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Holly Mathias

PhD student, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Holly Mathias, MA, is a PhD student and Vanier Scholar in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. She is also a trainee with the Inner City Health and Wellness Program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (Edmonton, AB), and a member of the GROWW national training cohort - a CIHR-funded training platform dedicated to support trainees conducting women and girls' health research.

Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies and English Literature from Queen’s University (2016), and a Master of Arts in Health Promotion and Certificate of University Teaching and Learning from Dalhousie University (2018). Before relocating to Edmonton in 2021, Holly was a research coordinator and sessional instructor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University.

Holly’s doctoral research examines the role of family caregiving for people who use drugs in rural Canada through a gender lens. Her research is driven by her desire to improve and sustain equitable access to mental health and substances use services and supports in rural and remote areas of Canada. Her other areas of expertise and interest include access to services, health equity, harm reduction, rural health, and women's health.


  • –present
    PhD student, University of Alberta


  • 2018 
    Dalhousie University, Master of Arts Health Promotion