Kelowna, BC
PI: Cristina Caperchione
Co-I: Susan Holtzman, Nelly Oelke
Funded by: FHSD Internal Research Grant

Improving the health of men who have sex with men: Engaging local physicians
Supervisor: S. Holtzman
Student: K. Drabot
Date: 2011
Funded by: Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences, Undergraduate Research Award, $8,000

SUCCEED: Supporting and understanding Canadian couples' experiences with early dementia
PI: Carole Robinson
Co-I: S. Holtzman, J. Bottorff, B. Pesut, C. Reid, E. Antifeau, J. Hamilton
Date:  2011 - 2012
Funded by: FHSD Operating Grant $10,000

Improving the Health and Well-Being of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Interior of British Columbia
PI: Susan Holtzman, Daryle Roberts
Co-I: Kevin Saya-Moore, Zach Walsh, Eli Puterman
Date: 2010-2011
Funded by: IHLCDP, Research Interest Group Grant, $10,000

Barriers to Accessing Medical Cannabis Among Individuals with Chronic Illness
PI: Zach Walsh,  Robert Callaway
Co-I: Jamie Marshall, Susan Holtzman, Michael Woodworth
Date: 2010-2011
Funded By: IHLCDP, Research Interest Group Grant, $10,000

Supporting the Health and Well-being of Rural and Urban Caregivers
PI: Carole Robinson, Tanis Coletti, Meredith Lilly
Co-I: J. Bottorff, S. Broughton, S. Holtzman, G. Fyles, K. MacDonough, B. Pesut
Date: 2009-2010
Funded by: IHLCDP, Research Interest Group Grant, $10,000

Publications and Reports:


In small cities, men who have sex with men less likely to get tested for HIV; CBC News, June 3, 2016.

Reports, Presentations & Publications

Holtzman, S., Landis, L., Walsh, Z., Puterman, E., Roberts, D., & Saya-Moore, K. (2016). Predictors of HIV testing among men who have sex with men: A focus on men living outside major urban centres in Canada. AIDS Care, 28(6), 705-711.  doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1164288


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Susan Holtzman
Assistant Professor 

Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences
Unit 4: Psychology
UBC Okanagan
3187 University Way ASC 283
Kelowna  BC  V1V 1V7

Tel:  250-807-8730


Health Psychology Lab web:

Susan Holtzman