Shahram, Sana

Sana Shahram

Sana Shahram  PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Contact Info

UBC Okanagan
1147 Research Road  ART 165
Kelowna  BC  V1V 1V7

Tel: 250-807-8685

UBCO SoN web: Sana Shahram 

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Michael Smith Foundation Health Research Scholar (2021 – 2026)
  • Embedded Health Equity scholar, Interior Health’s Population and Public Health
  • Collaborating Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research | University of Victoria
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy | University of Victoria


  • Social determinants of health
  • Health equity
  • Substance Use
  • Indigenous wellness
  • Public health systems and services
  • Maternal and child health

A Perinatal Collaborative Community Laboratory on Substance Use and Harm Reduction: The Mothering Co/Lab
PI: Sana Shahram
Co-Is: Karen Urbanoski, Bernie Pauly, Christopher Horsethief, Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
Date: 2022-2025
Funded by: SSHRC Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative $450,000

Promoting Health Equity Through Anti-Colonial Health Systems Transformation: The xacqanal itkinil (Many Ways of Working on the Same Thing) Research Project
PIs: Sana Shahram, Christopher Horsethief, Sophie Pierre, Bernadette M Pauly
Co-Is:  Alexandra Kent, Shaunee Murphy, Smokii Sumac
Date:  2021 – 2026
Funded by: CIHR $960,000

Gaining CLARITY in the prevention of youth suicide: from pilot to partnership
Co-PIs: Sana Shahram, Katrina Plamondon
Co-Is: Shelly Ben-David
Date: 2021-2022
Funded by: SSHRC Connection Grant $75,000

Homelessness: Identifying technology and service delivery solutions to reduce homelessness in vulnerable populations
PI: John R. Graham
CoIs: Shirley Chau, Gordon Lovegrove, Sana Shahram, Eric Li, Paul van Donkelaar, Trevor Corneil, Kyleen Myrah, Alina Turner, Kerry Rempel
Date:  2020 – 2023
Funded by: UBCO Eminence Research Cluster Fund

BC Community Network of Substance Use Observatories: Monitoring and Informing Public Responses to Substance Use
Co-PIs: Bernie Pauly, Karen Urbanoski
Co-Is:  Sana Shahram, Bruce Wallace, Nathan Lachowksy, Dan Reist, Jane Buxton
Date: 2019-2024
Funded by: Health Canada Substance Use and Addictions Program

xaȼqanaǂ ʔitkiniǂ (Many Ways of Working Together): Laying the Foundation for a Participatory Action Research Project Plan
PI: Sana Shahram
Co-Is:  Christopher Horsethief; Bernie Pauly; Hereditary Chief Sophie Pierre; Alexandra Kent
Date: 2019-2020
Funded by: Vancouver Foundation

The CLARITY (Community-Led Actions for Resiliency Important Throughout Youth) Research Program
Co-PIs:  Sana Shahram, Katrina Plamondon
Co-Is: Shelly Ben-David, Melissa Feddersen, Deanne Taylor,  Tom Kemp, Jocelyn Lynette, Leslie Bryant
Date: 2018 – 2021
Funded by: KGH Foundation, Blenk Family Fund, Interior Health