Tamara is a researcher on a university placement with the Public Health and Human Rights team, supporting their work to monitor global harm reduction interventions.
Tamara holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Victoria (Canada), and is currently enrolled in a Masters in Human Rights at the University of Vienna (Austria).
Tamara joined Harm Reduction International in September 2019. Before joining, she worked for several years in government and non-governmental organisations delivering health and social services in Canada. Within her work, she integrated a social justice framework and human rights lens to understand how an individual's social condition, factors, and location intersect with their overall well-being. She has expertise in providing harm reduction interventions within sexual health and people who use drugs. Through her work, she has addressed social inequalities at the community level and has advocated for greater access to public resources.
Tamara worked at The Victoria Cool Aid Society as a community case manager providing outreach services working specifically with the homeless population. She also worked as a research assistant for the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, where she conducted interviews with the homeless population for the Alcohol and other drug monitoring project.
Tamara brings critical analytic skills to address systemic barriers communities may face due to societal and institutional oppression.